“Yoga is a great tool to teach children to be calm, focused, enhance their physical strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and connect with their inner self. Our idea of summer camp for kids is to integrate this ancient science with yogic games,selfless service, sloka chants,bhajans and value added mythological stories in tune with nature so that it brings about a holistic development of the child."
"Such varied experiences have taught me that the essence of education is not to teach one anything, but to motivate and enable building up the right skill levels, that direct each to his individual excellence.”
3Dexter comprises of 7 school friends who had a dream of working together and cause ripples in the education sector. The idea was to promote experiential learning in the classrooms with the help of latest technologies. 3Dexter started with 7 people and has grown into a team of 24 enthusiastic educators. They invested the first 6 months in research and developed a comprehensive curriculum which is integrated with CBSE,ICSE and IB boards
APS Tezpur is one of the leading Army Public Schools of the country in both scholastic and co-scholastic areas.Her journey at APS Tezpur has started in 2012 and she had the privilege to see the school growing from strength to strength.
"I was born in Uttar Pradesh, had my education in Delhi University and I am an ex-serviceman too. I am a hardworking, self-made man with the sole aim of spreading education in the society, that too from the lowest strata. I was running a profitable business and my love for education made me leave it to start Muni International School in 2002."
School counselors are an integral part of today's educational system. Their role serves to foster the proper emotional, social, academic, and career development of students. They help to ensure that the students of today become the well -rounded adults of tomorrow. Dr.Nagpal, as the chairperson of AISCAP serves as an excellent example of this process at work. Taking a proactive role in education of the students he dedicates himself to making a difference in the lives of the students. That dedication shines through in the following interview.
Mr Umar Jaffar has been the Director of Eastern Public School since January 2015. He has 25 years of experience in teaching. A post graduate and research scholar in Mathematics, Mr Jaffar’s love for education made him take the teaching path.
Headed by Mr. Raj Singh, Corbett Wilds organises camps for visiting the park, adventure activities and educational school camps. Every year more than 10,000 children visit Corbett National Park for activity camps from all over the country especially from Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai. It is becoming increasingly popular in the Delhi and NCR region.
Situated in Hyderabad, Sri Aurobindo International School was established to exemplify Sri Aurobindo’s vision of integral education. The school is affiliated to the ISC board, catering to students from pre-primary to class XII.
I went to Bishop Cotton Girls' School - it brings back my wonderful memories to me. I always have nostalgic thoughts when I think about Bishop Cotton Girls' School because it was a very special time of my life. I think school is always a very special time of everyone's life because that's the first time you basically get to meet other children of your age and share common interests and do common things. And that’s a very important part of my school memories, where it teaches you about new things in life. Your teacher plays such an important role in your life at that stage. At that stage all your teachers are the ones that really are the biggest influences in your life.
"There are around 1.4 million schools in India, around 25% of which are private schools. Less than 10 % of these have digital classrooms, which is a clear indicator of its great potential for growth for many years to come"
Dr. Balachandran started The Institute of Geographical Studies in Bangalore aiming to popularize Geography education in an innovative way. Geography is a part of our lives which is never focused on in text books or schools and children should understand how Geography is connected to us in different ways. Starting from moving in our homes, the children are taught to look at the connection, latitude, longitude, history, and health related issues in his workshops.
Amandeep Sadhu, Sherwood College, Nainital, a 145-year old reputable boarding school of India, has been associated with the school since March, 2004. He says, “Once a Sherwoodian forever a Sherwoodian”, best exemplifies the spirit and love of the children for their school.
About the initiatives to be taken to make English interesting, Ms. Khushnawaz Havewala says that the teachers should stop ordering the students to learn because children may question “why am I doing this.” The children should be involved in more activities than fill up worksheets, comprehensions, or reciting poems. Things should be discussed with them. They can be asked to watch a movie to know the books from where the movies have been taken or taken on field trips. She says making and realizing connections will make the subject interesting.
Mr. Mahendra Singh Chauhan has been working as Sports In-Charge at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, a residential school, since 1996 and has become the head of the sports division in 2008. He has studied in the same institution and after having taken up Physical Education in 1996, has been working with the school since then.
When asked why they opted for IB program, Mrs. Parikh says that since she herself is a student of ICSE school, she knows what happens in IB schools. In her school days, it was more of rote learning and memorizing. Not many questions were asked to the teachers. At Edubridge International School, students are given a simple topic to learn it in their own way. They must understand how it works and present it in the form of PPT or model form. By doing so, they research on their own than learning from text book for exam and it directly goes into their head.
