About the Summit
The Gap Year Summit will be organized in the spirit of the gift culture (which means that we invite you to contribute what you are able to) with a suggested contribution of Rs1000. There is a minimum registration confirmation fee of Rs50. The event will be in Hindi and English.
In addition, the time is ripe for new innovations as the recently released New Education Policy in India which opens up many more possibilities for taking a year away from the formal education system as it recognizes the need for real-life experiences to complement academic study.
The idea of taking a Gap year, which has world-wide become increasingly popular over the years, is even more compelling now, during Covid, when so many schools, colleges and businesses remain either closed or have shifted to online classes. In these highly uncertain times, many high school students in the US have decided not to enroll into college in the coming year, and over a third of them are considering taking a gap year.
A gap year is just not a year away from classrooms, textbooks and exams. It is an opportunity to deepen oneself through many diverse kinds of real world experiences which engage the head, heart, hands and home.
Although in theory it’s possible (and enjoyable) to take a gap year at any time in one’s life, it’s a good idea to grab the chance early on if you can, before the responsibility of sustaining a job or family, or repaying student loans ties you down. A gap year is an important rites of passage in adulthood into many cultures.
There are so many good reasons for taking a pause during school or college or after college. A gap year is a great way to step off the treadmill for a while to recharge your batteries, to discover more about yourself and what you love and enjoy. It is a way to have an inspiring adventure, discover unusual paths, learn something new, deepen an existing interest or do some work on your bucket list.
It could nudge you out of your comfort zone and help you find out what you are capable of. It is a great way to form new relationships, pick up valuable life skills, gain more confidence, independence and encounter different perspectives… and generally a great way to rejuvenate your mind and heart!
These sessions will be conducted from 5th to 10th of September 2020 and held through Zoom, Facebook Live and Basecamp. The sessions will be facilitated by friends in the field of alternative education like Vidhi Jain (Shikshantar), Aneeta Pathak (Anveshan), Manish Jain (Swaraj University), Vipul Shaha (Khoj), Prachi Mittal (Pitaara), Pashwa Jhala (Families Learning Together), Ashish Tiwari (Creativity Adda) to name a few.
Participants will be introduced to a host of youth, families and employers who will share their gap year stories and be available to answer questions and share tips. Several workshops on how to plan your gap year, how to convince your parents, how to travel without much money, and how to develop your portfolio will be offered. Lastly, one-on-one and group coaching will be available to support you in taking the next steps.
How to Register?
Interested participants can register for the summit through this link.