By Arpit Panjwani, Director, Maa Anandmayee Memorial School, Haridwar
Education has moved out of the boundaries of bricks and mortar and has encompassed the entire world in its wake. It has been a key factor in the development and progress of human civilization.
Maa Anandmayee Memorial School (MAMS) was established in 1985 and ever since it has relentlessly strived to provide a student-centred learning approach. It provides an enigmatic blend of co-curricular and academics. Our students reflect the approach and demeanour of promising millennials.
Creativity and intelligence are fostered and reared with great respect by the faculty members. The persona of every child is chiselled with individual attention and empathy. The talents and feats of students are suitably acknowledged with awards and certificates to motivate them and encourage other students at the same time.
With the turn of the decade, MAMS adopted the International approach to its curriculum. The school spreads awareness about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through various programmes, particularly the International Dimension in Schools (IDS), under the aegis of the British Council. The staff and students are conscious about each step that they take to help achieve these global goals.
There are programmes running for an eco-friendly approach to nurturing an empathetic spirit towards nature. Well-blended initiatives are introduced to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and design thinking skills among the students. They nurture their dreams and they are fostered to achieve them through time management and goal-setting skills.
With the support of the Atal Innovation Lab, concepts like robotics, coding, and artificial intelligence as well as other contemporary devices like drones or microprocessors have become a play for the students. Their curious spirit is nurtured carefully here and they are encouraged to fail and learn from their mistakes. They thrive in an environment that supports free enquiry, exploration and experimentation.
– Online Video Communication Tools like Google Meet, Zoom etc to interact with the stakeholders: Communication between different stakeholders is key for the innovation process. Different stakeholders include the students from our school, subject experts of various domains, Gram Pradhan of the region, community students, students from other schools, Mentors of Change appointed by NITI Aayog and others. – We have been using platforms like Google Classroom, WhatsApp and Google Forms to share instructions, information and assessing the learning. With communication, it is important to share resources to enable resource sharing in a concrete way. We have explored and used the platforms such as Google Classroom, WhatsApp and Google Forms to accomplish this. – WhatsApp is used to share communication regarding the different sessions in a timely manner and to address any concerns/queries from the community. Google Classroom is used to share resources/assignments for students to take up regularly. – Google Forms are used to track attendance/feedback from the participants. Also, it is used to give assessments to the students for the different expert sessions that they are part of in order to track their learning. Also, we have come up with a Google Form to source the different project entries from students in a standardised manner (submitted with videos and a project write up). – Tools like Google Sites, Facebook and YouTube to effectively communicate with a larger audience regarding our projects.
We always strive to protect the legacy of MAMS to serve the underserved and marginalised to help bring about educational equity and create social impact through our community development initiatives. We take pride in our efforts to churn out brilliant, vibrant and intellectual alumni who realise their civic duties and global responsibilities.
I am confident that MAMSians will emerge as world leaders who go on to challenge the status quo bringing about the necessary changes that are required across the globe.