The conference served as a platform for various faculty within the educational sector to get together under one roof and discuss the changing trends in education and the undeniable importance of mental health awareness within our schools. Approximately 30 educators from various renowned schools in and around Jaipur were part of the event.
To begin the proceedings of the day, we had with us Ms Jugnu Roy, the Country Manager – India, for Education New Zealand who touched upon the various aspects of primary and secondary education that need to be re-assessed within the Indian education framework.
The panel discussion, which was conducted next, didn’t disappoint either. It was an interactive session that was expertly moderated by Ms Bharati Thakore, Founder and CEO of New Millenium Education Partners. The topic presented to the panel was Future Ready Schools: Revolutionizing Teaching & Learning from the Ground Up. The panel consisted of well-known and highly revered leaders such as, Ms Indu Dubey – Principal, Neerja Modi School, Jaipur; Ms Meeta Sharma – Principal, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya, Ms Sangeeta Kain – Principal, Delhi Public School, Jaipur and Lt. Gen. Surendra Kulkarni – Director, Mayo College, Ajmer. General Kulkarni aptly pointed out that educators need to take the theoretical material and turn it into practical which should lead to application that is essentially socially and economically relevant.
As the discussion moved forward, Ms Saneegta suggested that we need to train our children to manage their emotions so that they become emotionally equipped as adults. Ms Meeta further added to this by stating that we need to create an environment where students can express themselves without feeling judged. As the conversation steered towards the role of technology in the classroom, Ms Indu commented that educators need to adapt technology and allow their students to harness its various mediums so that they can develop well – honed technological skills.
In the second half of the conclave, Ms Surabhi Goel, CEO, Aditya Birla Education Academy introduced the academy to the guests and threw light on the work it aims to do. She also shared with the audience few video messages from the faculty of the associated Universities along with student testimonials.
The day concluded with an interactive and collaborative session about mental health and its growing importance in the classrooms and it was conducted by Ms Gauravi Lobo, Lead Outreach – Content & Collaborations, Mpower. The guests were enthused and were very forthcoming in sharing and discussing their concerns and solutions for the changing mental health needs of students.