July - August 2018 -- 150th Issue

Kalorex: Shaping Glocal Learners

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Kalorex

Kalorex believes in empowering children and helping them to succeed in all spheres of life. The group has added new dimensions to its portfolio ensuring that it covers every segment of the society, says , in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

In the rapidly evolving educational landscape, how the Kalorex group ensures quality education to children of every age group?

Dr Manjula Pooja Shroff

Dr Manjula Pooja Shroff, MD & CEO, KALOREX Group

Our vision is to provide quality education to all target groups of the society. Be it the underprivileged section or even the middle and high income group. All our schools cater to K-12 education. We even offer franchise options for our preschool segment as stand-alone schools. So, we practically cover students from the early care age to grade 12 in most of our schools. We ensure intake of teachers who are experienced and also trained in the new-age pedagogies. We have many training programmes offered in-house to keep the teaching quality high.

What are the measures adopted at the schools under Kalorex group to nurture global citizens along with nurturing dedication, devotion and compassion among them?

“Shaping Glocal Learners” (Global + Local) is our motto. By this, we intend to give global experiences even within local environments. So we have programmes through the British Council, Department of Education and Training – Queensland, Desh Apnayein initiative and teacher exchanges through USEFI, running in all our schools where students and teachers get the best exposures of international teaching practices and values.

Our inbuilt Kalorex Taxonomy defines Glocal Learners as students who are 21st century citizens, with enquiring minds and a sense of ownership to their country and care for the environment. Students partake in drives and programmes towards civic responsibilities and duties. Our lesson plans also imbibe values and sensibilities through experiential pedagogies.

How is the technology helping education sector to evolve itself leading to improved teaching practices and learning outcomes?

Technology is the driving force of the education system today. Teaching-learning practices are moving away from teacher centric to student led. The teachers are trained to use the vast online resources available to enhance the learning experience for the students and facilitate enquiry. The knowledge is no longer confined to text books, so Flipped and Blended methodology is practiced widely in our schools. The change is now visible where the old-school mindsets are changing and teachers are learning new technologies and strategies to use for their classroom practices.

How do you meet the expectations of parents and requisite government standards simultaneously for your school?

I believe the system has to work hand-in-hand with the society and the government. Parents will definitely have expectations of their child’s school and so it is important to keep them in the loop for any academic or administrative decisions. Our all schools follow the regulations and standards set by the Government but we also believe that we must set the bar high for ourselves. For this reason, we set certain quality standards for ourselves and conduct audits and trainings towards them. We try and incorporate the latest pedagogies and technologies to keep up with the fast pace of learners and expectations of the parents.

What is your vision and mission for upcoming years?

Our vision is always to be focused on providing quality education with a mission to keep our systems evolving and dynamic as per the needs and demands of the educational sector.

 

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