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How to banish exam stress? No gyan; all practical tips!

Stress is not what you get; it is what you take. And exams have been conducted since times immemorial; there is nothing new in it – it is just that stress has been the recent addition in the curriculum. The one who added it is you – and only you can banish it!

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The famous American football coach Paul Eugene Brown has said: "The key to winning is poise under stress". You might say here is another baba distributing his gyan on stress. But, read on!

Bet that simply the idea of banishing exam stress will leave you thrilled to resume your studies with enthusiasm.

“Exam stress is worrying about failure in the exam. Do not take the stress, it’s harmful for health, for your concentration and makes things worse than better. Take a deep breath, do these exercises, make such a timetable, eat a healthy diet and so on.”

Aren’t all sites, books and newspapers sounding the same a month before your exams? It seems you are their only target to share their wisdom. And you get so overloaded with wisdom that even wisdom begins to stress you.

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“We’ve had it enough. As it is we are stressed, and these gyan lecturers are busy distributing their wisdom to us. Why don’t they leave us alone and let us be ourselves? Or even if they want to help us genuinely, give us something we can rely upon. Not these outdated and boring breathing exercises.”

Your reaction is the same, right? Obviously, one would react in such a manner when he is stressed and on the top of it the lectures from family, relatives, and these gyan gurus.

But, nothing of that sort will be dwelt with here. You only have to read on to know.

Study for yourself and to learn

Before discussing the ways to eliminate stress, do you know the full form of EXAMS?

“Examination” would be your answer; however, it is actually “Excitement and Masti with Studies”. Hope half of your stress would be relieved on knowing the exact meaning of exams?

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You would be wondering, how exams could mean excitement and masti? Why not? After all, it’s we who have made the examination time a tough and testing one, a time to take stress. Though your parents and teachers have a lot of expectations from you to score well in exams but remember you are not appearing  the exam for them, it is for yourself.

If you score well in exams, you will be appreciated by your teachers, parents, and friends. But, if not, they will be the one to scold you and feel annoyed. This means you are appearing in exams to get affection and appreciation from them; your self-esteem and confidence are based on their judgement.

Examination is Excitement and Masti with Studies. When you understand this, half of of your stress would be relieved.

If they approve of you, you feel confident otherwise not. Though it’s normal to have expectations, but, ultimately you study for yourself and not for other’s sake. Your focus for study should be an enhancement in your learning and not just score grades to achieve others’ appreciation.

Remember the character Tyrion Lannister in the series Game of Thrones. Though he is small in size but makes up for his weakness by his high-level intellect. All the more, despite his size, he has a girlfriend.

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What does the character display? What message does he want to convey? “Just stop trying to impress people around or care about what they say. Even if you do something cool, they may find reasons to disapprove you.” Similarly, you must not focus on unusual expectations laid by your teachers and parents.

Agreed, today’s schools and parents lay emphasis only on the grades obtained by the student and you can’t change the system. But, at least you can change your perspective towards your studies and exams. Most of the students get stressed at the exam time due to the pressure of expectations by their parents and teachers.

No TV, no phones, no hanging out with friends, no chatting on social media, in short nothing else than books must be your companion during exam time, are the instructions given by most parents.

Revealing his agony about parental pressure, Mayank Srivastava, a 13-year-old boy says that his family dreams about his admission in one of the top colleges of IIT. However, Tushar is least interested in IIT and wishes to gain admission in one of the fine arts college. And by the way isn’t 13 too early an age to think about IIT? At 13 or even 14, 15, 16 one should just be doing two things – playing and  Studying. You have only been studying, hence the exam stress.

Such parental pressures are common in every household. Let their expectations be and don’t get overwhelmed by them. Don’t retaliate and oppose your parents openly, but try to talk freely about your desires, capacity to learn and how you wish to proceed with your preparations.

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You must study for yourself, keeping your learning process at the centre stage and you will automatically score well in exams. Having an open conversation with your parents and handling their expectations with a calm mind will help them understand your stress and make them supportive in your exam preparations. By remaining silent or accusing them, you would make the matters worse.

At 13 or even 14, 15, 16 one should just be doing two things – playing and studying. You have only been studying, hence the exam stress.

Was that too philosophical? Yeah! It seems to be so, but you need to set a clear goal for your studies; whether it’s just passing an exam or learning something new. Once you proceed with a clear aim, you can make your study time fun and interesting by exploring various ways to learning a concept; rather than just memorising and forgetting it later.

Because once you learn and understand a concept, it will be imbibed in your memory for life and you wouldn’t require an extra effort to remember it. Contrastingly, just cramming and memorising the lessons would give no result. They would be forgotten due to stress and you won’t be able to reproduce them in the examination; further adding to your stress.

Moreover, the approach of the students towards the exam is very cynical. They feel that the schools conduct exams to test their knowledge, but actually, it’s not a test, it’s an opportunity to know your strengths and weaknesses. Exams are a medium where you know your field of excellence and shortcomings related to your studies.

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Engage in creative ways to make study time fun and combat boredom

Many students equate effectiveness of their study with the number of hours spent with books. However, it’s not the quantity but quality of time spent reading the book or taking notes that matters. It’s not worthwhile to spend hours with your book and not learning even worth a single penny.

Moreover, learning doesn’t only happen by reading books. Engaging in interactive activities and fun games also makes you learn and retain it for longer. This is how exams become exciting and enjoyable. You learn better by doing it yourself; rather than just reading from the book.

Let’s say you are reading about the Archimedes principle that states “The buoyant force or upthrust exerted on an object partially or completely immersed in water is equal to the weight of the water displaced by the object.”

You would be reading several examples explaining the principle like why does an air balloon float whereas the iron needle sinks in water. And you cram the concept and write exactly the same in your answer paper. But, did you ever try to learn and understand the principle? Ever tried using the principle in your daily life?

Did you know bathing in your bathtub is also dependent on the same principle? That’s why a level is engraved on the bath tub to warn people to avoid filling it beyond that level.

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 Yes, you might be a champ in memorising things and remembering them, but did you learn anything by simply reproducing it in the exam? This was just one concept, but you have to memorise a number of lessons for the exam and the process gets boring after sometime. You tend to lose your motivation as well.

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” Motivation needs to be constant in order to stay upbeat through your exams. Surround yourself with positive and hard-working people that keep you motivated to follow the right approach towards your exams.

