Essentials for Building Visionary Schools in a Globalised World

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“To build the school is to build the civilisation”, says Robert Stevenson. The term ‘visionary’ implies to those schools where learning programmes and communities share basic qualities. The session was enriched with speakers from across India and the world. The panel shared their opinion on the roadmap to building visionary classrooms to adapt to the globalised world
Dr Pascal Chazot,
Head of School, Mahatma Gandhi International School

Good methodology and pedagogy can resolve challenges in the classroom.

Sukumar Venkatachalam,
President, Pearson Schools

The holistic development of a child does not focus only on academic brilliance. Academic  knowledge is definitely required but it is not the only aim to getting education. This is a starting point and is the fulcrum. It needs to be supported by the overall activities of children. Exhibiting your talent in cocurricular activities needs to get into the classroom today, and teachers are the pillars for this implementation. The focus on building good teachers needs to be given more emphasis.

Shashwati Banerjee,
Managing Director, Sesame Workshop

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Schooling needs to begin at a much earlier age and needs to be regulated with standardised guidelines. We also need to have high quality trained teachers in the country to impart meaningful education, apart from engaging content, holistic curriculum, and teaching methodology in the classrooms.

Shivoo Kooteshwar,
Director, Amaatya Academy

We should spend less time in filling minds of hungry students with content by lecturing them. Rather, we should ignite their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills by talking. This is done by interacting with students and doing active learning in classrooms.

Sundaram Ramaswamy,
CEO, Xcallibre

To build visionary classrooms, we need to have limited teaching staff and focus on making their time more useful and effective.

Sanjay Singh,
Principal Secretary, Department of School Education, Madhya Pradesh

Quality has to be the target in education, but the major limitation is that we have teachers who do not have teaching as their first choice.

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