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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.

“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 Not these outdated and boring breathing exercises.”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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

 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.”

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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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Rashtrapati Bhavan to open for public viewing 5 days a week from 1st Dec

As per an official statement released by the President’s secretariat, people can visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the mentioned days in 5 time slots of one hour each.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open for public viewing for five days a week from December 1, 2022.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan tour will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (except on Gazetted Holidays) in 5 time slots i.e. 1000-1100h, 1100-1200h, 1200-1300h, 1400-1500h, and 1500-1600h.

Apart from the Rashtrapati Bhavan tour, people can visit Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex six days in a week from Tuesday to Sunday (except on Gazetted Holidays.)

Every Saturday, people can also witness the Change of Guard Ceremony at the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan from 0800 hrs to 0900 hrs. The Ceremony will not take place on Saturday if it is a Gazetted Holiday or if it is so notified by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Visitors can learn more about the Rashtrapati Bhavan tours and book their slots online at the website.

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Tackling Gender Inequality from the Early Years

Strategies for building a gender-transformative pre-primary education system

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Education has the immense transformational power to combat social inequalities and gender bias – and our greatest opportunity lies in the potential to tackle these inequalities in the earliest years before they are consolidated.

After three decades of focused efforts on girls’ education and gender equality, we have made progress in reaching gender parity in school participation, with an increasing number of countries reaching equal access to education for both boys and girls.

Access to early childhood education has increased over the last two decades, with global enrolment rates showing gender parity in access among boys and girls.

Despite this gender parity in access, the pre-primary education system does not always deliver on its potential to tackle gender inequities and address harmful gender stereotypes while the youngest learners are absorbing them.

This research explores the ways in which pre-primary education can become more gender-transformative at a system level and presents 11 key strategies to support this goal.

The strategies are organized around five interconnected action areas: planning and budgeting; curriculum; workforce development; family and community engagement; and quality assurance.

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These strategies can help governments and policymakers proactively incorporate gender responsiveness into the design and implementation of their pre-primary education policy and programming, following a system-wide perspective.

Download the report here.

Source: UNICEF – Office of Research-Innocenti

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The Mental Health Algorithm

Before we talk about how to help children with their mental health it is important to remind ourselves of a safety instruction used on airplanes- put on your oxygen mask first before helping others.

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Why have I called it an algorithm? Because mental health needs the following –

  • Decomposition- breaking the task into smaller, manageable tasks. Breaking mental health into smaller, manageable things to do every day
  • Pattern recognition- finding a pattern in how children behave when confronted with certain situations or stress
  • Abstraction- teaching ourselves to focus on what matters and ignore the other things, so when children misbehave focus on the why and not the how, what, and other clutter.
  • Algorithmic thinking- creating a set of steps to follow to help children cope with their emotions, talk about mental health and be happy.

Can young children suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma? The answer is yes. But what does this look like? It can be any of these behaviors or a combination of them-

  1. Children start having tantrums and start misbehaving
  2. Become moody
  3. Become aggressive
  4. They start bedwetting, and nail-biting.
  5. They are unable to focus or remember new learning
  6. They start over or undereating.
  7. Suffer from lack of sleep and start dozing off during the day.

Parents and teachers should be worried if these last for more than two weeks consistently.

Dr. Maria Kovacs, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine says that when young children are depressed “the primary mood is irritability not sadness- children come across as being very cranky. The best way for parents and teachers to recognize depression in young children is not so much by what a child says as by what the child does- or stops doing.”

Dr. Helen Egger until recently the chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health says, “ in a preschool-aged child depression may look like a behaviour problem but is really driven by what the child is feeling inside.”

But before we talk about how to help children with their mental health it is important to remind ourselves of a safety instruction used on airplanes- put on your oxygen mask first before helping others. Adults who take care of children especially teachers must first take care of their mental health and give it importance because if they do not consider it an important aspect of holistic health then they will never be able to take care of the mental health of their students. Teachers go through a lot of stress, and anxiety which if bottled up for a long time can trigger serious mental health issues.

Causes of stress in teachers-

  1. Inability to handle workplace politics
  2. Struggling with issues at the home and family front
  3. The guilt of not being able to give their best to the special needs children in their class
  4. Inability to handle workload due to lack of time management, prioritization and other issues.
  5. Nervousness about handling upset parents.

