Magic Bus began its journey of mentoring young people through the medium of sport back in 1999. It started with a vision and conviction that sport has the power to bring about change. As this was a new approach in India, Magic Bus faced many challenges along the way to develop a suitable curriculum. The programme therefore evolved as a result of on-field experiences and understanding similar programmes being run internationally.
The current curriculum
The Magic Bus curriculum follows the theory that learning happens best when learners are encouraged to construct their own learning supported by able and committed mentors in an enabling environment. This theory has helped us base our curriculum process on the key elements of a safe learning space, a joyful, participatory and experiential learning process and the mentor as an enabler of learning.
The content of the curriculum addresses objectives based on five impact areas - right to play, formal education, gender, health and socio-emotional learning. Each impact area consists of a set of messages which are delivered during weekly sessions. All of the objectives in each impact area are interrelated and thus promote the holistic development of children.
The sessions each last for two hours with one Community Youth Leader (CYL) per 25 children. The curriculum is written so that there is a clear structure for the CYL conducting the session to follow. Aligned content for conducting sessions with the parents of Magic Bus children has also been written in acknowledgement of the home being a critical part of the child’s learning.
Each session is broken down into six areas:
1. Ice breaker - which could be a song or a quick activity to make children comfortable, break inhibitions, energise and create a congenial environment for what is to follow.
2. Sporting game - which introduces or develops some sporting skill or technique.
3. Anticipatory hook - which brings the focus towards the main objective and prepares the children for the message to be introduced in the main activity. The anticipatory hook is energising and sometimes uses theme songs which remain common across an objective.
4. Main game - which aims to achieve the main objective with the help of a metaphor for each session. The metaphor allows the children an opportunity to compare a relationship that is evident in the activity with another relationship from their real life.
5. Sit-breathe-think – which is incorporated in each session so that children get an opportunity to learn thinking and listening skills, deep breathing, patience, upright posture, expressing one’s opinions and respecting others opinions.
6. Take away – which is stated at the end of each session and helps the facilitator to summarise the specific key message that emerges from that session which children can directly relate to and apply in their lives.
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