Freeplay For Everyone

Our philosophy is learning by doing! Our work is influenced by the Piagetian idea that learning happens when we actively build our understanding of the world through our experiences and reflect over the outcomes to construct knowledge. Moreover, Seymour Papert’s insight that we learn particularly well when we engage in constructing personally meaningful and shareable objects in the real-world, is fundamental to our approach.

At Jugaar Adda, we envision our role as enablers, functioning at two distinct planes.  At the micro level, we advance equitable access to quality learning tools, technologies, and resources by designing and developing products that aid knowledge-construction. These products include:

  • Space Design Solutions – We plan, develop and execute flexible, adaptive designs and functions for makerspaces in educational institutions that are replicable and scalable.
  • Activity Design – We develop creative methodologies and approaches for learners  to interact with materials, tools and technologies.
  • Facilitation – We create strategies that augment the interaction between Jugaar Adda, learners and educators.

Learning takes place throughout life in many places and spaces and today’s life and work environments require far more than just thinking skills and content knowledge. Learners need a broad range of experiences to develop skills, temperaments, and abilities to navigate through this global age of disruption in which change is constant and learning is a life-long process. The traits we view as fundamental to develop in children and young adults are those of open minded, critical thinkers who are self-directed learners, risk takers, and strong communicators. We hypothesize that these traits define our emergent identity as the ‘betweeners’, creating new ways of viewing and engaging with the world, not set in any specific system, but constantly experimenting through freeplay. Ultimately, the hope is to produce life-long learners who recognize the value of interdependence and assume responsibility for and take control of the direction of their future through attention, action, and reflection.

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Simultaneously, Jugaar Adda functions as a community hackerspace that connects educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and the creative industry to stimulate the jugaar mindset. The hackerspace, spanning over an area of 4000 SFT in E-11/4 Islamabad, facilitates community capacity building in thinking and designing for innovation through personal and collective fabrication. It engages community members in iterative thinking, creative thinking, and critical thinking. It’s open to anyone who wants to solve complex problems and think divergently. Here, we also conduct hands-on, material rich, rapid prototyping, and problem-solving workshops and organize community events that include exhibits, presentations, talks, discussions, performances, storytelling and brainstorming sessions to spread the jugaar spirit far and wide!

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At the macro level, our work involves supporting the maker movement nationally, regionally and internationally and building a network of partnerships with like-minded individuals and groups to encourage collaborations that ensue meaningful relationships, joint projects, shared knowledge and experience. Our aim is to create a network that represents diverse expertise, viewpoints, and cultures, bringing people together in the spirit of mutual progress that ensures ongoing innovation in learning and education. Together, we hope to bust the myth surrounding problem-solving!

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