“The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teacher for the public school, or to be a centre of polite society; it is above all to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, and adjustment which forms the secrets of civilisation...And the final product of our training must be be neither a psychologist nore a brick mason, but a man…” W.E.B. Du Bois
Reality labs are the actual gardens of vision, knowledge and skills that come together linking centers of excellence and the community to create a lasting solution to a real problem. If the solution is like a tree then it grows and all ‘gardeners tend to it’ knowing exactly what their role is through application of knowledge and skills and sharing experience to create a community, thriving, self sufficient and well balanced as an economy and a society.
Reality labs give people ( all stakeholders) a space to question what is education and link University to that space to bring in the knowledge and skills, as centers of excellence to plant the seed for specific problem solutions. It enables knowledge to become alive and pave the path for betterment of the society to have access to good education, health services and create vibrant livelihoods. University research projects breathe with life and application and create true solutions be it a smart agriculture and biodynamic nourishment of soil, alternative jobs and smarter cities for mining towns or eco friendly and green buses for public transport...
Open Education creates a space through reality labs where:
- everyone's voice is heard
- real life problems get real solutions
- university works for the community
- centers of excellence are galvanised by local and broader talent
- ecosystem of a functional and productive society is built