Education is the backbone of any nation, but how well have we been able to keep it strong in the past? Can it be made any stronger? How far have we come ahead from where we had begun? Or have we only fallen behind? This is an ever-changing world and we need to keep up with the pace. Should education be left far behind? Education is not a process which points to one end, i.e. just the students. Administration, Teachers and students, all need to get together and co-operate to achieve the ultimate objective because all three coexist. The majority of agenda driven education should realize the very contingent need of a shift to vision driven and a mission driven education, with a wellestablished objective and well-defined methodologies to achieve the said objective. A vision statement may describe an institution’s ideals, its core organizational values, its long-term objectives and what its students will learn or be capable of doing after graduating, which brings to us another very important factor which is the employability quotient. Lately, the focus from IQ is very rightly shifting to EQ. But we need to work on the employability quotient too, because a major percentage of graduates are left idle after shelling out time and money, only because they lack practical knowledge or the ability to use their knowledge in the right direction. We also need to focus more on skill-based understanding of students and come up with methods that make education both 2 | P a g e interesting and fruitful to students and all. We also bring changes to the traditional campus learning and make it more rigorous and efficient than it already is. To mention an instance for the same I would like to quote an example below: In one school they had built all the walls in class as whiteboard and the idea behind it is that if everyone can see what the others are doing then they can be corrected by their peers, and not wait till they fail the exams and then repeat and waste another year to learn where they went wrong. Not to forget that when students discuss among themselves and learn, the outcome is better and the understanding is also better. Also, education doesn’t limit to the creation of just doctors and engineers and other mainstream jobs with the graduate to vacancy ratio not in equilibrium. We need to make the students look beyond the obvious which is why we have come up with the concept of vision KITES which breaks down into Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Sports. Education has broadened its horizons and extended its reach and coverage. the education has come a long way from its traditional system of Gurukul where all the education cantered around the Guru. there is a paradigm shift in classroom learning and learning beyond the classroom. so why shouldn’t knowledge base not undergo a change is a million-dollar question before all the educationists? 3 | P a g e well, successful teachers all over the world became teachpreneur or teaching executives. they take every pain to integrate knowledge with innovation and technology. no doubt reading is one of the best ways to increase knowledge, but along with that, a child has to be taught how to be self-confident and express with confidence. For students definitely watching documentaries or educational videos, enacting roles in classrooms, interacting face-to-face with some skilful persons equips them with excellent communication skills which are perhaps a need of the hour too. Competitions like debates and declamation contest polish their communication skills. Besides this, the children should be asked to build projects in groups in which they collaborated with teachers also. They should be motivated not to complain about the problems in school, rather be made to involve themselves in a collective team and find solutions to those problems. This would make them creative and innovative. The children should further be inspired to use the information and knowledge, impart to them and apply it to find practical solutions. The students need to be challenged by their teachers. For this the teachers must embrace technology and use it with a purpose so that they become role models for the students. And they also start using technology or a person for a purpose. The entrepreneurial skills should be developed among the students at a very young early age. They should be motivated and guided to develop, patent and 4 | P a g e reach sellable products with the help of technology. students should also be trapped in such an environment that they can’t escape that without some creative thinking. Also, in scenarios wherein their IQ can be put to test, which might give you out of the box solutions. Which helps them to obtain and nurture talent and skill-set. Simultaneous involvement of children with professionals and experts from various walks of life can bring about a remarkable pool of skill set among the students, which may differ from one student to another Which in turn might affect their overall development for facing the real world. Also, insights on the requirement of the real world. The skill sets for an entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship also teaches the skills of wise investment of money and resources. The importance of teamwork, brainstorming ideas, taking calculated risks, face failures and getting up again. Similarly, Sports, is also one of the greatest concerns with respect to the current scenario of country’s development. The idea of sports although considered a hobby among the Indian parents yet needless to say a far-fetched idea even in the twenty-nineteen. However, it is undeniable to completely justify the inadequacy since India is home of more than a billion population. The school sports in India and the unnerving issue of the lack of measures in addressing the issue, as well as the suggestions for a world of possibilities is what the KITES intend to propose with the edition. Thus, Sports is among the pillars of the framework for the educational culture of the progressive youth of the nation.
- Date: September 3, 2019