We always ensure and understand the need to walk the tightrope between tradition and modernity on the one hand and innovation and change on the other, says Naina Jain, Additional Secretary, M.D International School, Bijnor, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
Established in 2014, MD International School completed 5 years of operation recently. How will you rate the journey so far and what is the roadmap for future?
Blissfully to enlighten that within five years of establishment, we have attained our full student’s capacity of around 3000. During our journey, we faced some common challenges such as: increasing enrolment of the students, recruiting and retaining skillful teachers, increasing parental involvement, best sports facilities for students.
We are providing quality education at a nominal fee structure which is easily affordable by parents. The school has received many awards and recognitions including the British Council, Education World, Education Today, Brainfeed, AKS , Asia One , Global Leader Foundations, ISA(Dubai), Digital Learning, National School Award and many more.
What special efforts are you undertaking to create an ideal blend of tradition and modernity in your school?
We always ensure and understand the need to walk the tightrope between tradition and modernity on the one hand and innovation and change on the other. We are committed to foster a caring, safe, inclusive and conducive learning environment in our school so that our goal of development of responsible individuals with wholesome values and personal excellence is achieved.
A special committee against sexual harassment has been set up in the school, what are the other measures undertaken to ensure students are safe from any such harm?
Following are the measures taken by MDIS to ensure safety and security of students:
- By creating awareness among the students about good and bad touch.
- By CCTV surveillance constantly and making teachers responsible for the safety of the children in their classes.
- By keeping all empty rooms under lock and key at all times.
- By ensuring that no girl child is ever alone with any male staff.
- By ensuring maid or a woman teacher in each school bus.
- By ensuring no single girl child gets dropped at last bus stop.
- By ensuring construction work after the school hours.
- By allowing any outsider technician with a staff member only.
- By allowing visitors with ID proofs only
- By making two times attendance mandatory by the class teachers.
How are you integrating technology and innovation in the curriculum to impart futuristic learning and match the global education standards?
We have introduced a globally advanced curriculum in our school and MD International School has got accreditation from British Council too. Our students have shared and exchanged various activities with schools in other countries through Skype and other ways. We have collaborated with many schools in foreign countries such as Russia, Bangladesh, Romania, Yemen, Pakistan, Nepal, Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt, Srilanka, Nepal, Greece etc.
What are your expansion plans? Are you looking to get into the franchise model?
We assure a rewarding future, modern Gurukul life, secularism, impartial judgment, and an ideal blend of tradition and modernity. We want to build relationships within the community so we have outside resources to supplement our internal support system.
No, we are not looking to get into the franchise model.