So let’s code teacher’s mental health-

Taking care of your mental health should become a part of your daily routine, make time for it and prioritize it –

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  1. Set some time aside every day to unwind.
  2. Plan and prioritize – time management is an extremely important life skill, but is not taught to us in any course. Learn and imbibe it. Don’t use your brain to remember tasks, for that keep a diary or a reminder on your phone. Brains get stressed when we only use them to remember things, brains are for logic and thinking.
  3. Set boundaries- especially for your texts, messages and emails, and most importantly social media.
  4. Appreciate your skills and learn new ones- never stop learning, as they say still water stagnates.
  5. Move. Move. – don’t ignore physical exercise.
  6. Seek help. Seek support. Seek advice- don’t struggle alone with your personal or professional dilemmas, seek the right support.

Teaching Coping and resilience-

It is said that those who survived the pandemic without facing mental health issues are those who were resilient. What is resiliency? It means the ability to bounce back from difficult situations, it means the ability to feel the negative emotions, let them wash over you like a super wave but not allowing them to engulf or drown you, it means surviving with your emotional health intact.

To be resilient one has to learn coping skills, and these need to be taught to children from a young age. Children learn by imitation so they will learn how to cope with the adults in their environment, hence it is important that we display good coping skills.

Coping is nothing but the ability to ‘turn down’ your reaction to a situation, emotion, or stress.

Some coping skills to teach children are-

  1. Self-soothing- engage the body in a ritual of natural calming- deep breathing, counting to ten etc
  2. Distraction- redirecting your attention to something more interesting and positive- look outside the window, start dancing, clap your hands, etc
  3. Mindfulness- focussing on your feelings and what is happening to your body and how to calm down and reclaim your emotions. – deep breathing, labelling the emotion, knowing positive ways to react to that emotion instead of choosing negative ways.

Try these breathing games with children

Mindfulness is the key…

The ability to reflect upon what is happening, while it is happening is called Mindfulness.  Mindfulness helps children be aware of their emotions and feelings and they are then better able to control and voice out their emotions. It works for everyone, have you ever said something that you later regret? Well, it means you were not ‘mindful’ about your speech, you blurted out whatever you were thinking and feeling! You responded to a stimulus without pausing and ‘thinking’. Mindfulness is the pause that you take between a stimulus and a reaction. Teaching this to children will help them move from ‘I can’t, I don’t want.” to understanding ‘I can, Why I don’t want, what should I do.’

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Mindfulness is being aware or mindful of your body and its needs and condition and meditation is the ability to control your body to calm your thoughts. That is why meditation requires an upright-seated posture. Deep breathing exercises while sitting upright with the eyes closed, is a great combination of both mindfulness and meditation.

One of the simplest mindfulness activities is to get children to close their eyes and listen to their breathing. Ask questions like-

  • Can you hear your breathing?
  • How is it fast or slow?
  • Put your hand on your chest, can you feel your heartbeat?

Now make them do rigorous jumping and then stop and again ask them the same questions, and ask them what is the difference in their breathing and heartbeat now? Now make them sit down, close their eyes, and take deep breaths in and out – now how do they feel?

The above will help children feel their breath, and their heartbeat and understand how their breathing and heartbeat change when they do any physical activity, it also changes when they are upset or angry. Explain to them what to do when they experience these feelings…take a deep breath to calm down and think.

Emotional labelling –

Out-of-control emotions can make smart people stupid.- Daniel Goleman

In the early years, emotions and feelings are something that children are experiencing for the first time and it can lead to a lot of confusion if we always ask them to ‘behave’, ‘don’t cry’ etc. because then they throw tantrums and have meltdowns. But there is a way we can have a balance between ignoring a strong emotion and completely indulging in it, it is called ‘affect labelling’ or ‘emotion labelling’. By labelling something we are able to understand and acknowledge it and thus able to deal with it or quell it.

In any stressful situation, children experience a range of emotions and feelings of fear, boredom, irritability, sadness, etc. How we help them acknowledge those feelings or help them find acceptable ways of releasing them, will define their positive emotional development, which will also impact their social and cognitive development.

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How can early childhood educators and parents help enhance emotional development in the early years?
  1. Help children identify and label their feelings and thus enable them to deal with them appropriately. Use sentences like these to help them label emotions, “I see you are angry because you did not get the blue crayon…..”, or “I see you are sad that your friend did not sit next to you…..” and then extend the sentences to help enable them to cope with the emotions, “….but you can colour with the red one till the blue one is available.” Or “….but you can sit with Yash today and maybe share with him all the fun.”
  2. Stories and story characters can be used as an important tool to help kids cope with and understand emotions. Use appropriate stories and then use discussion starters like-
  • Talking and discussing the emotions shown by the story characters, both positive and negative.
  • Asking the children how they think a character felt at the end of a story or when something important happened in the story. E.g. “How do you think baby bear felt on seeing his chair broken?”
  • Asking the children what they would do to help the character in the story feel better. E.g. “If you were Goldilocks what would you do to make the baby bear feel better?”
  1. Accept emotional responses; learn to teach them to reject the emotional behaviour or to channel it. For example, if a child bites someone, the feeling is of anger or frustration. So teach the child to acknowledge the emotion by saying, “I know you are feeling angry or frustrated that you are unable to get a chance on the slide but you can talk to me about it but it is not acceptable to bite or hit someone.”

Use this new version of ‘Where is Thumbkin?’ to help children label emotions and understand safe and acceptable ways of showing emotion or dealing with it.

Let’s talk about mental health and arm the child with the ability to cope, and this comes from emotional intelligence,  so understand children’s emotional needs and give the support and care required to strengthen their emotional armour and mental health.

Happiness can always be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” – Dumbledore.

About the author:

Dr. Swati Popat Vats is President, Early Childhood Association India, Association for Primary Education & Research, and Podar Education Network.

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UNICEF urges governments to invest in building safe drinking water systems

Universal access to safe drinking water requires increased investment backed by strong government institutions – WHO, UNICEF, and World Bank

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Governments must invest strategically in building safe drinking water systems by not only increasing funding, but also strengthening capacities to plan, coordinate, and regulate service provision, if the world is to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and mitigate the effects of climate change, say WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank in a report released today.

The State of the World’s Drinking Water report notes that over 2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water in the past two decades.  This progress, while positive, is fragile and inequitable with one-quarter of the world’s population left behind.  Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of droughts and floods, which exacerbate water insecurity, disrupt supplies, and devastate communities.  Meanwhile, rapid urbanization is increasing the strain on cities’ capacity to deliver water to the millions of people living in informal communities and slums.

“Providing greater access to safe drinking water has saved many lives, most of them children. But climate change is eating into those achievements,” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health. “We have to accelerate our efforts to ensure every person has reliable access to safe drinking water something that is a human right, not a luxury.”

The report provides a comprehensive review of the links between water, health, and development, with actionable recommendations for governments and partners, illustrated by examples of how countries are contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of reaching safely managed drinking water for all by 2030.

“Investing in water and sanitation is critical to health, economic growth, and the environment. Healthier children become healthier adults who then contribute more to the economy and society”, said Saroj Kumar Jha, Director, Global Director, of World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. “This principle is at the core of the World Bank’s Human Capital Project. Governments and the private sector must take critical action now to accelerate inclusive and sustainable water supply and sanitation services in both urban and rural areas.”

To provide universal access to safe drinking water by 2030, governments and partners must dramatically increase political commitment to drinking water and quadruple investments.  The report provides comprehensive recommendations to enact sustainable improvements that address infrastructure, governance, finance, capacity development, data and information, and innovation, even with limited budgets.

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Overarching recommendations include:

  • Strengthen existing institutions by filling gaps, facilitating coordination, establishing a regulatory environment supported by legislation and standards for service quality, and ensuring enforcement.
  • Increase funding from all sources dramatically, with water service providers improving efficiency and performance, and governments providing a stable and transparent administrative, regulatory, and policy environment.
  • Build capacity within the water sector by developing a capable and motivated workforce through a range of capacity-development approaches based on innovation and collaboration.
  • Ensure relevant data and information are available to better understand inequalities in drinking water services and make evidence-based decisions.
  • Encourage innovation and experimentation through supportive government policy and regulation, accompanied by rigorous monitoring and evaluation.

“No child should be faced with the choice of drinking dirty water – a leading killer of children – or making dangerous journeys to collect water and missing out on school,” said Aidan Cronin, UNICEF Interim Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and Climate, Environment, Energy, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CEED). “Accessible and reliable safe drinking water is fundamental to ensuring children are healthy, educated, and thriving.”

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Rejoice the NCF for foundational years is here!

ECA-APER is organizing its first workshop cum discussion on the NCF on the 12th of November in Mumbai.

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One of the lacunas in our early childhood education programs, both at the government and private level was the lack of a proper curriculum and framework for early years. We have ratified the UN convention of rights for children, in which ECE is a goal and commitment but yet we had never invested enough or committed to a proper curriculum and assessment that is developmentally appropriate.

That is why it is time to rejoice that the NCF is here, it’s not time to crib or lament that it is 75 years late!

This NCF is different from all other previous attempts in the following manner-

  1. Look at any document’s glossary of terms and one can understand the robustness of the document. Terms like curricular goals, competency, decoding, developmental delays, developmental goals, domains of development, emotional intelligence, encoding, experiential learning, integrated learning, holistic progress card, inclusion, multilingualism, spatial skills, subitizing, whole language approach, mapping competencies – all these inform us that the document is not just a vision but shows the pathway, the tools, and the training to achieve the goals set by the NEP-2020
  2. A lacuna that still exists in our country is the lack of a structured common ECE teacher training program that can be commonly implemented for all states and government and private schools alike- like we have the B.Ed. program. But this framework works as a teacher training and teacher guidance tool that will become the guru, mentor, and teacher for all ECE teachers.
  3. Parents can use this document to judge the quality of early childhood education programs before they enroll their children. Now parents can interview the school on areas of the NCF instead of the schools interviewing the child!
  4. Indian Pioneers like Gijubhai Badheka, Tarabai Modak, Anutai Wagh, and Gandhi are acknowledged in this document and so are global pioneers like Rousseau, Froebel, Dewey, Montessori Jerome Bruner, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bronfenbrenner, all are covered.

Overall I would give 10 out of 10 to this 360-page NCF as it scores heavily on research, the vastness of areas covered, and a great combination of curriculum, assessment, and teacher training. Easy reading, clear explanations, clearly mapped to the NIPUN document, and a much necessary connection to the James Heckman theory on return on investment in ECE.

ECA-APER is organizing its first workshop cum discussion on the NCF on the 12th of November in Mumbai, and later on in other cities too. For more details log on to

 www.eca-aper.org

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10 useful infographics for teachers

Teachers can use infographics to teach their students about any topic, in any subject. Here is a curation of 10 useful infographics for teachers.

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Infographics are visual tools that break down complex information by using charts, graphs, pictures, diagrams, statistics, and data.

Teachers can use infographics to teach their students about any topic, in any subject.

  1. Infographics are ideal for highlighting key events throughout a historical period.
  2. Adding graphics and short text explanations makes statistics easier to understand and remember.
  3. An infographic can educate your audience about an important issue while teaching them how and why to take action.
  4. Infographics can be great tools to help people think creatively and learn new ways to apply their skills and knowledge to tasks.
  5. Infographics can teach your audience how to complete a complex procedure.
  6. Infographics can help your audience learn more about an event.
  7. Infographics are a good mechanism to approach differently-abled children with special needs.

Here is a curation of 10 useful infographics for teachers which will help them with their lesson planning, professional development, and classroom management.

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Online presentation tools for the classroom

In this article, we feature 5 of the best free tools teachers can use to create awesome slideshows and presentations.

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Once upon a time, presentations meant PowerPoint. And using PowerPoint meant excellent presentation skills, creativity, and maybe some designing skills.

These cool tools will be of great help to the teacher with minimal demands.

Canva

Educators can use Canva’s web-based tool to design stunning visuals and presentations that will engage their students. Canva contains hundreds of beautifully designed layouts to create presentations, social media creatives, videos, printables, and handouts on any topic. Making an interesting presentation is as simple as choosing the perfect images (over 1 million stock images are available), fonts, and colours. Check out Canva’s Design School for more inspiration.

Emaze

Emaze makes it easy for teachers to create fun, interactive lessons that keep their students “zoomed in”. With Emaze’s out-of-the-box templates, even teachers without technology background can build lessons that combine video, sound, and text.

Google Slides

Using Google Slides, educators can create, edit and present wherever and whenever they need. This free tool from Google contains a variety of presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations, and more. It gives the teacher the ability to access, create, and edit presentations on the go — from a phone, tablet, or computer — even when there’s no connection.

