“Education is the manifestation of the perfection that is already in human beings. Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain, runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have life building, man making, character making and assimilation of ideas”
- Swami Vivekananda
Today there is a major shift in education circles with the focus shifting from teaching to Learning, from the passive acquisition of facts to the active application of ideas to solve problems. I have been very fortunate in the past six months to have interacted with some of the leading educationists in the world and every where the focus is now to empower the teacher to be able to create an environment which promotes learning among children. The emphasis of learning is now moving ahead of just assimilation of knowledge, towards the ability to analyze and apply the knowledge.
The CBSE is also at the forefront of bringing about this change. The CCE is a very important step taken to ensure that learning does not happen in parts but becomes a continuous and comprehensive process. The Problem Solving Assessment started by the CBSE is also another step in making the students and schools aware that just learning is not enough, it has to be learning with the ability to apply that learning to the various problems which the world will throw out to our children as they grow. Hence School education has to become more than just learning, it has to be about preparing children to successfully take on the many challenges which they will face as they go on to become leaders in their sphere of work.
At Colonel’s Academy, we have realized this early and our focus on developing the Life Skills among the students is a step in making them complete individuals as they grow. The ability to engage in critical thinking and to demonstrate complete mastery of the Life Skills is necessary for a successful future. The development of attitudes like hard work, desire to learn, commitment, pursuit of excellence, disciplines etc are of equal importance. Life Skills of getting along with people, communicating effectively, empathy, decision making, problem solving etc will take them to the pinnacle of their chosen field.
I am happy to see the current edition of the Vision and it always inspire me to see the creativity of children at work. I congratulate the school staff at the wonderful work they are doing and look forward to the School achieving greater success with our students becoming global leaders.