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National Sports Day: Praveen Raju on Training PV Sindhu, Designing a Curriculum For Pandemic & Importance of Physical Activity

I have been a sports lover all my life. I played Snooker at the national level and Badminton at the university level. In those days, the pressure on academics was so much that I did not get to pursue the sports I loved so much.

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We started construction of Suchitra Badminton Academy in 2015 and inaugurated the 13,000 sq. ft facility with 7 courts on November 1st, 2016. To augment the school’s facilities, I thought we should build a state-of-the-art indoor multi-purpose hall. A few months before the inauguration, I got the idea that we should start a world-class badminton centre for professional athletes before and after school hours. We decided to go ahead and to support this, we started a high-performance strength and conditioning centre, hired two Indonesian coaches, two local coaches and two physios to start the academy.

Within six months, we were able to attract arguably the greatest female athlete of India, PV Sindhu, to come and do her strength and conditioning at Suchitra. We took on Sindhu 46 days before the 2017 World Championship in which she lost an epic battle with Nozomi Okuhara in the finals. The game lasted for 110 minutes and as Mr. Prakash Padukone rightly put it, “I would personally consider this as the best ever performance by an Indian sportsperson of either gender in the history of India sport.” Sindhu and her father, Arjuna awardee Mr. PV Ramana, were convinced that her physical fitness is the reason for her on-court endurance and decided to continue training at Suchitra. We have been training her for three years now. We help her in her on-court corrections, strategy, video analysis and recovery. Our trainer also routinely travels with her for various tournaments abroad. She travels 60 km each way every day to come to Suchitra. We take pride in shaping India’s only Badminton World Champion and world record holder for winning the most number of World Championship medals.

We are India’s first sports school for badminton and a Khelo India centre with over 120 athletes and proud to help out many athletes in the top 1-20 in India. We have 15 coaches, 5 strength and conditioning specialists and 3 physiotherapists. Our athletes benefit from our sand training, step training, uphill training, ice bath, dry needling and cup therapy facilities. We train athletes from 20 states across India and we have players routinely coming from USA, Germany, UK, Thailand and Belgium.

I have been a sports lover all my life. I played Snooker at the national level and Badminton at the university level. In those days, the pressure on academics was so much that I did not get to pursue the sports I loved so much. Today, it gives me great pleasure to see our athletes perform at the highest level and the satisfaction that I get is immense.

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During this difficult time, we have taken the help of some of our trainers to design a sports curriculum for children during the pandemic. The curriculum covers all the aspects of our prescribed outcomes and it is a full-body workout using body weight and readily available materials at home.

The positive impact of sport stretches is far beyond the physical. Exercise and sporting activity can have significant knock-on effects on other areas of a child’s academic performance. Sports help in staying healthy, being disciplined, building team-work skills, and developing leadership skills and also, staves off depression. In today’s world, the pressure of academics, lack of physical activity and the time children spend on devices is seeding the greatest pandemic that we would be seeing in our lifetime. It is estimated that by 2030, depression would be a leading cause of death in the world. One way to address it is by making sure children are involved in some sort of at least three times a week.

In my view, schools who have good infrastructure should open up their facilities to children either recreationally or professionally. After all, day schools use their facilities for 200 days a year and only for six hours! If all of us do so, India’s problem of a lack of sports facilities can be tackled overnight. The government and the boards should mandate this. The Government of India started accrediting schools with a Fit India 3 and 5-star ratings. One of the criteria to be selected as a Fit India 5-star school is to open the school’s facility to the local community. This is a welcome move. Children’s health is our nation’s wealth.

About the author

Praveen Raju is the founder of Suchitra Academy. He holds India #7 position in the Under 21 snooker championship and represented Osmania University in Badminton.

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Ivy Pressure Unveiled- The Need to Look Beyond the Ivy Gates

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In the heart of Prestise Valley School, nestled in a bustling city that prided itself on academic excellence, the story of Shanaya  unfolded—a narrative steeped in ambition, aspiration, and the unspoken realities of chasing Ivy League dreams.