Keynote
(Apple devices only)

Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations and comes included with most Apple devices. A simple, intuitive interface puts important tools front and center, so you can easily add beautiful charts, edit photos and incorporate cinematic effects.

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SlideDog

SlideDog is a multimedia presentation tool that lets you combine PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, Prezi presentations, movie clips, web pages, and more into one innovative, seamless viewing and audience interaction experience.

Do Let us know your favourite online presentation tool and mention any tool you think needs to be on this list and isn’t there.

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Becoming a 21st Century Teacher!!!

How do you teach? Should today’s students learn the same way their teachers did?

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Step back and look at the days gone by… your own days. What were the skills we needed to survive 20 years ago?

How do you teach? Should today’s students learn the same way their teachers did?

If we teach today as we were taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.

John Dewey

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs to survive and succeed in today’s world?

What abilities and traits will serve them in a time that’s changing and developing so rapidly?

Let us think about how our world has changed in education.

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Twenty-two years ago, when I was in school, all I remember are my teachers. Not the content, not the pedagogy, not the methodology. Not even the tests they gave or the marks I scored. My fondest memories as a school-going child are those of my friends and teachers. The bonds we forged, the memories we made, the connections we built, and the impact created. ‘Marks are but numbers’ is what I have learned over the years as a student-turned-teacher. What matters most now are skills, demeanour, resilience, and the zeal to do something. The ignited passion and the kindled flame go a longer way than report cards. We hear a lot about how important it is for today’s students to develop their 21st-century skills, in addition to what is often referred to as the basics. These are the skills, dispositions, and attitudes that our students will need to thrive in their future lives of work and play and will have global acceptance at the same time.

But all of this does not come on its own. A lot of it depends on the teachers. Since times immemorial we have witnessed the teacher creating an indelible impression on the learner’s mind, not through the content knowledge but through the connection with the child. Gone are the days when education depended on textbooks, green board & chalk, and report cards. Marks matter but more importantly the attitude towards learning and the desire to create, innovate and collaborate mark the 21st Century traits of a teacher and a learner. Earlier, teachers taught the subject but a 21st-century teacher needs to teach the student.

CHARACTERISTICS OF 21ST CENTURY TEACHER

  • Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions
  • Committed to students and their learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Learn New Technologies
  • Collaborate & Connect
  • Innovate & Keep Learning
  • Think Globally & are tech savvy
  • Develop sensitivity towards cross-cultural differences and diversity
  • Build partnerships and alliances beyond classrooms
  • No child left behind (NCLB)

Learners should be conditioned by their learning to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Inquisitors
  • Communicators
  • Appreciative of diversity
  • Compassionate
  • Courageous
  • Risk-takers
  • Tenacious
  • Reflective
  • Responsible

A good teacher can inspire, hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.

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How do we teach these skills?

  • Make it relevant
  • Teach through the disciplines
  • Develop lower & higher order thinking skills
  • Encourage transfer of learning
  • Teach students to learn to learn
  • Address misunderstandings directly
  • Promote teamwork
  • Exploit technology
  • Foster creativity
  • Provide opportunities
  • Build trust & connect

The 21st Century teacher is the adapter, communicator, learner, visionary, leader, mentor, model, caregiver, collaborator, and risk taker.

Obviously, teaching in the 21st Century is a different phenomenon altogether, especially with the kind of exposure and technological advancement. When thinking about education in the last 25 years, a lot has changed. From textbooks to tablets, from chalk & duster to padlet, from green board to smartboard, from taboos and stigmas to open discussions, from being intimidated and apprehensive to being confident and inquisitive, from being the sage on the stage to the guide by the side, from teacher talk and monologues to active learning & flipped classroom; a lot has evolved.

However, the 21st Century teacher knows that the learner is the most important stakeholder and center of focus and for as long as education revolves around students and their holistic growth, it will never fade out or weaken its value.

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A passionate educator & an enthusiastic public speaker, Dr. Pooja Jain is currently the Head of the English Department at The Assam Valley School, Assam.

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Universalizing Education and Skilling using Metaverse

‘Metaverse’ can be a real-time ecosystem that overcomes the limitations of geographical boundaries to offer services to users.

