Knowledge in simple words is the familiarity that one has with the things around. Knowledge is in fact considered to be a belief that is justified and is also true. Knowledge has three basic elements
1. A human or mental belief about something or a state of affair.
2. The state of the affairs is true and corresponds to the belief.
3. There are logical and empirical factors that legitimise the belief.
Knowledge is the central concept of education. It is knowledge that helps an individual to become aware of the experiences they have in a meaningful manner. Knowledge is what helps students as well to learn what they do in school or from books. Students need to have related knowledge which means that students need to have knowledge of a specific concept before understanding the next one.
Students must start learning at a very early age so that they can develop knowledge of their surroundings and an array of concepts so that they can develop their skills, especially cognitive ones. Ziyyara feels that children start learning from a very early age because of their curious nature. Curiosity is engraved in the structure of the human mind and more so in the minds of the children.
Curiosity simply means the desire to learn and to understand new things. Curiosity of children is fulfilled by parents, teachers as well as their peers. While learning for children begin at home when they are taught the very basic etiquettes and syllables by their parents, the school follows a more formal system of education. The students in school learn many subjects and develop an understanding of what happens and why. Curiosity is what motivates the students in school to keep learning more and more about a specific subject and topic.
Ziyyara Edutech focuses on four types of knowledge that need to be instilled in the students from an early age using their curious brains. These include:
a) General Knowledge: General knowledge helps students develop knowledge about what is happening in the world. This type of knowledge is essential for students to understand the normal language and enables
them to relate what they know with contextual knowledge.
b) Vocabulary Knowledge: This knowledge relates to knowledge of different words and also to know how to use them at different places. Reading is a great source of developing vocabulary knowledge.
c) Concept-based Knowledge: This type of knowledge is developed by students through hands-on experiences. This type of knowledge actually puts curiosity of students to test as it helps students to collect
different views and information by interacting with the outside world.
d) Knowledge from books: Books provide a lot of information to the students and help them to use their curious minds to gain geographical, political, religious as well as cultural knowledge about the world.
When it comes to helping children learn, Ziyyara feels that curiosity must be central to lessons and any online classes it offers to students via its education platform. The following are the reasons why curiosity is considered important and why Ziyyara develops all lessons to work on the curious minds of the students:
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A. Curiosity makes students active and not passive: Curiosity driven knowledge makes the minds of students stronger. The students also become active learners asking questions and search for answers in their
minds. This keeps their minds always working.
B. Curiosity makes the mind of students more observant about new ideas: When students are made to learn by instigating their curiosity, it makes them more observant about new ideas. It enables the students to be open to new ideas and anticipate them instead of closing their minds or missing out on great ideas.
C. Curiosity opens up new worlds and possibilities: When students are curious, they will see new possibilities and worlds which may otherwise not be visible to passive brains.
D. Curiosity makes learning exciting: When students are curious to learn, they are not bored with what they are learning. In fact, the students pay more attention to what they are learning or what is being taught.
For curiosity driven knowledge, Ziyyara Edutech recommends the following for the students who learn via education portal:
(i). Keep an open mind: Students need to keep an open mind to learn, unlearn and re-learn the various concepts.
(ii) Ask questions: For curiosity driven knowledge, it is important for students to ask questions. Students must try to know the why, what, how, who and where of everything they learn.
(iii) Consider learning fun: Curiosity driven knowledge can be gained only when students consider learning to be fun. Learning must never be taken as a burden. Ziyyara makes every possible effort to ensure that the lessons and classes for students are filled with fun and excitement so that the students never get bored.
(iv) Reading various books: It is essential for students to read a variety of books to keep their curious brains working all the time. Reading a variety of books enables students to spark an interest in different subjects and explore these further.
Ziyyara makes every possible effort to keep the students curious to learn in a very effective manner.