The KINOVI Approach
We believe that every child should have access to quality, personalised education that enables them to be happy, resourceful and successful in an ever-changing world.
The KINOVI Strategy
Purpose, Thinking and Philosophy
The world is challenged by finding the balance between economic development and global limits. The information and communication revolution is still unfolding and has already altered the fabric of knowledge, commerce, and society.
What can we do?
Current and future leaders will have to reimagine the world amidst a current silent revolution that will forever change the way humanity produce and consume goods and services. We are on the cusp of a major manufacturing revolution that will possibly transform the material basis of human life. We will need new solutions and confront new problems at local and global levels.
The terms smart, innovation and disruption has become synonymous with the changing world of work, social space and the reality of a fast changing global economy.
What do we aim to achieve?
By creating a creative and innovative environment we want to commit our learners to the practice of heedful living, which will nurture and develop respect, care and appreciation for our place in this world. By exposing them to educational and innovative ideas from a young age, we want each of our learners to gain confidence in his or her own abilities.
KINOVI’s approach is well suited for honouring the world in all its complexity and depth as well as shining a light on the path each of us can take to make a contribution and tackle the imminent issues confronting us in the 21st century.
The 21st Century Child
Our programs are designed to prepare our learners for tomorrow’s knowledge-based, highly competitive and innovative careers in an increasingly complex and globalised world thus ensuring creative children who are willing to explore and learn.
How do we achieve this?
Happy and active children are creative children who are willing to explore and learn. Our purpose is therefore:
“To pursue the nurturing of human beings independently from a specific political and cultural affiliation. A human being that will be able to advance and preserve planet earth for a sustainable future.”
We have to move away from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.
– Sir Ken Robinson
The KINOVI Approach
Tools and Techniques
The Montessori Method
Dr. Montessori believed that a child is born with an innate desire to learn - a natural curiosity and desire for knowledge. The goal of early childhood education is to cultivate the child's natural desire to learn.
The Montessori Method resonated with us in finding the appropriate model, tools and techniques to support our purpose, philosophy and our Ten Point Thesis. The KINOVI schools will therefore adopt the Montessori Philosophy of Education:
“Dr Montessori felt that the goal of the educational process should not be to fill the child with facts but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”
KINOVI uses a Ten Point Thesis which captures our approach in implementing the Montessori methodology at pre-school and junior school levels.
Principles of the Montessori Method
The Montessori approach is designed to support the natural development of children in a well-prepared environment. Five basic principles fairly and accurately represent how Montessori educators implement the Montessori Method:
- Respect for the child
- The absorbent mind
- Sensitive periods
- The prepared environment
- Auto-education (self-education)
Montessori allows the child to experience the excitement of discovery by their own choice. It helps them to perfect all their natural tools for learning so that their potential will be reached for future learning situations.
Characteristics of the Montessori Prepared Environment
The Montessori classroom, or 'prepared environment’ is designed to invite the child to follow his natural interests. In order to learn there must be concentration; this is best achieved by letting the child use his hands to learn. Thus all equipment and presentations involve the use of hands for learning. Characteristics include having the Freedom to:
- choose activities according to the child’s inner needs
- achieve individual potential
- explore with the learning materials
Everything in a Montessori classroom is geared to the size, pace and interests of the child. 80% of human mental development takes place in the first eight years of life, so favorable learning conditions during this period cannot be over-emphasized
The Montessori Materials
In the Montessori classroom, learning materials are arranged invitingly on low, open shelves. Children may choose whatever materials they would like to use and may work for as long as the material holds their interest. When they are finished with each material, they return it to the shelf from which it came.
The materials themselves invite activity. There are bright arrays of solid geometric forms, knobbed puzzle maps, coloured beads, and various specialized rods and blocks.
Each material in a Montessori classroom isolates one quality. In this way, the concept that the child is to discover is isolated. Moreover, the materials are self-correcting. When a piece does not fit or is left over, the child easily perceives the error. There is no need for adult "correction." The child is able to solve problems independently, building selfconfidence, analytical thinking, and the satisfaction that comes from accomplishment.
10 Point Thesis
Why Choose KINOVI
Education needs to better direct, empower and engage learners becoming an enabler that facilitates the learner’s ability to unlock new possibilities created by the technology and digital revolutions.
Education and leaners have to adapt, embrace and thrive in a constantly changing and volatile world.
Education needs to foster an innovation friendly climate and environment that encourages change and nurtures knowledge, protects and care for the earth and all creation.
Education has to adapt to a networked society that has immediate access to information and interacts in real time, embraces and engage real time social media technology platforms, digital tools and open source processes.
Education will be both user and mass driven, through collaborative platforms and cooperation.
Education will nurture and embrace the process of building relationships, which have a profound influence on personal transformation and serves as a catalyst for finding solutions.
Education needs to embrace and adapt to new ways of talent creation, culture, writing and art.
Education has to adapt and embrace new organizational forms and learning paradigms.
Education has to adapt and embrace Internet of things, connected devices, smart cities and smart world.
Education has to adapt and relate to innovation and disruption.3