Incorporate some fun experiments to learn your lessons, you will learn better and remain motivated to study and explore further. Use your imagination and creativity to think beyond the lines written in the chapter.

For example, while solving a Maths equation, just imagine a situation where you can fit those numbers and arrive at the answer. This helps to escape boredom and makes studying easier and fun.

Sharing his experience, Sena Alkadir from Garfield High School used a simulation of a presidential election to learn and understand the different aspects of elections in an interactive manner. “Although I knew everything about elections, but simulating an actual election helped me to understand better how they work and how do different groups have an influence over an election”, says Alkadir.

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Incorporate some fun experiments to learn your lessons, you will learn better and remain motivated to study and explore further. Use your imagination and creativity to think beyond the lines written in the chapter.

Having fun while studying is the reason for the rising trend of studying in groups, where students study, gossip, and enjoy together. After reading a particular topic, you can organise a quiz amongst yourselves to have fun and know how much you have learned and understood the chapter.

Do not keep your exam preparations for the last minute

Preparation for your exams, better to call it learning process needs to be consistent; just like an athlete needs to practice round the year and not only when the competition is near. If you focus on your learning process during regular school hours and while doing your homework the whole year, you need not panic at the time of exams. Examination time can then be utilised for revision of topics or practising your weaker subjects.

Many students argue that regular school hours are so hectic, plus, teachers resort to assigning loads of homework that they are not able to find time for any extra-curricular activities or outdoor games to relax their mind. This further leads to their loss of interest in studying and learning. They just feel like getting through the boring lectures delivered in class and finishing their homework whatsoever.

Sarah, a student in New Jersey remembers one of her experiences in school. Every day her class schedule was the same: read the chapter, complete the worksheets and copy down immense PowerPoints for the rest of the class. The only learning in class was to learn to write fast and continue writing even with hand cramps. “I never really learned anything in that class; I just memorised the information, took a test on it and then forgot everything. Imagine that cycle for an entire year. It was tremendously boring.”

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True, the methods of teaching in many schools require students to be seated at their desks for long hours and listen to the lecture delivered. Such one-way teaching fails to maintain the student’s interest in the subject, more so in learning.

If the schools cater to the learning demands of the student and revise their teaching methods to make them interactive, it would benefit the students in the long run. However, you can suggest some ideas for interactive learning in your school because the trend is changing now and schools are open to new ideas and methods of teaching.

Setting an example of a practical approach to learning and its benefits to their students, the Head teacher at Manor Public School, Kate McGee explains how her school utilises practical activities like gardening, cooking, and filmmaking to teach English, Maths, Philosophy and other subjects.

In her opinion, children respond and learn better when engaged in practical activities, rather than reading from textbooks. They grow in confidence if you give them a task to do, which they are able to achieve. And this can be incorporated into teaching the curriculum in an effective, engaging and enjoyable way.

In case you resort to last minute preparations, which though are not advisable, set your priorities for studying a particular topic according to its relevance.

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Plus, such learning won’t require continuous revision now and then and students will be better prepared for their exams. It opens their mind to a vast variety of experiences in the subject and raises their chances of success.

However, in case you resort to last minute preparations, which though are not advisable, set your priorities for studying a particular topic according to its relevance. Do not aim at completing the entire syllabus at the last moment; this will create an undue pressure and enhance your anxiety.

Just aim to cover the relevant topics and give your best shot. Amit, a class XII student of Green Fields School, New Delhi shares his story on this. He was a bright student and became a little overconfident of himself. He resorted to last minute studies for his exam thinking he already knows the concept and could make it with little revision at the final hour.

But, to his surprise when he sat down for studies, he realised that he had missed out on many topics and would not be able to cover the entire syllabus for the exam; leading to stress and anxiety. He then recalled the words of his Maths teacher, “If you can’t complete 100% of your syllabus, do it as much as you can, but give your 100% to that little chunk of the syllabus.”

What he meant to deliver through these words was that you must be consistent with your studies and learning throughout the year. Yet, if you feel you can complete only 60% of the syllabus at the exam time, do that 60% sincerely. Aiming for 100% at a short notice only makes you anxious and even that 60% will be lost, leaving you blank and completely helpless.

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Be confident of yourself

“A great figure or physique is nice, but it is self-confidence that makes someone really beautiful.”

However, the undue pressure from the teachers and parents and vastness of the curriculum may leave some students with a lack of confidence in themselves. This not only occurs minutes before entering an examination hall but also haunts during exam preparations.

Students carrying books to the examination hall, flipping through pages at the last minute, and biting their nails is a common sight during these months. No, there is no harm to carry a textbook along to the examination hall, but experts recommend relaxing and thinking about happy stuff few minutes before the exam to combat anxiety.

Like you can think about some funny joke cracked by your friend or a comedy scene watched on TV before your exam. The idea is to relax and keep your mind deviated from the obvious anxiety before entering the examination hall.

Don’t let the pressure of your teachers and parents overpower you. Stay calm, have a positive approach towards yourself and your studies, and prepare well. Do not keep anything for the last moment revision just before entering an examination hall.

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A great figure or physique is nice, but it is self-confidence that makes someone really beautiful

It’s advisable to review your chapters by organising a question answer session with your friend an evening before the day of the exam. The review helps to test your expertise on the subject, diagnose any flaws that need your attention and build your confidence to face the exam.

Moreover, the more you fear, more you will lose your confidence and more will be the stress. The only way to develop self-confidence is to do the things you fear. If you fear the subject of Maths, sit down and solve some equations, don’t fear whether you will do right or wrong, just do it and gradually you will experience self-confidence and a sense of achievement.

Remember the caption of the soft drink, “Mountain Dew”, “Darr ke Aage Jeet Hai”. It’s not only a caption to market their product, but reflects the truth of life. Until you indulge into doing the task, you won’t learn and won’t develop self-confidence.

Sleep tight and sleep on time

All are aware of the saying “Early to bed, early to rise makes the man healthy, wealthy and wise.” But the recommendation is now taken for granted and students do not pay any heed to it, thinking it to be a fool’s statement.

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Though the significance of adequate sleep can’t be ignored even at normal times, examinations are the time to follow the advice more sincerely. Do not stay up late till night for your studies. Prepare your time-table accordingly so that you go to bed at the same time every day. This is in accordance with your body clock that is accustomed to sleeping and eating at particular times.