I told the cabinet, for past thousands of years many were not allowed to learn Sanskrit. The language was confined to Brahmin or the upper class. Not fair at all! Earlier it was Sanskrit and now it is English. It should be stopped. ..Besides, the inferiority complex of not knowing English or their kids not exposed to English will disappear. This needs to be stopped. English is a language to communicate that is practiced globally hence must be learnt by every child. It gives freedom of expression.
The Kids Company activities consist of a blend of educational games, I.Q. sessions, puzzles, mazes, crosswords and teaching through play. The activities are aimed at improving the child’s skills related to logical thinking, problem solving, self-management, communication and inter personal skills. “The ‘experience and the surprise element’ which a child unwraps in every session at TKC is what makes us unique!
Isha Home School is located amidst the tranquil surroundings of the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Founded in 2005 by Sadhguru, the school strives to incorporate his educational approach into its day-to-day teaching process. It provides education for children upto grade 12.
Dr. Meenakshi Ravi is a professional musician, music therapist, counsellor and executive director of the Therapy Center. She holds a masters degree in Social Work, Carnatic Music, Doctorate on “Psychosocial profile of women with marital discord and counselling intervention” from Bangalore University and proficiency in Carnatic Classical Vocal Music. She did professional counselling for more than 3000 individuals and imparted Carnatic music training for more than 300 students in Meera Music Center.
"Raghav and I genuinely felt that there was a market to be tapped into for conducting quizzes, while crafting a niche for ourselves as well. We worked with around 130 children from two schools in Pune where we interacted with them through quiz questions and stories. Seeing the potential of the engagement with children, we felt that we had to devote our full attention to the opportunity. "
"Teachers have to motivate students in various ways. Teachers are not to meant to just teach what is there in the text book but to teach what is not there in the text books. By the way we teach, students must develop the right attitude and get motivation. It is very important for the teachers to talk about history of science. Talking about scientists and how they made major discoveries is necessary. Unfortunately students do not even see photographs of great scientists about whose work they study."
"A mindful teacher is not born but made. It is made out of deeper levels of reflection, introspection, continuous evolution and a maturity that makes each of them rise above the situation and view from a larger holistic perspective. A teacher, who is willing to learn, moves towards being a mindful teacher."
Shovana Narayan is a Kathak Maestro and an outstanding dancer. She created a new and innovative style of performing arts by enriching it with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions. She has been awarded with Padmashri in 1992 and Sangeet Natak Academy Awards in 1999.
“Related to academics our students excelled at not only national but also at international level. 1st at International level in GK Olympiad , 2 students stood 4th at International level in English Olympiad, 1 student stood 2nd in talent hunt Olympiad. Our students shine with 92 gold medals, 66 silver medals and 61 bronze medals in different Olympiads like Maths, Science, English, GK, Hindi etc.”
"...I got startled by the striking realization that students actually needed better teachers, better teaching methodologies, and effective learning aids more than the materials we had distributed. That was when I decided to create teaching aids to make teaching easier for teachers and learning aids to make learning fun for students.”
“it is a great experience in DAV and the culture is nice. Students respect a lot. Library is their favourite place.” Nobody can stop them from coming to the library. Her co-librarian says “it is a beautiful library not to be seen anywhere. I have visited many schools but I have never seen such a library. That is why I took up the job here.” Even the visitors to the library make it a point to remark that “this is the library I want to be in.”
Sri Vyshnavi Yarlagadda (born 06 December 1995 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) is the first Indian ever to win a gold medal at the World Memory Championships. She attained her career best rank no. 2 in October 2013 in Names and Faces event by the World Memory Sports Council. She is the first Indian to set a Junior World Record and also the first Indian Woman to win a Gold medal in World Junior Memory Championships.
My initial schooling was done in Sree Saraswathi Vidya Mandir followed by Bangalore High School, both situated in Jayanagar, suburbs of Bangalore South. During my school days, along with standard textbook curriculum I was also involved in various extra curricular activities like participation in intra and inter-school quiz and extempore competitions along with hiking, rock climbing and scouting. It was this extra curricular activity that helped me to look beyond standard textbooks and develop interest in science and in nature i.e., the phenomena of physical world. At home I was also exposed to Kannada literature to which I developed special interest and it still continues. I did not have any pressure to focus only on school curriculum and as long as I was engaged in productive activity my parents were okay with it.
Ms. Nivedita Ganguli has been the Principal of the school since last one year though she is associated with the school for the past 17 years. She is the proud recipient of two awards – Dr. Zakir Hussain-The Great Teacher Award and Outstanding Life Skills Award.
Sanskriti, the Gurukul, located in the outskirts of Guwahati amidst natural scenery and green hills, is the first of its kind in North East India and aims at making its students outstanding global citizens. Ms. Radha Baruah, the Principal of the school, endorses the vision of the school and says that the students cultivate their analytical skills to take up the changes and challenges of life.
