The Function of Education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
This meet was started with A Quest for Quality Education.
A Symposium on Draft National Education Policy 2019 was organised by Little Flower Group of Schools, Kunrathur, Chennai in association with Tamil Nadu Private Schools Association (TNPSA), Kancheepuram District Self Financing Schools Association (KDSFSA), National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), School Voice and Media Partner Dhinamalar Pattam. It was organised at MALALA ARENA, Little Flower School Campus, Kunrathur, Chennai on Friday, 21 June 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. This event was hosted by Mr Antony, HR cum Activity Coordinator of Little Flower Group of Schools along with Mrs Janani Raja, Teacher of Jubilee International Academy, Chennai.
Mr Selvaraj, Secretary, TNPSA, Chennai welcomed the guest and the gathering. The esteemed panel members and speakers were honoured by Mr.MJF KennedyPresident of TNPSA and M.J.F.Lion S. John Xavier Thangaraj (Chairman, Little Flower Group of Institution) The eminent speakers were Dr. Rama Subramaniyan (Correspondent, Nadesan Vidyasala), Mr. Madhusudhanan (Vice-President of NISA, Telangana), Mr. D. Shashi Kumar (President, KAMS, Bengaluru), Mr. M. J. Martin Kennedy (President of TNPSA), Dr. Emilda Josephine (Loyola College, Chennai), Mr. Neelan Arasu (Correspondent, Neelan Matric. Hr School, Guduvanchery Chennai), Mr. Muthu Williams (TN Parents and Students Association, Chennai) M.J.F. Lion S. John Xavier Thangaraj (Chairman, Little Flower Group of Institution).
The introductory note was given by M.Alfred Williamin which he expressed that Pulsating high quality and equitable public education must be the foundation of Indian society. Yes, Indian Education finally has a real road map for improving the fundamentals of this vital sector – Education. And we believe so…! Draft National Education Policy 2019 is indeed an eagerly anticipated and a much awaited one!
The policy clearly says that it aims to achieve a fully literate Indian Society where all adults are literates by 2030 or so. It also aims to bring out a paradigm shift and radical changes in the field of education by empowering children, teachers and educational institutions. It seeks to increase the focus on early childhood care, reform the current exam system, strengthen teacher training, and restructure the education regulatory framework. It strongly recommends for holistic, discussion-based, and analysis-based learning with the help of whole child education.
The world is changing faster than ever before. We must prepare our students for jobs that do not even exist. We must enable them to acquire learning for life and global leadership. We are called to reimagine education and therefore, both education and teaching-learning process requires ‘a paradigm shift that goes beyond teaching students how to reproduce information and answers. Instead, teach them how to ask the right questions, evaluate information critically, and communicate effectively’.
In this era of information explosion, ‘change has become a way of life to a better life’. Having understood this, Abraham Lincoln looked change directly in the eye and said: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the stormy present and future. As our circumstances are new, we must think anew and act anew.” And so must we. We need to look at this old and narrow understanding of education in a new and creative way, not simply for today but to make our tomorrows more rewarding, more fulfilling, more convincing and more exciting because of the change and innovation we make today. With your help, we can think anew and act anew on the task before us here and now. Let us begin now.