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Have you played any online games like Caesar, Game of Thrones, Building Farms and trading its food grains, or taken a virtual tour of a city or a new housing project? If your answer is ‘Yes’ or you are aware that such online games or virtual tours exist, then you have already tasted ‘Metaverse’. Further, if you or your child has tried using a VR headset to play games or taken a virtual tour of a museum using AR technology, then too, you have already experienced ‘Metaverse’ at a small scale.

Have you seen the Hollywood movie ‘Avatar’ or SRK’s Bollywood movie ‘Ra.One’? If ‘yes’, then you have experienced a glimpse of ‘Metaverse’ on your TV/mobile already. Further, imagine tomorrow experiencing Google Earth giving you a facility to walk on the roads virtually or you finding a way virtually through Google Maps. Imagine you buying a house property in Metaverse and also being able to sell it for money. This can be possible in near future.

The ‘pandemic’ has given us the importance of connecting the physical world, virtually. Without internet penetration and smartphone technology enhancements important services like education, jobs, and banking would have come to halt during the lockdown, the world over. ‘Metaverse’ is one such need of the future.

What is ‘Metaverse’?

‘Metaverse’ refers to a three-dimensional (3D) virtual world combining aspects of online gaming, social media, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and devices like haptic gears (VR-based suits, gloves, headsets) to create an extended reality (XR), where users can use their senses, body motions and interact virtually and experience the immersive, life-like 3D world. Integration of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and the Internet of Things (IoT) can facilitate functions of limitless interactions and seamless integrations of data.

‘Metaverse’ is currently in a nascent stage, which will bring in a highly immersive user experience beyond the current two-dimensional browsing and socializing experience. ‘Metaverse’ can be a real-time ecosystem that overcomes the limitations of geographical boundaries to offer services to users. ‘Metaverse’ can make you create a digital version of yourself and it can be in the form of an ‘Avatar’ profile. The physical world can be mirrored in the ‘Metaverse’.

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According to a recent Citi report, Metaverse could generate up to $13 trillion in value for businesses around the world by 2030.

‘Metaverse’ in Education and Skilling?

‘Metaverse’ can be the next evolution of EdTech—from the use of conventional teaching aids to using AR/XR for a never experienced engaging experience.

Imagine you or a student swimming through the sea and playing with fish sitting in a living room or a student going on a field trip in a factory/farm or taking a walk on the moon without leaving the study desk. Imagine students using VR on a virtual field trip to Antarctica to learn about climate change instead of just watching a recorded video. Imagine a history teacher instead of lecturing on the Harappa civilization takes the students to Harappa and Mohenjo Daro virtually through VR tools and devices. Imagine a doctoral student dissecting a frog to learn anatomy or doing a surgical operation on an Avatar and learning surgery. Imagine a 3D virtual classroom where students irrespective of their geographical location can virtually meet and interact with their classmates and teachers.

‘Metaverse’ can also contribute towards skilling and re-skilling the workforce.

A fully immersive experience can help speed up the pace of learning and improve retention of even some complex concepts. The use of technology can also reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining expensive equipment for training purposes.

Imagine a fresh automobile engineer from a tier 2-3 town in India getting a virtual tour of an automobile assembly floor and learn fixing repairs or design a sedan car. Imagine a fresh mechanical engineer getting a walk-through of a manufacturing plant.

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Automobile companies can develop virtual courses on managing manufacturing workflows in factories or FMCG companies training their staff on supply chain management operations. This reduces onboarding costs and also the cost associated with building training centers. Immersive simulations can be done for automotive, electronics, and biomedical engineering, material design, material synthesis, and fine arts.

Education and skilling through ‘Metaverse’ can make learning more engaging, and improve learning outcomes. Universities offering online education programs can enhance their learning deliveries and make students experience real-world challenges through Metaverse.

Challenges?

‘Metaverse’ is believed still to be in the nascent stage (developing), so proven cases are yet to stabilise and replicable.

Some challenges in developing Metaverse are:

  • An effective and strong 5G network will be a prerequisite to developing Metaverse for mass use.
  • Affordability in terms of costs of hardware tools like VR gadgets and goggles. Though the current cost is expensive, improvements in technology will reduce the costs gradually. Users require light and affordable AR/VR devices and fully immersive content of the highest quality.
  • Software and hardware investment costs for institutions and corporate for imparting education and training would be initially on a higher level.
  • The cost of learning for students and workers will be high initially.
  • Cyber security
  • Addiction and Mental Health of users
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Digital Payments
  • Law and Jurisdiction
  • Lack of Tech experts

Career Opportunities:

Since ‘Metaverse’ will be a next-gen technology platform, there will be a growing need for tech experts who can develop, build, operate and maintain it. There will be a growing need for tech experts like Developers, Programmers, Coders, Game developers, VR developers, 3D tech experts, AR experts, AI experts, ML experts, Blockchain experts, IoT experts, cyber security experts, and hardware engineers.