Any major changes with the routine will have negative effects on your body and mind, further disturbing your concentration and shaking your confidence. A good night’s sleep is essential for your brain to analyse and store the things you have read.

We are not forging into the bad effects of waking late till night; everyone is aware of it. The immediate tiredness and bad mood experienced says a lot about the bad effects of sleeping late at night.  You not only have to sleep early but, also consider the daily sleeping routine which must be consistent.

Never go to bed reading a chapter or solving some heavy maths equation; your mind tends to reconcile on those things during sleep and you do not get complete rest. It is advisable to listen to some soft instrumental music or read a motivational story before going to bed.

What majority students do is wake up till 2-3 am at night romancing their textbooks and sleep late in the morning to cover up on their sleep. Either they wake up late wasting most part of their day or feel tired after rising. Have you ever realised what impact will this have on your concentration?

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And then you blame the vast syllabus for your anxiety. It’s not the syllabus alone, rather your approach towards it that makes sense. You can either plan and maintain a balance between your health and studies or just keep on studying like an owl.

Moreover, staying awake till late hours on the day just prior to your exam is all the more harmful. Go to bed early on that day and wake up 15-30 minutes prior to your usual waking time so that you can get ready for the exam on time.

The correct method of study

Normally, students just cram their chapters and feel they are done with their preparation. But, when it’s time to write in an answer paper, they just go blank and are unable to recollect the answer.

To avoid this, it’s important to always take down the things you read in your own writing so that you remember them for a longer period of time and enhance your learning. The common habit of students is to highlight the major points in a chapter with a special pen and then keep on memorising it for hours.

No doubt highlighting the important points does serve your purpose of paying attention to the chunk of information from a pool of knowledge. Yet, writing down things in your own language reiterates the concept in your mind and you understand and retain for longer.

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For example, while learning about the important dates of a historical event, you can create a small table highlighting the event with its date, so that you can just have a look at the gist of the information while revising the chapter.

Stressing the importance of writing your own notes, Nehmat Mongia, a student of Modern School, Barakhamba who scored more than 95% in her board exams said, “I used to write and rewrite everything I studied. I did so not for studying or remembering before the exams, but to understand things and it was as if only I could teach myself. I did just that and made studying a fun activity.”

Moreover, the place of your study has a deep impact on your concentration and ability to grasp your concepts. You have different sites mentioning the amount of light, the things to keep at the study table and to study only on the chair while preparing for your exams.

But, do you know how your study table and chair must be inclined? Many students are seen either slipping down into the chair or bending their necks down for long hours at studying. Your study table and the chair must be so designed that your neck remains straight while studying and your feet touches the ground while sitting.

How is posture related with exam stress? Not directly, but a bad posture while studying tends to hurt your neck and back muscles making them stiff. To attain maximum concentration while studying, you not only need a healthy mind but, also a healthy body.

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If you are sick or suffering from pain anywhere in the body, you won’t be able to concentrate on your studies and would panic with anxiety.

Significance of a healthy diet during exams

The significance of a healthy diet can’t be overstressed at this hour. Many students believe in spending hours at their study table to prepare for their exams and in an extreme state give up eating proper meals and indulge in eating only fruits. They hold the opinion that eating much will make them feel sleepy and disturb their study routine.

But, actually, they don’t realise that eating well during exams is more crucial than at any other time. Avoiding meals to prevent falling asleep afterwards is not the solution. You must prepare your study routine to take time out for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This not only provides you with necessary nutrition but relaxes your mind from the burden of studies.

Sleepiness after a meal is mostly encountered if you consume food products with high amounts of fat like chips, fried products and so on. Keep your meals healthy and devoid of transfat and sugar to avoid feeling drowsy. In case you feel lethargic after a meal, listen to some instrumental and lively music for few minutes before sitting down for your studies.

“My appetite is dead. I don’t feel like eating anything. If I eat something, I will vomit.” These are the excuses commonly heard by the students during their exams. It happens because they think more and worry more about their performance in exams.

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As the saying goes, “Fools worry, and wise prepare”, so it’s obvious you don’t want to behave like a fool at this hour. Eating the right thing at the right time is the secret behind healthy body and mind. Not only nutrition but what you eat can help you cope with your exam stress.

All the more, you can make meal time a learning time too. Have a look at the vegetables cooked for your lunch and dinner and try to memorise the vitamins and minerals you receive from them. Learning in this manner is fun and doesn’t create a burden on you for memorising the facts.

“Fools worry, and wise prepare”, so it’s obvious you don’t want to behave like a fool at this hour.

Eat smaller and frequent meals and avoid large meals at this time, as they tend to make you drowsy. Green vegetables, fruits like strawberries, amla, oranges, tomatoes, and whole grain cereals like oats, barley, and whole wheat are a must in your diet regime. For the non-vegetarians, eggs and lean meat provide the necessary memory boosting nutrients.

Treat water as your best friend in the examination days. However, do not keep a water bottle or a plate of snacks near your study place. This ensures that you get up and take a minutes’ walk around the house whenever you feel thirsty or hungry in between; breaking away from the sedentary routine of studying and relaxing your mind every few hours.

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Take in these words with full attention. Do not take tea, coffee or other caffeinated drinks at this stage. Many students take tea or coffee to help them stay awake till late in the night for their studies or to avoid sleepiness in between. But, such things do more harm than good.

Instead, if you feel sleepy, munch on some healthy snack like a vegetable sandwich or have a glass of water or take a walk outside in fresh air to refresh your mood and take a break from the study routine.

Do not compare yourself with your peers

Many students have a habit of discussing with their friends as to how many topics they have covered for the exam. There is nothing wrong with this custom till it keeps you motivated to prepare well for your exams.

However, if you start a comparison of yourself with your peers and look down upon yourself, the habit needs to be restricted. Every student has his own aptitude and pace of learning, even you have your own.

If you wish to discuss any doubt with your friends or plan an interactive quiz to check your knowledge, the conversation will be fruitful and rewarding for your learning and motivation. But, discussing and comparing yourself with others may have a negative impact on your confidence level.

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If you feel that you are not confident enough and talking to your friends further demoralises you, stop indulging in such conversations before and during the exams. Even after completing the examination paper, do not discuss the answers with your peers. Be confident of your preparation and move ahead with any flaws you might discover therein.

Just remember, you are in competition with no one; just with yourself. If you find yourself better than yesterday, you achieve your goal. In fact, this trend of competition that has gripped our society today is more destructive than constructive for human minds.

