Friday, New Delhi; To utilize young people’s potential as agents of change requires involving and empowering them in development, policies and supporting their participation at all levels. To encourage the potential by unfurling the right education, The Policy Times in association with GD Goenka University organized a webinar on Empowering Young Minds to Create Sustainable Change on Friday, July 10, 2020 from New Delhi. The presence of Mr. Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of S.R of Vietnam to India and Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean School of Law will make the show more special and interesting.
On this exclusive education interaction, Mr. Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of S.R of Vietnam to India, says, “We are all aware of the principles of education and learning, i.e. learning to know, learning to be, and learning to live with others in harmony and in this period of lockdown can this principles be followed, because it is very difficult for kids to learn to know the skills through virtual platforms, the children at their home so will they learn to live with harmony and thirdly to learn to be we do not have any challenges at all in life.
“But now our students need to adapt new values and rules”, first is one needs to be creative, learn core values and skills, secondly needs to adapt to changing environment and the thirdly to be able to work in a team. It is very important for the principals especially for the government schools who can help by hiring new teaching staffs from the bankrupt private schools, and it has become challenging now.”
“In a crisis like this one should either win or learn from it and not lose anything from it. This is an unchartered journey and everyone is working with lot of uncertainty and unpredictability, and because of this everyone should be prepared for actual readiness and be ready for more challenges and have to take this up as the new normal and need to adapt ourselves”, he added.
Speaking of the role of institutions, he says, “Every institution now needs to play the role of three, role of teachers or rather Principals where the teacher should consider him or her as pilot or captain of a ship that is going through a storm and every teacher needs to be very brave, very strong and confident and first prepare themselves, the role of parents and now it is high time that teachers need to interact with parents, and it is important to share experience with them and work with them as colleagues and the role of children themselves where they should work creatively with children in order to give them motivation.
Speaking on importance of principal’s role in this challenging situation, Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean School of Law, says “School is a place where a child gets a shape, one can build character, and gets the attitude of the learning process and also get the scope of changing the thought process, that is the reason where the view of a Principal is very important because the decision taken and implemented on the overall students of the school it will be a great support to the whole country and the world.”
“The health of the students are very important, it is important to look after the psychology of the students who are at home attending online classes and give them confidence and it is our duty to change their thinking process, their attitude, their decision making process and thus we teachers have to be very patient and handle the students with care and very properly because this situation has come up in front of them for the first time,” he added.
Talking on pluralism, it is the core of realising sustainable development growth that has been greatly affected. Pluralism is the DNA to the United Nation secular country pluralism is embraced in order to step forward to a sustainable change.
Education is not only books but about bringing the nature and practicality into whatever they are teaching. The schools have removed computer education and have integrated computers with regular subjects and all of this is possible only because the schools are working as a team. Some Principals have discussed about soft skills and future readiness, and online classes, where they are able to teach well, all the projects are done so that everything gets integrated, but the things which are left with are soft skills and future readiness, which is very important because there is where the future lies. Our school taught our students that we need to survive and thrive and stay happy.
Schools have taken up the mode of online classes their school has taken up the idea of not only regular teaching through online, but ought to teach students mathematics, fractions, science, and even they can write an essay through doing this project.
Most of the schools said that they are now able to charter out a complete curriculum and different structure of way and working and have even tried to get a lot of certainty out of uncertainty. At this point of time development of skills in competency of values is of greater importance. And now when the change is happening faster than ever what we are looking up is at identifying the constants with which they can bring a sustainable change in society, where they can lead a happy life in future, where they can adapt, where they carry the flexibility, where they can be creative and know how to maximise opportunity for their own self and society. Giving different research based project to students and opted for the idea of giving them team projects, so that they can work in teams and learn how to cooperate and coordinate.
This a time when parents should encourage their children and help them and tell them to be interactive and productive, to be innovative and create new ideas and skills. The development of potentiality on how to help the younger pupils and the best thing out of it is to do is to intrigue the students online.
In their concluding remarks, speakers tried to define the perspective of teachers, students and parents that how they are tackling the current Covid crisis and coping up with this present unpleasant scenario and how they should face the challenge and overcome all the problems coming in their way and always find a solution of it. The schools all over have to adapt with the new normal situation and so have to redesign the situation of schools. They have to make their students adapt to this crisis situation. Education always needs to provide meaningful subject and content to the students enriched with words. The teachers are there to construct, consolidate and reconsolidate the lessons and thus students get what they desire for. Online classes have kept a balance of the teacher student relationship also; the bridge between them is also working well.
A panel of honourable Principals who joined the show including Mdm. Anupama Chopra, Principal of GD Goenka Public School East Delhi, Mdm. Sunita Gupta, Principal of Air Force Bal Bharti, New Delhi, Dr. Anshu Arora, Amity International School, Gurugram, Mdm. Taruna Kapoor Principal of Ramagya Dadri School, UP, Mdm. Nidhi Chaudhary, Principal of CRPF Public School, Rohini, Mdm. Malini Narayan, Army Public School, Shankar Vihar, Mdm. Divya Bhatia, Principal of Amity International School, Saket, Mdm. Nikita Tomar Mann, Principal of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, Mdm. Anuradha Handa, Principal of GD Goenka School, Gurgaon, Mdm. Sonika Sharma, Principal of GD Goenka, Siliguri, Mdm. Shalini Mehrotra, Principal of Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar, Captain Alokesh Sen, Principal of Birla Public School, Pilani, and Mdm. Archana Manocha, Principal of Mother’s Global School, Preet Vihar, Delhi.