Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Children perceive their world through a multi-sensory experience, yet education, especially in rural government schools, is strictly one-dimensional. Teachers follow rote methods, with little additional material to reinforce learning. Moreover, because of administrative duties and limited resources, rural teachers are often not present, leaving children without resources for constructive engagement in areas where education is the only way out of abject poverty.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Vinyas improves the quality of education by transforming the one common element in all rural schools—the physical infrastructure. Its Building as Learning Aid (BALA) idea uses school spaces, including classrooms, steps, and the natural environment, to create affordable learning environments that can be actively used as learning resources, with or without teacher presence: a window security grill to help students conceptualize fractions, a range of angles marked under a door to explain basic geometry, and ceiling fans painted with color wheels to understand rotational symmetry. By creating individualized indoor and outdoor spaces of learning, Vinyas' 150 three-dimensional spaces optimize existing resources to aid child development.