Everybody is focusing on becoming better than the rest but no one focuses on being better than what they were yesterday; a notion that has led to a blind competition and stress in individuals. They never try to learn a new skill and be better equipped than yesterday, but wish to be ahead of others.

A scene in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots reminds us of this valuable theory of learning and not comparing with others. When Aamir khan was explaining the correct method of teaching to Boman Irani by using two useless words, he stressed the importance of learning and not paying attention to coming first or second in the class.

No one will pay attention to your class rank later in life, but how you perform today is what matters . And comparing yourself to others doesn’t make you learn, only increases your pressure and stress for the studies.

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Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. After all, it’s these differences that make us unique and beautiful. So, respect your differences with others and utilise them for your exam preparation.

Instead of comparing, leverage these differences in learning and propelling each other forward in exam preparations. For example, if you are good at algebra and your friend excels at vocabulary, you both can help each other with your respective weaker fields.

Pursue your hobbies even during exams

No fun, no chatting, and no shopping. This is the notion carried by most students during their exams. If not, it will be stressed by your parents; a big NO to everything. “Forget your mobile phones for few days, forget there is any cable connection in the house till your exams are over”, says your father.

Though some of these things prove to be distracting from your studies, but, giving them up completely is not advisable. You can’t sit glued to your chair for the whole day peeping into your textbooks; your mind needs to de-stress and relax in between, but the pressure from your parents doesn’t let you indulge in them.

However, it depends upon you how you use these mediums; only in moderation to relax your mind or become completely distracted from your studies. If you use them in moderation at particular times to break free from the sedentary routine of studying, no parents would pose an objection.

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In fact, many parents encourage their children to engage in their hobbies or favourite pastime even during exams to help them de-stress their minds. As said before, exams are not punishing times, but, an opportunity to test your knowledge and know your strengths and weaknesses. So, why change your routine during the exams, why drift apart from your hobbies?

M. Gayathri, the All- India CBSE topper of the year 2015 pursued her hobbies even during the board exams as she revealed to a The Hindustan Times reporter. Talking about her relaxing tip, she added “Unlike others, I did not discontinue my hobbies during the exams. In fact, singing and painting helped me to de-stress during that time.”

What can be inferred from her experience is that stress is common and obvious during examination time. However, do not let stress overpower you, simply find ways to cope with it, just like Gayathri did by engaging herself in singing and painting.

Yet, another trend seen amongst students is planning for their exam preparation in advance. No doubt, we do advise to plan out a timetable for studying, exercises, meal time, and relaxation. But, how should you go about these plans is the main catch?

Do not plan your entire preparations for the month or a week at one go, but go about planning each day step by step. If you plan for the entire week or month, chances are high that you won’t be able to stick to them and get demotivated and stressed in return.

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Contrastingly, planning for each day step by step keeps you motivated and rewards you with a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Indulge in giving yourself a treat when you accomplish your task every day.

Sukriti Gupta, the All-India CBSE topper of the last year doesn’t believe in excessive planning for the exams but taking one step at a time. She further advises other students preparing for their exams to follow NCERT books strictly, not fall into the trap of studying for 14 hours a day and not to expect any last minute miracles.

She further owes her success to the regular routine she followed, be it for her studies, diet regime or exercises.

There is no short-cut to success; hard work and consistency in your preparations is the only key.

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Navigating Future Horizons: The Imperative Need of Updated Career Counsellors in Indian Schools

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In the evolving landscape of education, the role of career counsellors in schools has become increasingly indispensable. Today, as we stand on the cusp of technological advancements and globalization, the need for informed career guidance has never been more critical. This article delves into the necessity of updated career counsellors in Indian schools, shedding light on misconceptions, highlighting new-age career paths, and emphasizing the importance of equipping students with the requisite skills and knowledge for their future endeavors.

Misconceptions and Realities
One prevalent misconception is that career counselling is only necessary for high school students approaching graduation. However, career development is a lifelong process, beginning as early as childhood and continuing throughout one’s professional journey. By integrating career counselling into the curriculum from an early age, students can explore various interests, talents, and aspirations, thus making informed decisions about their academic and career paths. Another misconception revolves around the notion that career counselling is solely for students struggling academically or uncertain about their future. On the contrary, career counselling is beneficial for all students, regardless of their academic prowess. It helps students align their interests, skills, and goals with suitable career pathways, fostering a sense of purpose and direction.

New Age vs. Conventional Careers
The contemporary job market is witnessing a paradigm shift, with emerging sectors such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, and renewable energy gaining prominence. While conventional careers like medicine, engineering, and law continue to hold sway, the landscape is diversifying rapidly, offering a plethora of unconventional yet promising career avenues.

In this era of innovation and disruption, students must be exposed to a spectrum of career options beyond the conventional ones. From digital marketing and sustainability consultancy to content creation and app development, the possibilities are endless. However, navigating these uncharted territories requires expert guidance and up-to-date information, underscoring the need for informed career counsellors in schools.

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The Crucial Role of Career Counsellors
Career counsellors serve as the bridge between students and their future aspirations. They possess the expertise to assess students’ aptitudes, interests, and personality traits, thereby recommending suitable career pathways. Moreover, they stay abreast of industry trends, market demands, and educational policies, equipping them with the knowledge to guide students effectively.

In the Indian context, where the education system is often rigid and rote-learning oriented, career counsellors play a pivotal role in challenging traditional mindsets and fostering a culture of innovation and exploration. By advocating for skill-based learning and experiential education, they empower students to embrace their uniqueness and pursue unconventional career paths with confidence.

The Need for Informed Career Counsellors
India’s demographic dividend, characterized by a burgeoning youth population, presents both opportunities and challenges. While the youth bulge holds the potential to drive economic growth and innovation, it also underscores the urgency of equipping young minds with the requisite skills and knowledge to navigate an increasingly competitive global landscape.

In this regard, informed career counsellors serve as catalysts for change, guiding students through the intricacies of career selection, course planning, and overseas education opportunities. They demystify the application and admission processes for prestigious institutions, provide mentorship for entrance exams, and facilitate internships and industry interactions, thereby nurturing well-rounded individuals poised for success.

As we march towards a future characterized by uncertainty and rapid transformation, the role of career counsellors in schools becomes paramount. By dispelling misconceptions, embracing new-age career pathways, and championing skill-based learning, they pave the way for students to embark on fulfilling and meaningful professional journeys.

