July 17, New Delhi: Covid- 19 has caused disruptions in all the sectors and among them, education sector is massively impacted and it has also affected the stakeholders of education. In India more than 300 million kids and more than 1.3 million schools are affected by this. So, we have thought of an initiative to reach every stakeholder of education to understand the impact of Covid crisis and to find necessary remedies for that, as online education is a reality now and it is going to stay from now onwards forever, and to discuss how are government schools equipped to provide online education and how the budget private schools are equipped to provide online education.
To create a better and engaging and sustainable online education for students, The Policy Times in association with G D Goenka University organized a webinar on Reimagining Sustainable Student Engagement & Online Learning on Friday, July 17, 2020 from New Delhi. The presence of H.E. (Mr.) Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India and Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean School of Law made the show more special and interesting.
H.E. (Mr.) Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India, begins by saying, “Philosophy says whenever there is a crisis there is an opportunity. Home Schooling in India, can bring a platform for you to impart knowledge and teach all the students the different subjects at a time, converting a corner of the house into a classroom, and it will be a great opportunity to cope up with the current education structure.”
He also said, “As English is spoken the highest in India and so, it can prove to be the best in teaching and educating kids all over the world. Teachers are mothers at first and so every kid gets a second mother in the form of teachers. We have been doing everything and implementing everything through Artificial Intelligence or with the help of machines but never one machine or Artificial Intelligence can replace teachers. It is a tough time for all the countries but we need to find a way for the new generation, because a new generation is coming also and every one of us want to follow your experience, your path, your way, your way of teaching your example, and your technology to adapt another reality.”
Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean School of Law, begins by saying, “Online learning is there and it will be there forever in the next future generation. We have to have more investment in the education sector and it is very clear, keeping in mind the future challenges and we will also need support from the government. Schools should provide e- books and try to provide very updated and latest material, we have to focus on job openings because day by day market is changing and students have to very skilful. As there is a paradigm shift from offline to online so everyone has to learn the online mode of learning because it is very much efficient it saves both time and money but along with this we will need a blended education system and we have to be very clear about the online and offline education, some skills and one to one interaction needs offline mode.”
The other eminent Principals shared how their schools are coping up with the sudden change in the education system. The schools are focused more on the effectiveness of online watching now rather than any other social activities. According to them, it creates a more comfort level of teaching and children get more interest and gives attention. Their schools also celebrate different programmes like yoga, hence students with this online classes got more active in such way of learnings and participations. Classes online from home were initially a great thing as it eases the trouble of time and travel. It has become now a new tone of communication as the children participates in an individual class going on between a particular student and teacher. Also students got more advanced with these new technical skills. Both the teachers and students now got creative with this new education system.
On the other hand, it was a whole very challenging time for institution members as they faced many internet issues and misconception of messages. Here the contribution of parents has become wider. Teachers have given a lot of effort. They are preparing presentations, they are conducting various coaching classes in zoom and then in Microsoft meet, all the classes are turning into very productive for the children and giving an environment to learn, there is one-to-one teaching between the children and the teacher. Teachers are discovering innovative techniques to make the classes more attractive and fun learning; the school is conducting various classes to develop the co-curricular activities of the student such as music, drawings etc.
Online learning is very much beneficial for the children, each of the individual schools is doing wonderful and teaching the students new things every day, each of the students have a special capability as well as a disability, online learning is helping the students to increase their ability with whatever skills they are carrying, the students are getting to learn new things as well as new challenges every day, however due to online teaching the world is becoming smaller and smaller and it will turn into a small room in any time, in online teaching each of the students is getting to be approached by the teacher separately and is getting separate attention without the fear of being judged. However, the rural schools and the students are not getting the benefit of online learning due to lack of network as well as lack of systems.
Speaking on critical thinking is itself critical for the human beings, 15 years back library was the only source of knowledge and books was seen as the treasure hunt of knowledge. Nowadays information is available at just a click, internet is now a library itself for all the information is available with a single click. You should have the ability to distinguish between false and true information, social media is no doubt a great source for information but again it can also give news which may not have reliable sources, teachers are also falling into this trap and sharing some information which is not reliable.
The most important factor in online class is the emotional connection, and teachers have to be powerful and concentrate well to know what online learning is. It has given a new wave to all of us. Yet it gave a more clear and visual version in the minds of student. It has become easier for them to learn. Yet this online class was majorly faced by students for the internet issues. It takes now less learning time.
A Panel of honourable Principals who joined the webinar including Mdm. Suruchi Gandhi, Principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Delhi, Dr. Anju Tandon, Principal of Bharti Mehta Vidyalaya, New Delhi, Dr. Arun Jee, Delhi Public School, Bathinda, Punjab, Mdm. Amita Gupta, Officiating Principal of The Air Force School, New Delhi, Mdm. Priyanka Mehta, Director- Principal of Sarvotaam International Noida, Dr. Michael Williams, Principal of Mount Caramel School, New Delhi, Mdm. Seema Sahay, Principal of GD Goenka Public School, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi, Mdm. Ameeta Mohan, Principal of Amity International School, Pusp Vihar, New Delhi, Mdm. Neera Sharma, DAV Public School, Punjab, Mdm. Rima C. Ailawadi, Principal of GD Goenka Public School, Model Town, Delhi, Ms. Saher M A Sayed Principal of Humdard Public School Talimabad, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi, Dr. Anupama Mishra, Principal of Sunbeam School, Mdm. Poonam Rampal, Principal of Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Subroto Park, Delhi, Devlal Yadav, Principal of Kaliram Chandrakar Public School, Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh.