Ms Madhulika Sen
Principal, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi
“Our curriculum and learning methodology are based on a collaborative, experimental and analytical approach which fosters the creative thinking process in a child”
How does Tagore International School ensure quality education to its students?
We believe in providing a holistic and progressive education which empowers every child with the skills required for the 21st century in a global context.
Please tell us about the curriculum and learning methodology followed in the school.
Our curriculum and learning methodology are based on a collaborative and analytical approach which fosters the creative thinking process in a child. For this activity based lessons and educational outings based on syllabus are planned. Our children use powerpoint presentations to reinforce their assignments, while teachers use audio visual aids such as OHP, TV, video, charts, models and slides to make teaching more effective. To sum it up, we have facilitated the shifting of the methodology from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’.
We are also part of the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) programme that facilitates strategic partnerships and design and development of joint curriculum projects between schools in India and the UK. As part of the DUKE University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) under UKIERI, two students from our school were selected to attend a three week summer training programme this year at IIM Ahemdabad. Apart from this, online exchange programmes are also conducted with schools in Bulgaria, Romania, Japan regarding curriculum, culture studies, etc.
What is the major challenge in integrating ICT in education?
Most of the schools are engaging in a big way to provide technology enabled teaching and learning in their facility. But a major challenge is the inability of our parents to provide a computer and/or Internet facility to their child at home.
What are the initiatives taken up by your school for integrating ICT in school education?
We have three computer labs with 20 computers each exclusively for the students. There are two K-12 labs exclusively for the teachers. Our Social Science, EVS and Math labs are equipped with interactive boards. Classes 6-8 also use an online Math programme from Educosoft, which is integrated with their curriculum. Classes 1-8 use the EZ Vidya Programme which amalgamates learning of soft skills with the curriculum.
These initiatives are all integrated into the class timetable, thus ensuring that every student is familiarised with the use of technology in learning. The Language lab has a complete Audio-Video system that facilitates exposure to speech, drama and other nuances of language. Every class also visits one of the two Audio