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In essence, investing in updated career counsellors isn’t just a necessity; it’s a strategic imperative for shaping the future workforce and fostering socio-economic development. As educational leaders, let us recognize the pivotal role of career counselling in shaping the destinies of our students and strive towards creating a generation of future-ready individuals equipped to thrive in the dynamic world of tomorrow.

Authored By- 
Archana Singh
Principal, Sunbeam Suncity (School & Hostel),
Varanasi

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Growing Education Parity in India: The Divide Between Rich and Poor

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The education gap between wealthier and poorer households in India and much of Asia is widening, exacerbated by the impact of climate change. As Ankush Banerjee highlighted in his article titled “The educational gap between poorer and richer households is growing in India and much of Asia, thanks to climate change” on Business Insider India, the recent heatwaves reaching 47°C forced the Delhi government to close schools early to protect students. However, many private schools remained open, equipped with air conditioning and other amenities, illustrating the disparity between private and public education systems.

The COVID-19 pandemic had already brought attention to the detrimental effects of interrupted schooling, which disproportionately affects disadvantaged students. Climate change-induced disruptions further compound this problem. Poorer families, who often lack resources for remote learning, find their children falling further behind, as high temperatures and extreme weather lead to more frequent school closures.

Education and Economic Disparity

The economic disparity in India has also been growing, with the rich contributing increasingly more to the country’s GDP while the poor struggle to keep up. As reported by Deccan Herald, India’s richest 10% contribute more than half of the country’s GDP, while the bottom 50% contribute only 17%. This wealth gap is mirrored in the education sector, where children from affluent families have access to better educational resources, while those from poorer backgrounds are left to navigate the challenges of underfunded public schools and lack of infrastructure.

The rising costs associated with private education, coupled with the inadequate state of many public schools, mean that poorer families are often unable to afford quality education for their children. This creates a vicious cycle, where lack of education leads to fewer economic opportunities, perpetuating poverty across generations.

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Climate Change and Educational Outcomes

As the UNESCO report cited by Banerjee indicates, extreme weather events linked to climate change are causing more frequent and prolonged school closures, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The heatwaves in India, for instance, have not only led to early school closures but have also significantly impacted students’ academic performance. High temperatures have been associated with lower grades and poorer test results, disproportionately affecting students from poorer households who lack the means to mitigate these impacts.

Remote learning, while a potential solution, poses its own set of challenges. Children from low-income families often lack access to necessary technology and internet connectivity, further widening the educational gap. Additionally, online education cannot replicate the essential one-on-one interactions that are crucial for young learners, particularly those who require more guidance and support.

Addressing the Parity

To bridge this widening gap, there needs to be a concerted effort to improve the quality of public education and make it accessible to all. This includes investing in school infrastructure, providing adequate training for teachers, and ensuring that learning resources are available to every student, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Furthermore, policies should be geared towards making education resilient to climate change. This means building schools that can withstand extreme weather, integrating climate education into the curriculum, and ensuring that contingency plans are in place to minimize disruptions to learning.

The growing educational disparity in India underscores the urgent need for systemic changes. As climate change continues to affect school attendance and performance, it is imperative that steps are taken to ensure that all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, have access to quality education. Only by addressing these issues can we hope to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

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Navigating Post-Class 12 Career Choices: A Comprehensive Guide

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Every student experiences a great sense of accomplishment when completing class 12, which signifies the conclusion of their time in school and the start of a new adventure into the realm of higher education and job options. Selecting the ideal path may be both exhilarating and overwhelming with so many alternatives accessible. To successfully traverse the ever-changing field of professional options and forge a rewarding and happy career path, it is imperative to remain proactive, adaptive, and open-minded. Here, we try to understand a few career options to opt for after graduating class 12.

  1. Architecture:
    Architecture has proven to be an enticing career path if you have a passion for creativity, design and innovation. It is a broad field that incorporates art, science, technology, and social responsibility in addition to building design. After high school, pursuing a career in architecture can lead to a world of creativity, innovation, and professional fulfilment. Various career options after class 12 under Architecture are Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design studies and Bachelor of Vocational studies.
  2. Business Management:
    A career in business management offers a bright and exciting future for people with a flair for strategy, innovation, and leadership. Numerous industries, including corporate organisations, consulting firms, financial institutions, startups, government agencies, and non-profit organisations, present job options for individuals pursuing a career in business management.
  3. Bachelor in Business Management (BMS)
    Following class 12 with a degree in Bachelor of Business Management (BMS) might be a wise investment in one’s future as it provides a route for both professional and personal development in the business sector. A BMS degree gives students the information and abilities they need to thrive in today’s competitive business world, thanks to its extensive curriculum, emphasis on leadership development, practical learning opportunities, and variety of career routes. This undergraduate degree prepares students for a wide range of job prospects in the corporate sector and beyond by giving them a strong foundation in business principles, leadership abilities, and strategic thinking.
  4. Sports Management:
    A career in the business of sports administration offers an interesting route for people who are enthusiastic about sports and want to integrate their love of the game with their professional goals. Following class 12, students have the opportunity to delve deeper into the exciting field of sports management, which includes managing the strategic, operational, and business facets of sports organisations.
  5. Event Management:
    After completing your 12th grade education, event management could be the ideal career option to explore for you if you have a passion for creativity, organising, and uniting people. A career in event management provides numerous options in a variety of events such as wedding and social events, corporate events, reality shows, award functions, media promotions, live music festivals, sports events, tourism and hospitality related events.
  6. Tourism:
    After high school, pursuing a career in tourism opens doors to a world of discovery, adventure, and cross-cultural interaction. It also enables people to have a significant impact on creating lifelong memories for other people via travel. Graduates may consider positions as a tour manager, travel advisor, destination expert, airline representative, cruise director, or executive in tourism marketing, and many more.

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Mr. Vipul Solanki, Director Future Varsity

 

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Understanding Food Labels: A Guide for Students and Parents

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In an era where food marketing is dominated by attractive advertisements and appealing packaging, it’s crucial for students and parents to understand the significance of food safety and reading food labels. Unfortunately, this essential knowledge is often overlooked in school curriculums. Educating children about food safety is not only about preventing foodborne illnesses but also about empowering them to make informed choices about what they consume.

