The Design Thinking Guide for Schools is designed as an individual workbook for 13-year-olds (Grade 8). The guide is designed as a 30-hour curriculum, and allows for a flexibility in implementation as per each school's own philosophy and context.
Design thinking at its core is the mindset that allows you to believe that you are not helpless, that change is possible and you can drive it.
The framework allows us to develop empathy to identify the right problems and work together to make the situation better.
In this framework are embedded the 21st century skills also prescribed by the National Curriculum Framework 2005.
DTG can be a part of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service).
The objectives of CAS focus on students developing reflective thinking, *willingness to accept new challenges*, awareness of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment. These objectives are completely in synergy with what Design Thinking Guide also aims for, therefore DTG can be very easily incorporated as a part of CAS.
In ICSE, Socially Useful and Productive Work (SUPW) is a mandatory subject and the focus is on building values of citizenship in children. The core idea is to provide children with a space to engage with society and develop skills through which they can add value to their community. DTG will be able to adequately provide the same and further build value of empathy in children leading to their fruitful engagement in society.
CBSE and State Boards have introduced Life Skills Curriculum in schools. Life Skills Education aims to enable adolescents to articulate their issues and know their rights; build their self-esteem and self confidence; and develop the ability to take responsibility for self, relationships and the immediate society around them. The major objectives of Life Skills Education are to develop skills to empower young adolescents to respond to real life situations in positive and responsible ways. DTG begins with children mapping their community and identifying the hot spots that they would like to work towards to bring a positive change. The process followed in DTG empowers children with the "I Can" spirit building their self confidence and acting as catalyst for their transformation into change-makers.