The story begins in the early 2000s when a team of motivated scientists set about to make a difference in children’s learning experiences. On interaction with graduate students, they found that the students lacked in-depth conceptual clarity in their chosen subjects even though they had advanced in their academic degrees. On probing the source of this lacuna, the team realised that the problem lies in the formative years of primary and lower secondary school education where all fundamental concepts are introduced for the first time.
In order to address this problem, the team spent almost a decade interacting with teachers and students at the ground level in their school environment. This included diverse combinations of classroom teaching, activity sessions, hands-on workshops, skill training for students and intense training sessions for teachers on subject competence, student psychology and necessary skills.
Armed with the findings and learnings of this extensive ground research, the team developed the 5C™ methodology. Following this development, in the year 2011, the research, design and development team of NumberNagar® set about the task of creative a product centred around conceptual learning of core subjects, which would connect their learning to their everyday experiences. The team also focused on including various perspectives to conceptual learning by triggering interest in one subject through another and looking at a single concept through various lenses.
In this quest of creative and student-centric learning methods, the team conceived the idea of a learning space that removes barriers and invites the child to engage actively in their learning process either independently or with the help of a facilitator. NumberNagar® was inaugurated on 22 Dec 2012, National Mathematics Day, commemorating Srinivasa Ramanujan on his 125th birth anniversary.
Following a successful inauguration, NumberNagar® was officially launched in June 2013 with the first school signing up in Bengaluru.