Why Food Safety Should Be Taught in Schools

Children are not just passive consumers; they are active participants in their health journey. Understanding food labels equips them with the knowledge to navigate the complexities of modern food marketing. It helps them identify what goes into their bodies and make healthier choices, which can lead to better long-term health outcomes.

The Hidden Dangers of Attractive Ads

Many food products, especially those targeted at children, come with enticing advertisements that highlight taste and convenience but often mask the less desirable ingredients. For instance, products containing palm oil are prevalent due to its low cost and versatility. However, the production of palm oil has significant environmental and health implications. India’s drive for palm oil, as highlighted by Dialogue Earth, faces a reality check due to these issues​ (Dialogue Earth)​.

Moreover, companies like PepsiCo are recognising the need to replace palm oil in their products. They have started trials to find healthier and more sustainable alternatives for their popular snacks​​ (Read More). This shift reflects a growing awareness and responsibility towards food safety and health, which should be mirrored in educational initiatives.

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Reading Food Labels: A Lifelong Skill

Understanding how to read food labels is a critical skill that should be nurtured from a young age. Here’s why:

  1. Identifying Ingredients: Knowing how to identify and understand ingredients can help children avoid harmful additives and allergens.
  2. Nutritional Information: Learning to interpret nutritional information enables students to make choices that support their overall health and well-being.
  3. Expiration Dates: Recognising the importance of expiration dates helps in preventing foodborne illnesses.

How to Read Food Labels

  1. Ingredients List: Teach children to look for whole, unprocessed foods and to be cautious of ingredients they can’t pronounce.
  2. Serving Size and Calories: Understanding serving sizes and calorie counts helps in managing portions and energy intake.
  3. Nutritional Content: Focus on the amounts of fats, sugars, and sodium. Encourage a diet rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

Implementing Food Safety Education

Integrating food safety education into school curriculums can be achieved through various methods:

  1. Interactive Lessons: Use engaging activities and real-life scenarios to teach students about food labels and safety.
  2. Workshops and Seminars: Invite nutritionists and food safety experts to conduct workshops for students and parents.
  3. Practical Applications: Incorporate cooking classes where students can practice reading labels and preparing healthy meals.

Incorporating food safety education into school curriculums is essential for empowering children as informed consumers. By understanding food labels, students can make healthier choices, resist the allure of misleading advertisements, and take control of their dietary habits. As companies move towards more sustainable practices, like PepsiCo’s initiative to replace palm oil, it is crucial that education keeps pace, equipping the next generation with the knowledge they need to make responsible food choices.

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An Alarming Future: India’s Extreme Heatwaves and the Urgency for Environmental Education

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As we mark World Environment Day, the searing heatwaves sweeping across India this year serve as a dire warning. The temperatures, reaching unprecedented highs, underline an urgent message: our current environmental trajectory is unsustainable. If we fail to act now, we won’t have the luxury of choosing to be climate activists or champions in a decade; we’ll be forced to address the catastrophic consequences of our inaction.

This year, India has experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record. From the arid landscapes of Rajasthan to the bustling streets of Delhi, the oppressive heat has not only caused widespread discomfort but has also had severe repercussions on public health, agriculture, and the economy. Heatwaves have become more frequent and intense, a stark indicator of climate change’s accelerating impact.

A Message from the Future

The extreme heat is a glimpse into a future where climate change dictates our way of life. If we continue to prioritize short-term development over long-term sustainability, we are setting the stage for a scenario where environmental degradation becomes irreversible. The deforestation, pollution, and rampant urbanization we often justify in the name of progress are, in reality, regressions. They are actions that are eroding the very foundation of our future.

Ten years from now, the choice to become a climate activist will no longer exist; it will be a necessity. Our children and grandchildren will inherit a world where survival might hinge on how well we manage the environment today. The trees we cut for new infrastructure projects are the same trees that could have mitigated flooding, reduced urban heat, and cleaned the air. True development cannot occur without sustainable practices at its core.

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More Than Just Theory

Environmental studies should transcend the boundaries of theoretical knowledge. To cultivate a generation that values and protects the environment, we must embed practical environmental education into the curriculum. This means moving beyond textbooks and exams, and instead fostering real-world experiences and actions.

Schools should integrate activities like tree planting, waste management projects, and community clean-ups. Such hands-on experiences instill a deeper understanding and respect for the environment. Moreover, incorporating environmental ethics into daily school life can help students see the direct impact of their actions on the planet.

Films and Books for Environmental Curriculum

To enrich the curriculum, here are five films and books that vividly illustrate the importance of environmental conservation:

  1. Film: “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006)
    • Al Gore’s documentary highlights the science of climate change and the urgent need for action.
  2. Book: “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson
    • This groundbreaking work raised public awareness about the dangers of pesticides and sparked the modern environmental movement.
  3. Film: “Before the Flood” (2016)
    • Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary showcases the impact of climate change across the globe and explores potential solutions.
  4. Book: “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss
    • A classic children’s book that tells the story of the environment through the character of the Lorax, who speaks for the trees.
  5. Film: “Our Planet” (2019)
    • This Netflix series, narrated by David Attenborough, showcases the beauty of our natural world and the urgent need to protect it.

The extreme heatwaves in India are a clear, urgent call to action. We must rethink our approach to development and education, ensuring that environmental conservation becomes a core value. By integrating practical environmental studies into our education system and using powerful films and literature to inspire change, we can hope to create a future where true development is sustainable, and our children can live in harmony with the planet. On this World Environment Day, let’s commit to making these changes, for there’s no time left to lose.

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Building Global Schools: Global Outreach, Local Values

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In an increasingly interconnected world, the role of education transcends borders. As the director of Dalimss Sunbeam School, I am deeply committed to crafting an educational environment that prepares our students not only for the challenges of today but also for the complexities of tomorrow’s global landscape. Central to this vision is the concept of Building Global Schools – institutions that seamlessly integrate global outreach with the preservation of local values.

At Dalimss Sunbeam School, we believe that embracing a global perspective does not require sacrificing the rich tapestry of local cultural values. Instead, it involves finding a delicate balance between the two, ensuring that our students are exposed to diverse worldviews while remaining rooted in their own heritage. This approach fosters a sense of cultural competence, empathy, and open-mindedness among our students, essential qualities for navigating an increasingly interconnected world.

