REPORT ON THE WEBINAR SESSION ON THE THEME
‘NEW NORMAL IN EDUCATION’
“Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.”
In line with the continuous webinar sessions conducted by the Action Committee, Unaided Recognised Privated Schools (Redg.) in its endeavours to empower school leadership, a session was organised on 30 May 2020 at 5 pm on the topic ‘New Normal In Education’. Ms. Swarnima Luthra welcomed one of the most eminent and distinguished personalities, conferred with Padma Shri, Professor Dinesh Singh, Former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University to elate the audience with his profound understanding on the approach towards the new normal in education. The very expression of his worry and fear for the the word ‘normal’ caught the attention of the audience. It was an eyer open on the realization that ‘normalcy’ is just a reflection of being still, stagnant and monotonous. He spurred the audience by saying that this is the time to rethink, renew, recharge and elevate ourselves by not accepting what is ‘normal’ but rather attempt to do something extraordinary.
Our respected Principal Dr Neeru Suman attended this inspirational session where Professor Dinesh Singh spell bound the participants as he spoke about the incredible accomplishments and success stories of our great legendaries of yesteryears, who left their impact on the sands of time for the future generations to draw inspiration and wisdom from their heroic stories. Revisiting the exemplary lives and ideologies of great legends like Gautam Budha, Adi Sankaracharya, Mahatma Gandhi, Kabir, Tulasi Das, Srinivas Ramanujan, motivated the participants the need to think out of the box. The respected Speaker stressed that great renowned personalities did not accept the ‘normal’, on the contrary, they came out of their comfort zones, challenged everything around them and created something new, something better. Connecting to the present situation, the Speaker insisted that we should not let ‘one single normal’ prevail for a long time. We need to be alert, ready to move on, critically analyse every thing and think of renewing it for the better. Forever experimenting and facing challenges is the key to churn the new normal and take the country forward as educators and teachers.
The session created a very positive ambience while Professor Dinesh Singh iterated that crisis brings inspirations and help us come out stronger and wiser. As teachers, we must introspect ourselves whether we are serving the purpose of true education. He reminded the beliefs of Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi on education and urged the gathering to help the students be good humans and good learners. Arouse in them the desire to learn. Education is not just transmission of knowledge but creating an enlightened lobby for the students to explore, experience their journey of life-long learning. It is in the hands of the teachers, as mentors, as guides and as facilitators to instill in the child the desire to learn and keep learning all his life. Mentioning about Isaac Newton, his humble acceptance of learning and Socrates’ philosophical thoughts “One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing”, capivated the thoughts of the audience and elated the important of ‘Education and Learning’ in the true sense.
He metaphorically explained that Education is a personal and inward journey, searching for his/her soul and one has to find the drumbeat of the soul and march in rhythm in the real world. We, as mentors should expose the child with the many drumbeats and the child will resonate with his drumbeat and set his path of learning. We need to give the students all kind of stimulations and help them enter the world of knowledge as they experiment, explore and learn.
During the Question Answer session, the Panelist was flooded with questions on suggestions, plans and strategies to impart meaningful education, for which the distinguished Speaker promptly replied with the most practical and apt answers.
Our respected Principal Dr Neeru Suman, is thankful for such an inspiring and revolutionary thoughts shared by Professor Dinesh Singh and she is appreciative of the remarkable efforts taken by the Action Committee, Unaided Recognised Private Schools (Regd.) for organising such knowledgeable and enriching sessions.
Her heartfelt thanks goes to the Management of the School for faciliating such informative and thought provoking sessions. She further expressed her gratitude to the Management fot their support and encouragement in all endeavours and for constantly motivating the Principal, Teachers and Students attain great heights of success.
GLIMPSES OF THE WEBINAR SESSION
PROFESSOR DINESH SINGH, FORMER VICE CHANCELLOR, DELHI UNIVERSITY