Abraham Keita was born in West Point, the largest slum of the Liberian capital Monrovia, in 1998. When he was a year old, civil war broke out for the second time in a decade. Between 1989 and 2003, a quarter of a million people are estimated to have been killed during the two conflicts, with thousands displaced and child soldiers recruited at an unprecedented rate by guerilla leader Charles Taylor. Life for Keita in this environment was unimaginably hard. When he was five, his father was killed while working as a driver for a humanitarian organisation, leaving Keita and his mother to fight for survival in the slums where poverty, disease and sexual violence are still endemic. Now aged 17, Keita has just been awarded this year's International Children's Peace Prize for his work to reduce child violence and his fight to bring perpetrators to justice.
“Until primary level, schooling should be fun oriented. No obligation should be expected from students. Students below 10 years of age should not be penalized for not coming to school. Classes 6th and 7th are the transition stage. Regular attendance must be brought about above 8th. If school is enjoyable, children will automatically come to school without force.”
"He challenged and dramatically changed society’s perceptions of individuals with visual disabilities. Born in Sri Nagar, Jammu and Kashmir Jawahar Lal Kaul lost his sight due to Smallpox at the tender age of five. Undeterred, he pursued his school and university education,braving heavy odds and distinguishing himself as a student with outstanding merit.He stood first in B.A. (Hons) Sanskrit at Punjab University in 1967, receiving the Gold Medal in recognition."
How to become a school counsellor? Those who are really interested to become a counsellor, can get basic degree in psychology and proceed further to study Post graduate level School psychology courses with necessary internship.Those who are professionally qualified to provide counselling to the children can practice in the school system as well as in the community. There are opportunities in India to become school counsellors to work with the schools.
Mangala Ganesh holds a Diploma, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She has over thirteen years of rich experience in setting up and managing school and college library systems for various educational institutions in Bangalore. Mangala has been instrumental in setting up the school library from scratch
Story Arts India offers storytelling with arts (music and movement integrated) performances and training workshops. Deepa Kiran is a professional storyteller of international repute, an educationalist, writer, compeer (hosting events) and voice-over artist.
Ms Komal Singh is the founder Principal of ‘Learning Paths School’ which started its journey as ‘The Millennium School’, Mohali on March 24, 2008. Ms Singh’s teaching career happened by accident and there is no looking back since then. From just doing a job it became a passion, a sort of vocation and she decided to pursue teaching as a serious career.
Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project was set-up to research and propagate the idea and a path breaking learning methodology “Minimally Invasive Education”, created by Dr. Sugata Mitra, NIIT’s Chief Scientist Emeritus.
"In her visits to the Lucknow Railway Station, she was moved by the plight of orphans working there. She began by first befriending them, talking to them about the importance of education and then teaching them. She started teaching a batch of 20-25 children and funded their books and stationary by giving evening tuitions from home. Slowly, the public at the railway station also started helping out."
Ms Kaye Jacob is a veteran educator with 40 years of experience across international schools in the U.S.A, Japan, India and Egypt. Ms. Jacob has been associated with The Heritage School - Gurgaon since 6 years.
"I have been a part and parcel of this esteemed institution since 2008. I joined as an English teacher. Every day, ever since then has been a great learning experience. Learning can never stop. The children are extremely smart and one has to be updated with the latest trend be it in terms of education, student lingo, movies or songs."
The man who took Indian Badminton to world stage by winning All England Badminton Championship in 1980. "I did my schooling in Bangalore. That was when I started playing Badminton at Canara Union courts in Malleshwaram at the age of 7. During 60’s Badminton was not that popular in southern India. Another game called BALL BADMINTON which was an outdoor sport was very popular in the south. In the whole Bangalore there were only 5 or 6 Badminton Halls. That was how popular this sport in the 60’s and 70’s. It was only after my All England victory in 1980 that badminton became a popular sport with lot more media coverage and sponsorship. Today it is one of the most popular sports in the country after cricket."
Mrs. Shanthi Ramanujam has been the HOD of English at DPS, Vijayawada, for the past 8 years. Says, “students should be more focused and apart from the important C’s – character, commitment, and courage, the most important is communication in this present world.”
“We have the gurukula parampara. We are trying to develop once again the bond between the parents and children, and children and teachers to get a holistic and well-grounded growth.” The school sponsors girls’ education to a great extent. Vatsalyahas 25 students per class whereas the other schools have 50 children at least. “We are trying to find the difference of having a class of 50 and a class of 25” and to “see if we can do a better job with less children.”