Shanaya , with her keen mind and boundless ambition, had always been the emblem of Prestise Valley’s pursuit of academic supremacy. Encouraged by a system that equated success with admission to the world’s most esteemed universities, she became the embodiment of her school’s aspirations. The corridors buzzed with talks of her future, painting her as the next prodigy destined for Ivy League glory.

As the acceptance letter from an illustrious Ivy League college arrived, it was not just a personal victory for Shanaya  but a badge of honour for Prestise Valley. Yet, beneath the veneer of celebration, lay an overlooked truth—while Shanaya  was prepared to compete for her place among the elites, she was unprepared for the reality that awaited her beyond the hallowed halls of her dream college.

Embarking on her journey with pride and anticipation, Shanaya  soon encountered the stark disparity between being academically eligible and being holistically prepared. Surrounded by peers who were not only academically gifted but also equipped with a wealth of practical skills and worldly insights, she felt increasingly out of her depth. The rigorous curriculum, coupled with the expectations to excel in extracurricular arenas, highlighted the gaps in her preparation. Skills that should have been nurtured alongside academic pursuits—critical thinking, adaptability, and emotional resilience—were conspicuously absent.

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The realisation dawned upon Shanaya  that the race to the Ivy gates had overlooked the essence of true education. Her school’s relentless focus on prestigious admissions had neglected the foundational aspects that would enable her to thrive in such a competitive environment. With a heavy heart, Shanaya  made the difficult decision to return home, facing not just the personal disappointment of unfulfilled potential but also the weight of collective expectations.

Her return was met with a silence that spoke volumes, a stark contrast to the fanfare that had heralded her departure. In the quietude of introspection, Shanaya  pondered the lessons learned—not from textbooks, but from life. She resolved to chart a new path, one that balanced academic aspirations with the development of a versatile skill set and a resilient spirit.

Shanaya ‘s story, a mirror to countless young minds navigating the pressures of Ivy League aspirations, serves as a poignant reminder of the need for a holistic approach to education. It challenges the prevailing narrative, urging a shift from the singular goal of elite college admissions to fostering well-rounded individuals capable of navigating the complexities of the global stage.

As we explore the stories behind #IvyPressureUnveiled, how might we reconsider the essence of education—not merely as a race to the pinnacle but as a pathway of growth, discovery, and genuine readiness for life beyond the Ivy gates?

To read more on such trends that need to be called out and #un-trended, head to the April issue of our magazine here

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Unsupervised Explorations: Rethinking Student Trips

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In a tale of youthful exuberance and unforeseen peril, six students from Class 12 embarked on a journey to Goa, a rite of passage celebrated by many as a final hurrah before stepping into adulthood. With permission from their parents, who were perhaps too trusting or caught up in their own lives, the group set out with excitement pulsing through their veins. Upon landing, they were greeted not just by the balmy Goan air but by three massive SUVs, reserved for their adventure—a promise of freedom and the thrill of the open road.

Their accommodation was a sprawling villa, costing a small fortune at 70,000 INR per night, equipped with private pools and luxuriously appointed rooms. It was a palace for kings and queens of the night, a haven for six souls intertwined in the throes of adolescence. Three rooms for three couples, the arrangements were a testament to their intentions, seeking privacy and moments of unchecked passion under the guise of a holiday.

As the days unfolded, the allure of Goa’s vibrant nightlife beckoned. The students, drawn to the magnetic pull of music and dance, found themselves in the heart of the party scene, clubbing into the early hours. It was here, amidst the revelry, that they encountered individuals with sinister motives—drug peddlers who saw not just customers but vulnerable targets in these wide-eyed teenagers.

Swept up in a desire to appear worldly and sophisticated, the group made a decision that would pivot their holiday from a dream to a nightmare. They purchased drugs, a choice made without foresight or understanding of the consequences. Their naivety became their downfall when the police, vigilant and unyielding, caught them in possession of these illegal substances.

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The aftermath was swift and severe. The teenagers, underage and unprepared for the legal ramifications, were thrust into the cold reality of juvenile custody. Their parents, irrespective of their affluence, were faced with a situation no amount of money could easily resolve. Frantic and fearful, they did everything within their power to secure their children’s release, confronted with the harsh truth of their offspring’s actions.

This story, inspired by real events, serves as a stark reminder of the dangers lurking behind the facade of freedom and the allure of adulthood. It raises pressing questions about the role of guardianship and parental oversight in the lives of teenagers standing on the precipice of adulthood.

Could this grave misstep have been avoided had there been a local guardian present, a guiding light in unfamiliar territory? Would a more vigilant approach from the parents, a pause to question and understand, have rewritten the story’s conclusion? This incident forces us to confront the reality of our responsibilities towards our youth—not just to grant them freedom but to equip them with the wisdom to navigate it. As we ponder the delicate balance between trust and caution, we must ask ourselves: At what cost does freedom come, and are we doing enough to ensure that the journey into independence does not lead to a fall from grace?

To read more on such trends that need to be called out and #un-trended, head to the April issue of our magazine here

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Mapping Green Careers: Guiding Students Towards Sustainable Job Opportunities

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In the wake of escalating environmental concerns and the global push towards sustainability, the demand for green careers is surging. This World Health Day, celebrated on 22 April, 2024, let us understand these careers that not only aim to protect and preserve our planet but also offer promising economic prospects. Indian educational institutions, recognising the burgeoning sector of environmental jobs, are increasingly gearing their curricula and guidance services to help students navigate this new green economy.

Understanding Green Careers

Green careers encompass a broad spectrum of industries and sectors that aim to reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability. From renewable energy and sustainable agriculture to environmental policy and green architecture, the opportunities are vast and varied. These careers are crucial in addressing the challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion, and ecological degradation.

The Role of Schools in Promoting Green Careers

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Schools play a pivotal role in shaping the career choices of students. By integrating environmental education and sustainability into their curricula, schools can expose students to the importance and viability of green careers. This can be achieved through several strategic initiatives:

  1. Curriculum Integration: Incorporating topics on sustainability, environmental science, and eco-friendly technologies within the STEM subjects can provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary for pursuing careers in these fields.
  2. Career Counselling: Schools can offer specialised counselling sessions that inform students about various green careers. These sessions can include information on the requisite educational paths, potential job markets, and long-term benefits of working in eco-conscious sectors.
  3. Industry Partnerships: Collaborations with companies and organisations in the sustainability sector can offer students real-world exposure through internships, workshops, and guest lectures. These experiences are invaluable in helping students make informed decisions about their future careers.
  4. Project-Based Learning: Encouraging students to undertake projects that solve real environmental issues can spark interest in green careers. These projects not only enhance learning but also instil a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

The Indian Job Market Prospects 

In India, the renewable energy sector is a significant employer, with the country aiming to reach a renewable energy capacity of 450 GW by 2030. Careers in solar panel installation, wind energy engineering, and sustainability consultancy are on the rise. Moreover, the government’s emphasis on clean technologies and sustainable urban planning is creating numerous opportunities in green architecture and environmental planning.

Global Job Market Trends

Globally, the green job market is expanding rapidly. In Europe, the European Green Deal aims to make the EU’s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas. This initiative is expected to bolster job creation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green transportation sectors.

In the United States, the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) industry is driving demand for jobs ranging from high-tech battery manufacturing to network systems management for EV charging stations. Similarly, the push for green buildings is fuelling a need for professionals skilled in green construction and building information modelling.

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Preparing Students for the Future

By promoting green careers, schools are not only guiding students towards economically viable job paths but are also preparing them to be active participants in the stewardship of the planet. This dual focus on economic growth and environmental sustainability is essential for building a resilient global economy that can address the pressing challenges of our times.

To summarise, as the world increasingly pivots towards sustainability, the role of education in preparing the next generation for green careers becomes more crucial. Schools that embrace this shift not only contribute to the global demand for environmental stewards but also ensure that their students are ready for the future job market—a market that values both the economy and the environment.

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Pricey Presents, Precocious Pressures: The Cost of Gift-Giving to Children

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In the intricate fabric of contemporary society, entwined with the threads of status and materialism, the ritual of gift-giving to young children has morphed into a showcase of wealth and social stature. This tale shines a light on the ripple effect of such extravagance through the eyes of Ayaan’s peers, young souls caught in the whirlwind of competition and comparison.

When Ayaan arrives at school with sneakers worth 80k or brandishes the latest iPhone as casually as a textbook, it’s not just a display of wealth; it becomes a benchmark, setting aflame a cycle of envy and desire among his classmates. The children, innocent in their yearnings, unknowingly step onto a treadmill of materialistic pursuit, urging their parents towards the edge of financial prudence in a bid to not fall behind.

The spectacle reaches its zenith when Ayaan, in a display of unparalleled opulence, gifts iPods as return gifts on his birthday. An act, while grand, sends shockwaves through his circle, planting seeds of expectation and entitlement in young hearts. Parents, caught between nurturing happiness and teaching value, find themselves navigating a treacherous path of societal pressure and fiscal responsibility.

As each child in Ayaan’s orbit feels compelled to mirror his lavish lifestyle, the essence of childhood camaraderie is shadowed by the looming spectre of materialism. Friendships, once untainted by the world’s complexities, now bear the weight of economic disparity. The playground becomes a silent witness to conversations not of games and dreams, but of gadgets and brands, a testament to a culture veering away from the innocence of youth.

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The impact extends beyond the tangible, chipping away at the pillars of equality and mutual respect. As peers vie to outdo each other in a race fuelled by parental indulgence, the divide widens not just in their possessions but in their perceptions of self-worth and success. The classroom, a microcosm of society, reflects a disturbing trend of measuring one’s value through the lens of ownership and extravagance.

This narrative, while centred on Ayaan and his affluent displays, casts a spotlight on the broader societal implications of such gift-giving practices. It prompts a critical examination of the values we impart to our children and the world we aspire to create for them. As we navigate this maze of materialism and the stories of Ayaan and his peers unfold, they serve as a mirror to our collective conscience, urging us to reconsider the legacy we wish to leave behind. The question that beckons us to reflect is profound: Are we raising a generation that values possessions over people, status over substance?

To read more on such trends that need to be called out and #un-trended, head to the April issue of our magazine here

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Young Birders’ Workshop Opens Registration for Children Aged 10-13 Years

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Early Bird, a not-for-profit initiative by the Nature Conservation Foundation, has announced the launch of an online birdwatching workshop tailored specifically for young enthusiasts aged 10-13 years. As birdwatching gains popularity across India, Early Bird aims to deepen young birders’ understanding of their natural surroundings, beyond merely ticking off bird names from their lists.

Set to commence during the summer holidays, this 4-week intensive programme will explore various themes through online sessions that combine multimedia, guided interactions, and lively discussions. These weekly live sessions will be held on consecutive weekends, each supplemented by an illustrated activity sheet that encourages participants to engage with and observe the green spaces around their homes.

The workshop is designed not only to educate but also to foster a deeper appreciation and awareness among children of the ecosystems they inhabit. “The workshop has changed our lives so much. We have found around 30 bird varieties around our house which we were completely unaware of,” shared Rupinder Kaur, a parent of a participant from previous workshops.

“My son never journaled or made notes. Now, he has started noticing everything when we go out to walk and wants to carry his journal. He has always hated writing but now carries his book and pencil and is ready to make notes. This workshop has made a difference to the way he looks at things. Quite enlightening. Has a lot to ask and share.“ said another participant’s parent.

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While the workshop itself is free to attend, there is a nominal fee of Rs. 800 for materials, ensuring that all participants have access to the necessary resources to fully benefit from the experience.

Registrations for the workshop are now open and can be accessed through the link provided here. This initiative aims to be an enlightening experience, allowing young minds to discover and connect with the biodiversity that exists right in their backyards.

Early Bird continues to dedicate itself to bringing children closer to nature through educational content, training educators, and direct outreach, fostering a new generation that values and conserves our natural world.

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The Role of Marketing in Education: Navigating the New Educational Landscape

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In an increasingly competitive and interconnected world, the concept of marketing, once synonymous with businesses and industries, has found its place within the realm of education. As educational institutions vie for attention amidst a cacophony of voices, the need for strategic marketing and public relations (PR) efforts has become paramount. While the moral implications of marketing in education may spark debate, there is a compelling argument for incorporating marketing concepts into the educational curriculum, equipping students, teachers, and parents with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in an ever-evolving educational landscape.

Gone are the days when educational institutions relied solely on their academic prowess to attract students. In today’s digital age, where information is abundant and attention spans are fleeting, the ability to cut through the noise and communicate effectively has become a prerequisite for success. From crafting compelling brand narratives to leveraging social media platforms, educational institutions are embracing marketing strategies to enhance their visibility and appeal to prospective students and stakeholders.

However, the incorporation of marketing into the educational sector extends beyond mere promotional efforts. At its core, marketing is about understanding the needs and preferences of your target audience and delivering value accordingly. By teaching marketing concepts to students, educators empower them with critical thinking skills and an understanding of consumer behaviour, enabling them to navigate the complex marketplace of ideas and opportunities.

Moreover, marketing education goes beyond the classroom, extending its reach to teachers and parents alike. Educators, tasked with shaping the minds of future generations, can benefit from an understanding of marketing principles to engage students more effectively and create meaningful learning experiences. Similarly, parents, as key stakeholders in their children’s education, can make more informed decisions about school choice and educational resources by understanding the marketing strategies employed by educational institutions.

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Critics may argue that the commodification of education undermines its intrinsic value and fosters a culture of competition at the expense of collaboration. While these concerns are valid, it is essential to recognize that marketing, when approached ethically and responsibly, can serve as a powerful tool for positive change. By promoting transparency, accountability, and accessibility, marketing can help bridge the gap between educational institutions and the communities they serve, fostering a culture of trust and mutual respect.

The integration of marketing concepts into the educational curriculum represents a paradigm shift in how we approach education in the digital age. By equipping students, teachers, and parents with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of the modern educational landscape, we empower them to make informed decisions and drive meaningful change. As we embrace the potential of marketing in education, let us remain mindful of its ethical implications and strive to harness its power for the greater good.

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From Overwhelmed to Empowered: Strengthening Educator Skills for Success

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In the corridors of any classroom, teachers stand as pillars of guidance, tasked not only with imparting knowledge but also with nurturing the holistic development of their students. However, the onerous burden of managing a multitude of responsibilities within resource-constrained environments poses a formidable challenge, underscoring the urgent need for enhanced teacher training programmes.

At the heart of this challenge lies the staggering class sizes prevalent in Indian schools. With classrooms often overflowing with 35 or more students, the task of catering to diverse learning needs while maintaining order can seem insurmountable. Effective classroom management techniques, tailored to accommodate large cohorts, are essential for fostering a conducive learning environment and mitigating stress for both teachers and students.

Moreover, the complexity of the modern educational landscape necessitates a multifaceted approach to teaching. From addressing academic gaps to promoting socio-emotional well-being, educators are expected to wear multiple hats, often without adequate training or support. Enhanced teacher training programmes must equip educators with the pedagogical tools and strategies necessary to navigate this intricate web of responsibilities effectively.

Central to the need for better teacher training is the imperative of managing workload and stress. The relentless demands of completing the curriculum, crafting assessments, and addressing administrative tasks can take a toll on educators’ mental health and overall well-being. By providing teachers with comprehensive training in stress management techniques, time management strategies, and self-care practices, we can empower them to strike a balance between professional duties and personal wellness.

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Addressing the point of the topics that should be touched upon, these teacher training programmes must encompass modules on effective assessment practices and differentiated instruction. By equipping educators with the skills to design assessments that cater to diverse learning styles and abilities, we can ensure that every student receives the support they need to thrive academically. Similarly, training in differentiated instruction enables teachers to tailor their teaching methods to meet the individual needs of each student, fostering a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.

In addition to addressing immediate challenges, enhanced teacher training programmes must also focus on future-oriented skills and competencies. With rapid advancements in technology and pedagogy, educators must be prepared to adapt to changing educational landscapes and embrace innovative teaching methodologies. By providing training in digital literacy, collaborative learning, and project-based instruction, we can empower teachers to harness the potential of emerging technologies and create engaging learning experiences for their students.

Ultimately, the need for better teacher training is not merely a matter of professional development; it is a moral imperative. By investing in the growth and well-being of educators, we invest in the future of our nation. Because one teacher’s well-being will lead to the well being of those 35 other kids in a classroom.

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Nurturing Healthy Behaviors: The Role of Schools in Shaping Health-Conscious Citizens

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In the landscape of education, schools play a pivotal role far beyond the realms of academic learning; they are instrumental in moulding the future of our society by nurturing health-conscious citizens. This World Health Day, as we embrace the theme ‘My health, my right’, it’s crucial to spotlight the impact of school programs and policies in fostering healthy lifestyle choices among students. This endeavour not only aligns with students’ rights to education about health but also paves the way for a healthier, more informed generation.

In India, where diverse cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses often dictate one’s access to health education and resources, schools have a unique opportunity to bridge these gaps. The Midday Meal Scheme, one of the largest school nutrition programs globally, serves as a sterling example. By providing nutritious meals to children in government and government-aided schools, it aims not just to combat hunger but to promote nutritional education and healthy eating habits among young learners. This initiative directly impacts the health and educational outcomes of approximately 115 million children across the country, showcasing the powerful role schools can play in shaping health-conscious behaviours.

Furthermore, the Government of India’s Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program emphasizes the importance of adolescent health, targeting the 253 million adolescents in the country. RKSK aims to integrate health education into schools, covering critical areas such as nutrition, mental health, and substance misuse, thereby ensuring that young individuals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed health decisions.

However, the journey doesn’t end with national programs. Individual schools across India are taking innovative steps to encourage healthy behaviours. For instance, several institutions have introduced yoga and meditation into their daily routines, recognizing the importance of mental well-being alongside physical health. These practices not only improve students’ concentration and stress management skills but also instill a lifelong appreciation for holistic health practices.

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Moreover, environmental health has become a growing concern, with schools incorporating lessons on sustainability and the importance of preserving our planet for future generations. Initiatives like setting up organic gardens, recycling projects, and awareness campaigns on water conservation are becoming increasingly common, fostering an eco-conscious mindset among students.

Despite these strides, challenges remain. Access to quality health education and resources is not uniform across India’s vast and varied landscape, with rural and underprivileged communities often at a disadvantage. Addressing these disparities requires concerted efforts from policymakers, educators, and communities to ensure that every child, irrespective of their background, has the right to health education and the opportunity to grow into a health-conscious citizen.

As we observe World Health Day, it’s clear that schools are much more than places of academic pursuit. They are crucial battlegrounds in the fight for a healthier future, where informed, conscious choices are not just encouraged but ingrained. By continuing to develop and implement comprehensive health education programs, schools can truly honor the theme ‘My health, my right’, turning it from a vision into a reality for every student across India.

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Sharing the spotlight: When parent and child take board exams together

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Board examinations are a kind of pressure cooker that often isolates kids and forces them to fight anxiety and expectations on their own. But picture yourself starting this important journey with your own parents, both of you aiming for academic success. This unconventional path, where parent and child become fellow students, unfolds a captivating narrative of shared aspirations, mutual support, and an inspiring exchange of motivation.

A Symphony of Support: Parent and Child, Hand in Hand

Consider the board exam season as a collaborative experience rather than a solo battle. For families in which both parents and children assume the risk together, that is the truth. A potent synergy is unlocked by this singular situation: unshakeable inspiration and reciprocal motivation. When a parent sees their child’s burning ambition, their own hidden aspirations are reawakened. Because of their common experience, they are able to provide advice based on practical knowledge, and the child’s enthusiasm turns into a motivating factor that others find infectious. In response, the child gets much encouragement. The parent becomes a study buddy, a champion in their corner, and a living testament to the fact that learning knows no age limit. This fosters a safe space for vulnerability, where anxieties are shared and triumphs celebrated with genuine empathy.

There are some people who serve as inspiration. Together, they disprove limiting notions and demonstrate that ambition has no boundaries. Their story becomes a beacon for others, inspiring them to follow their dreams and cherish lifelong learning regardless of age. This collaborative effort is about more than just grades; it’s a symphony of a support system where motivation becomes a team effort and rewards are shared. Their achievement is evidence of the transforming power of familial relationships, as they take center stage not as rivals but as comrades. Their tale will have an impact well beyond the exam room, encouraging others to start their own educational and personal development journeys alongside the people they care about.

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Shared Spotlight, Separate Journeys: Finding Balance

Although there is no denying the advantages of parent-child board exam experiences, managing shared stress calls for skill. However, managing personal aspirations and expectations can be challenging. Children may feel that their own goals are overshadowed by comparisons, and parents may find it difficult to avoid them. Keeping distinct identities becomes essential.

Practicing healthy boundaries enables success. Create dedicated study spaces, cultivate individual interests, and prioritize open communication. Recall that you are allies, not competitors. Respect each other’s unique paths and celebrate accomplishments. Growth is the focus of our shared journey, not grades, and it can only be achieved by respecting each other’s unique personalities.

The Rewards of a Joint Journey

Teenagers are frequently isolated on the board exam battlefield, forced to deal with challenges on their own. But imagine overcoming this obstacle with your parent by your side, experiencing triumphs and setbacks together. This collaborative approach opens up a wealth of benefits that go beyond personal accomplishments.

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Each win becomes a collective celebration, etched in memory as a testament to shared effort. High fives after acing mocks, celebratory dinners after stellar results – these moments weave a tapestry of familial joy. On the other hand, failures present chances for mutual empathy. Late-night chats of support following a challenging test, words of encouragement following a low score—these mutual setbacks strengthen the network and create a lasting connection.

More than just academic results, this journey deepens family connections. Study sessions that last into the night become personal discussions that promote trust and open communication. Together, overcome obstacles strengthen the base of compassion and understanding, fostering an environment that is secure for open communication and vulnerability. This improved communication goes beyond the board exam experience and becomes an important life skill.

Ultimately, this shared endeavor is about more than just academics—it’s about creating lasting experiences, strengthening bonds, and promoting deeper dialogue. It’s a journey that makes an enduring imprint, a constant reminder that group accomplishments and the transforming power of support can result in bigger rewards than individual ones.

A Story Beyond Exams:

This is ultimately a story not just of exams and scores, but of a shared adventure in learning, growth, and unwavering support. It is proof of the power of inspiration and motivation, demonstrating that no matter our age or situation, we can reach our goals as long as we walk hand in hand with the people we love. Together, their spotlight emphasizes their personal journeys, the transformative power of familial bonds, and the limitless opportunities that present themselves when we choose to develop, learn, and dream together.