‘Metaverse’ can be the future to impart close-to-life education and training, without physical intervention. Companies and educational institutions need to invest in building a ‘Metaverse’ for their workforce capability enhancement and young student training, respectively.

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How can Schools benefit from Digital Certificates and Badges?

Digital Certificates and Badges have the capacity to make a huge difference in a student’s performance and career choices.

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Teacher Recognition

Teachers undeniably play a critical role in the life of every student, which is why teachers need to be acknowledged. Recognizing teachers with digital certificates and badges shows that teachers are valued. Every teacher has a unique way of interacting with students and teaching methodology. Teachers need to be admired when they give extra assignments to students, remain open to questions from the students, use creative teaching techniques and motivate their students in more promising ways. Appreciating teachers who take extraordinary measures encourages others to improvise and perform better. 

Moreover, sharing the badges and certificates earned by teachers on the school’s social media channels, can act as a powerful force for many students and parents seeking information about the teachers. In the end, intrinsic/extrinsic rewards to individuals, whether students or teachers, are essential to motivate them to do better.

School Branding

Certificates are a fantastic way to advertise your school to parents, teachers, and students. A beautiful certificate with your brand on it has significant marketing power.  Brand recognition is crucial since most parents prefer to choose schools for their kids that they are already acquainted with. When paired with good feedback, brand awareness boosts the likelihood that the parents will recommend your school to others. Schools that don’t prioritize increasing brand recognition may find it difficult to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Using digital credentials is a terrific method to increase brand recognition. Digital credentials should be developed in accordance with the brand style requirements, including colors, graphics, typography, and layout, to boost brand recognition through consistent branding. Digital credentials are meant to be shared, so encouraging your recipients, viz. For teachers and students, publishing their awards online is a great way to build brand recognition as well as authority.

ValidateMe.Online provides numerous features to help you build your school’s brand. Let’s look at two of them to help you understand better.  

  • Social Media Sharing

Digital certificates are a perfect marketing tool to help you broaden your audience and improve traffic on social networks by their shareability. When a recipient shares a certificate, it constitutes a form of legitimate marketing. Utilizing the beneficiaries’ networks whether it’s a parent, teacher, or student, schools can increase the exposure of the brand, their credibility, and their programmes through sharing and endorsements. Recipients who divulge their credentials to their networks naturally become brand champions and influencers. This is a powerful method for boosting brand recognition since the links in the recipient’s social network frequently have connections to the organization’s target market. 

  • Certificate Analytics

ValidateMe.Online offers analytics to monitor all KPIs, including social media shares, PDF downloads, and certificate views. A marketing dashboard provides you with information on referrals, and brand recognition that your certifications and badges are producing for your online courses.

 ValidateMe.Online can provide you with information such as the number of times your digital certificates have been viewed and the number of click-throughs that have been made to your website. Integrating these analytics with other marketing analytics tools like Google Analytics can also help you estimate the value that the referrals are generating through each social media channel.

Streamline Administrative Efforts

With ValidateMe.Online, issuing Digital Credentials like mark sheets, report cards, student transfer documents, etc can be accomplished in bulk and with just a few clicks.

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  • Verification 

Immense administrative effort goes into creating, managing, and distributing these documents, and a bigger effort goes into re-issuing them in case they are lost or in verifying them. ValidateMe.Online enables issuing these in a single click,  and the verification load is reduced to zero, especially when transferring a student and future admissions. The third party can simply visit the school’s website and self-validate the documents using the verification widget.

  • Template Library

Schools may generate certificates for the students using the built-in certificate builder. ValidateMe.Online offers a diverse range of free, ready-made templates for certificates and badges. The creation of digital certificates is made convenient by the certificate-create-and-sign API, which can automatically generate and deliver secure certificates to your event attendees directly. No need to spend time on hiring a designer and designing and printing certificates. Anyone can pick and choose certificates from the vast template library and add elements like organization logo, and watermark, among others.

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