One of the primary ways in which we promote global outreach while preserving local values is through our curriculum. We have developed a curriculum that is not only academically rigorous but also culturally inclusive. Our students learn about the history, traditions, and customs of various cultures around the world, allowing them to develop a deep appreciation for diversity. At the same time, we incorporate elements of our local culture into the curriculum, ensuring that our students remain connected to their roots.

Moreover, we actively seek opportunities for international collaboration and exchange programs. Through partnerships with schools in different countries, our students have the chance to interact with their peers from diverse backgrounds, fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship. These experiences not only broaden their horizons but also deepen their appreciation for their own culture and identity.

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Furthermore, we understand the importance of incorporating global issues into our teaching practices. From climate change to human rights, we encourage our students to critically engage with pressing global challenges. By analyzing these issues through both a local and global lens, our students develop a nuanced understanding of the interconnectedness of the world and their role as global citizens.

In addition to our academic endeavors, we also place a strong emphasis on extracurricular activities that promote global awareness and understanding. Through activities such as Model United Nations, cultural festivals, and community service projects, our students have the opportunity to engage with global issues in a hands-on and meaningful way. These experiences not only complement their academic learning but also instill in them a sense of responsibility towards the global community.

Building Global Schools is not just about expanding horizons; it is about embracing diversity, fostering empathy, and nurturing global citizenship. At Dalimss Sunbeam School, we are committed to creating an educational environment where global outreach and local values coexist harmoniously, preparing our students to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. By embracing this vision, we believe that we can empower our students to become compassionate, informed, and culturally competent leaders of tomorrow.

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Creating an Inclusive Curriculum: A Leader’s Perspective

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela once said. This resonates deeply with me as I reflect on the necessity of an inclusive curriculum to ensure the well-being of our students. As a mother, an educator, and a school leader, I recognize the profound impact that inclusive decisions at the leadership level have on shaping a school’s culture.

A school’s culture is defined by its core values and the shared understanding of these values among all stakeholders. Inclusion should be at the forefront of this culture, starting with our teachers. It is essential that every teacher feels heard and valued, with their suggestions taken seriously. We must prioritise dialogue over mere discussion, creating safe and brave spaces where everyone can share their viewpoints and take responsibility for their words’ impact.

To foster an inclusive learning environment for our students, we must first create a welcoming and inclusive environment for our staff. Leaders need to be open to feedback and suggestions, engaging in weekly open dialogues to promote teacher voice. Clear expectations, opportunities for professional development, and allowing staff to achieve outcomes using varied methods are key strategies in this process.

When teachers feel included and empowered, they are better equipped to ensure inclusion in the classroom. Inclusion goes beyond its traditional perception; it’s about giving every child the opportunity to participate fully in learning, fostering a sense of belonging and contribution.

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Often, when we hear the term “inclusion,” we immediately think of ways to support students with different learning needs. While this is crucial, we must broaden our perspective. Inclusion means including everyone—students, teachers, and staff alike.

One effective strategy for creating an inclusive classroom environment is curriculum compacting. This approach is particularly beneficial for students who demonstrate high potential and are already operating at a relational abstract level. By engaging these students in research and project-based work, we can provide them with challenges that extend their learning beyond the standard curriculum.

In curriculum compacting, regular lessons are replaced with opportunities for students to delve into more complex concepts through student-led projects. Teachers guide these projects, helping students apply their conceptual understanding to real-life applications. This not only caters to their advanced learning needs but also nurtures their potential to reach higher levels of abstract thinking.

Inclusion, at its core, is about ensuring every student feels a part of the learning journey. As leaders, our commitment to creating an inclusive culture will ultimately transform our schools into places where every individual—staff and student alike—can thrive.

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10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids During Summer Breaks

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Summer breaks are a much-anticipated time for children, filled with opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation. However, amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to prioritise safety to ensure that these experiences remain enjoyable and hazard-free. Here are some essential safety tips for kids during the summer holidays.

1. Stay Hydrated

One of the biggest risks during the summer is dehydration. Children often get so engrossed in play that they forget to drink water. Encourage your kids to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, but natural fruit juices and milk are also good choices. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas, as they can lead to more dehydration. Teach children to recognise the signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, dizziness, and fatigue.

2. Sun Protection

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The summer sun can be harsh, and overexposure can lead to sunburn, heat exhaustion, or even heatstroke. Ensure your children wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply it every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Hats, sunglasses, and light, breathable clothing can also provide additional protection. Encourage kids to play in the shade during peak sun hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

3. Water Safety

Whether it’s the beach, a pool, or a lake, water activities are a summer favourite. However, they come with inherent risks. Always supervise children when they are near water. Teach them basic swimming skills and ensure they know never to swim alone. If you have a pool at home, make sure it’s fenced and that the gate is locked when not in use. Familiarise your children with water safety rules, such as not running around the pool area and recognising the significance of lifeguard instructions.

4. Bike and Scooter Safety

Cycling and scootering are popular summer activities, but they require safety precautions. Ensure your child wears a properly fitted helmet every time they ride. Elbow and knee pads can also prevent injuries in case of falls. Teach them to follow traffic rules, use bike lanes where available, and to be aware of their surroundings. Reflective clothing or accessories can make them more visible to motorists, especially during early morning or evening rides.

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5. Stranger Danger Awareness

With more time spent outdoors, it’s vital to remind children about stranger danger. Teach them not to talk to strangers or accept gifts or rides from people they don’t know. Establish a family code word that only trusted individuals know, which can be used in emergency situations. Equip your child with a mobile phone if they are old enough, and ensure they know how to use it to contact you or emergency services.

6. Safe Playgrounds

Playgrounds are fantastic places for children to burn off energy and socialise, but they must be safe environments. Check that the playground equipment is in good condition and that the surfaces are made of impact-absorbing materials like wood chips, sand, or rubber. Teach your children to play safely, avoiding pushing or shoving, and to be mindful of younger kids who may be playing nearby.

7. Insect Protection

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Summer also brings out insects like mosquitoes and ticks. These can be more than just a nuisance; they can carry diseases. Use insect repellent containing child safety approved ingridients. Dress them in long sleeves and trousers during early morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active. After outdoor activities, especially in wooded or grassy areas, check your child’s body for ticks.