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Authored By:
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The Potential of an Entrepreneurial Development Programme for Primary School Students

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Educators will find great value in discovering the potential of an Entrepreneurial Development Programme tailored for primary-grade students. Such a program aims to equip young learners with essential skills, mindset, and knowledge crucial for navigating an ever-evolving world. Participating in an Entrepreneurial Development Programme not only aids primary-grade students in developing life skills but also enhances their academic performance, laying a robust foundation for their future endeavors and personal development. Schools should explore how an entrepreneurial development programme can transform and help students reach their full potential by teaming up with education providers who specialize in this area.

Advantages of Entrepreneurial Development Programme for Young Students

In today’s fast-paced world, traditional educational methods alone may not adequately prepare students for future challenges. Entrepreneurial development programme designed for primary-grade students offer a host of benefits beyond conventional classroom learning.

First and foremost, these programs foster creativity and critical thinking skills in young learners. By presenting real-world problems and encouraging out-of-the-box thinking, such initiatives stimulate imagination and promote innovative problem-solving, thereby enhancing academic performance and imparting valuable skills applicable across various domains of life.

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Furthermore, entrepreneurial development programme cultivates teamwork and collaboration skills essential for success in an interconnected world. Through group activities and projects, students learn effective communication, collaboration, and leveraging each other’s strengths, crucial not only for academic achievement but also for future professional endeavors.

Moreover, these programs instill a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility in students by engaging them in hands-on activities and practical exercises, providing firsthand experience in project management, decision-making, and problem-solving. Such experiences foster accountability and ownership, qualities vital for future leaders and entrepreneurs.

Participation in an entrepreneurial development programme also boosts self-confidence and resilience among students. By undertaking entrepreneurial activities and confronting challenges, students learn to believe in their capabilities and develop the resilience to overcome obstacles.

Additionally, these programs nurture leadership qualities by offering opportunities for students to take charge and lead peers, thereby developing the skills and mindset necessary for effective leadership.

Entrepreneurial skills promote a growth mindset, encouraging students to view failure as a learning opportunity and persist in the face of challenges, fostering a belief in their capacity to grow and improve is essential for navigating the uncertainties of the future.

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Key Components of an Effective Entrepreneurial Development Programme

  1. To ensure the effectiveness of an entrepreneurial development programme for primary-grade students, several key components must be in place. Firstly, the program should have a structured curriculum covering various entrepreneurial topics, designed to be engaging and age-appropriate, with activities that inspire and challenge young learners, and should be continuous rather than sporadic workshops.
  2. Hands-on learning experiences should be integral to the program, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world challenges, and fostering a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship.
  3. The involvement of mentors and industry professionals provides students with valuable perspectives, guidance, and inspiration, enhancing their learning experience.
  4. The program should include opportunities for assessment and self-reflection, empowering students to track their progress and take ownership of their learning journey.
  5. Finally, students should have the opportunity to document their projects, enabling them to showcase their ideas and experiences through e-portfolios.

Implementation of an Entrepreneurial Development Programme in Schools

Implementing an entrepreneurial development programme in schools requires careful planning and coordination. Key steps include researching and understanding the program, creating a clear vision aligned with the school’s mission and values, securing buy-in from stakeholders, forming a dedicated implementation team, providing comprehensive training and professional development, adapting the program to suit the school’s specific needs, setting clear goals and metrics, integrating the program into various aspects of school life, continuously evaluating its effectiveness, celebrating successes, ensuring sustainability, and staying connected with the broader entrepreneurial community for ongoing support and inspiration.

Entrepreneurial Development Programme for Primary-Grade Students

Kidspreneurship serves as exemplary models of the impact these initiatives can have. Kidspreneurship, an education service provider from Singapore, offers meticulously designed curricula, real-world challenges, industry mentorship, holistic assessment, and opportunities for students to develop e-portfolios, empowering them to become future leaders and entrepreneurs.

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