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Imagining A Progressive Evolution towards Better Education

Dr Manimekalai Mohan, Founder, Managing Trustee & Correspondent, SSVM Institutions

A universal standard in education is escalating with the changing times towards a new global system. The National Education Policy 2020 is set to lay the foundation of a new-fangled Indian Education system for the 21st-century learners. The effort is to accentuate prominence on inquiry and discovery-based education to help children learn effectively. To steer through the future challenges and prospects, we need flexible, creative and independent thinkers who acclimatise to a swelling pace of change. Implementing NEP-2020 would be game-changing in Indian schools towards achieving global standards.

Our learners need the best child-centric learning practice and constructive pedagogy as the norm in all subjects to support their physical, emotional and social well-being. As educators, we must recognise the importance of equipping the country’s future generation with core critical and analytical skills. India’s education system will evolve when learning becomes project-based, and teachers turn out to be facilitators. Schools must deliver well-designed activities with an emphasis on group-work and allow learners to reflect on their own thinking processes and comprehend fundamental concepts intuitively.

The goal of future education is to focus on ensuring that learners would be problem solvers, decision-makers, and enablers. SSVM shares such a vision to ‘Cultivate our learners as Innovators.’ If we are to truly get quality education, we need to adopt the experiential teaching-learning approach as a core part of the curriculum.

Our learners should be educated that there is no field of pursuit as individualistic or unidimensional. Thus, a sense of team spirit must be inculcated right from the formative years of learning. It leads to holistic educational practices that create an environment that facilitates life-long learning and engages the student’s natural curiosity. Therefore, 21st-century school education needs to be capable of teaching students how to deal with unpredictability and change.

 

“Education precisely is not just teaching the prescribed syllabus but opening the mind to diverse possibilities, imbibing life skills and preparation for being tactical, in every walk of life.” 

— Dr Manimekalai Mohan, Founder, Managing Trustee & Correspondent, SSVM Institutions

 

Reading and Communication skills are a significant key to achieve excellence in education at all stages, especially in higher education and the workplace. Conceptual and Research-based Experiential program at schools will pave the way for creativity, critical thinking, research, analysis, collaboration and communicate their research findings on a topic ranging from science and commerce to law and humanities.

E-learning is the latest buzzword. The amalgamation of Augmented Reality, digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotics, and so forth has transformed the teaching-learning pattern. The deep-learning ability is vital to preparing thinkers of tomorrow. It leads to incredible imagination and creates a pathway to deliver innovation. Such learners figure innovative solutions for a practical problem and disseminate it at an international level, thus creating new openings for themselves and for the nation.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has demonstrated the significance of strengthening resilience to face any threat, right from any viral infection to life-threatening climatic insecurity and even advanced technological transformation. Technology has led to numerous constructive changes in the learning curve of students and teachers. This pandemic has come in disguise to continually remind our learners how skills such as creative problem solving, informed decision making, and perhaps above all, adaptability becomes essential in the most unpredictable world.

Today we see the young adults moving out into the world, completely unaware of even the most fundamental skills. This is the right time for our learners to equip themselves with the core life skills, begin with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, pet care and self. With teens, parents can educate financial literacy by including them in their saving plans, cheque book balancing, budgeting and online bill-paying, and so on.

Moving forward, towards the new-normal post-pandemic milieu and implementation of NEP 2020, a fresh approach and a substantial shift in the mindset is the need of the hour. The nation needs teachers and learners who can take initiatives, demonstrate leadership in every aspect of their lives and possess the entrepreneurial spirit to overcome challenges by seeking out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies for improvement.

SSVM embeds innovation culture among students by providing knowledge, values, skill set, expertise and support systems that students need to attain to become successful leaders and global citizens of tomorrow.

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