8. Food Safety

With picnics and barbecues being a staple of summer, food safety is paramount. Ensure that all perishable food is kept cold until it’s time to eat. Teach your children the importance of washing their hands before handling food. Be cautious with foods that spoil easily in the heat, such as dairy products, meats, and mayonnaise-based dishes. When in doubt, throw it out – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

9. First Aid Knowledge

Accidents can happen, no matter how careful you are. Equip your children with basic first aid knowledge. Teach them how to clean and bandage a minor cut or scrape, and how to identify when they need to seek help from an adult. Make sure they know the emergency contact numbers and how to explain their location in case they need to call for help.

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10. Safe Travel

If your summer plans include travel, ensure that your child’s car seat is properly installed and that they always wear a seatbelt. During flights, remind them to stay seated and follow the crew’s instructions. Carry a small travel first aid kit and any necessary medications.

By incorporating these safety tips into your summer routine, you can help ensure that your children have a fun, healthy, and safe holiday. Summer should be a time of joy and adventure, and with a little preparation and vigilance, it can be free from mishaps and worries.

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Climate Change Erodes Education Outcomes: World Bank Report

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A new World Bank policy note reveals alarming evidence on how climate change is severely impacting education outcomes worldwide. The report highlights the increasing frequency of school closures due to extreme weather events and other climate-related factors, outlining the urgent need for adaptation measures within the education sector.

Over the past two decades, schools were closed during approximately 75 percent of extreme weather events affecting over 5 million people. It has become common for countries to close their schools multiple times a year due to heatwaves, flooding, and high pollution levels. The duration of these closures is often prolonged when school infrastructure is vulnerable or used as evacuation centres.

Climate change is also indirectly affecting students through increased diseases, stress, and conflict. The report notes that a one standard deviation change in temperature and rainfall has been linked to a 14 percent increase in the risk of intergroup conflict and interpersonal violence. These factors have severe consequences on children’s educational attainment and achievement.

The erosion of learning due to climate change translates into lower future earnings and productivity, especially for the poor. Research indicates that each additional year of schooling is associated with a 10 percent increase in earnings. As climate shocks reduce educational attainment, future earnings are likely to suffer, perpetuating cycles of poverty and limiting social mobility across generations.

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Despite these growing negative impacts, the report indicates that policymakers do not fully appreciate the urgency of climate adaptation within the education sector. A novel survey covering 94 education policymakers across 28 low- and middle-income countries reveals that nearly 61 percent ranked the protection of learning from climate change among the bottom three priorities in their country. This low prioritisation is troubling because the benefits of education are under threat.

To build resilience in education systems, policymakers must act on four fronts: education management, school infrastructure, students and teachers as change agents, and ensuring learning continuity. The report underscores the need for immediate action to adapt education systems to cope with extreme weather events.

For instance, global estimates indicate that the education sector experiences financial losses of $4 billion annually due to tropical cyclones alone. In the Philippines, over 10,000 classrooms are damaged per year due to typhoons and floods.

The World Bank’s findings stress that for millions of children who will need to attend school over the next 50 years, the results of climate mitigation will come too late. Governments must act now to increase the capacity of education systems to adapt and cope with these increasingly prevalent extreme weather events.

As climate change continues to pose severe risks to educational outcomes, it is imperative that policymakers recognise and address these challenges urgently. The future of education depends on our ability to adapt and build resilience against the adverse effects of climate change.

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Teaching Sensitivity to Kids in School: A Necessity for Today’s World

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In recent years, instances of bullying, violence, and other harmful behaviours have alarmingly increased among young children. Various factors contribute to this troubling trend. The omnipresence of social media, exposure to violent content, familial discord, and the high-pressure environment of academic and extracurricular achievements are significant reasons. These influences create an environment where children may not develop the necessary empathy and understanding to coexist harmoniously with their peers.

Given this backdrop, it is crucial to emphasise the teaching of sensitivity to children in schools. Sensitising kids towards each other, society, animals, nature, and humans in general is not just beneficial—it is imperative for fostering a more compassionate and cohesive community.

The Importance of Sensitivity

Firstly, teaching sensitivity is essential to combat bullying and violence. When children are taught to understand and appreciate the feelings and perspectives of others, they are less likely to engage in harmful behaviours. Empathy and kindness can act as powerful deterrents against bullying. Moreover, children who are sensitive to the emotions of their peers can contribute to a supportive and inclusive school environment, where everyone feels valued and respected.

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Furthermore, sensitivity towards society and the environment is crucial for nurturing responsible future citizens. Teaching children to care for animals, respect nature, and understand social issues instils a sense of responsibility and stewardship. This not only benefits the immediate community but also contributes to the broader goal of sustainable living and environmental conservation.

Implementing Sensitivity Education at the Grassroots Level in India

To effectively implement sensitivity education, a multifaceted approach is necessary, starting at the grassroots level. Here are several strategies that can be employed:

  1. Incorporate Sensitivity into the Curriculum: Schools should integrate lessons on empathy, kindness, and respect into the existing curriculum. Subjects like Social Studies and Environmental Science can include modules that teach children about the importance of sensitivity towards others and the environment. Stories, role-playing activities, and discussions can be powerful tools in this regard.
  2. Teacher Training and Development: Educators play a pivotal role in shaping the attitudes and behaviours of students. Providing teachers with training on how to foster empathy and sensitivity in the classroom is essential. Workshops and seminars can equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
  3. Extracurricular Activities and Clubs: Schools can organise clubs and activities that promote sensitivity. For instance, eco-clubs can engage students in activities like tree planting, waste management, and animal care, fostering a sense of responsibility towards nature. Similarly, social service clubs can involve students in community service projects, teaching them the importance of giving back to society.
  4. Parental Involvement: Sensitivity education should not be confined to the school environment. Encouraging parents to reinforce these values at home is crucial. Schools can organise workshops and provide resources to help parents understand their role in teaching empathy and kindness to their children.
  5. Creating a Safe and Inclusive School Environment: Schools should strive to create an environment where every student feels safe and valued. Anti-bullying policies, counselling services, and peer support programs can help achieve this. Additionally, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity through cultural events and awareness campaigns can enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of different perspectives.

Teaching sensitivity to children in school is not merely an optional add-on to education; it is a fundamental aspect of nurturing well-rounded individuals who can contribute positively to society. By addressing the rise in bullying and violence through empathy and understanding, we can create a more compassionate and harmonious community. Implementing sensitivity education at the grassroots level in India requires a collaborative effort from educators, parents, and the community. Together, we can ensure that our children grow up to be empathetic, responsible, and sensitive citizens, ready to make a positive impact on the world.

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