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Ulla Engestrom, CEO & Founder, ThingLink, shares insights into the use of Virtual Reality and 360° videos for educational solutions

VR in the classroom supports contextual and embodied learning. 360 lessons and field trips are particularly suitable for learning about complex systems and global issues such as human rights, gender equality, climate change, population growth and food production.

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What is the need for professional development of VR in the classroom?

The goal of VR in the classroom is to support the development of higher order thinking skills (HOTS) that in education are best applied to solving real-world issues. Without a framework, students will just zip around in a 360 environment not knowing what they are supposed to learn, which is a waste of everybody’s time and money. Professional development for integrating VR in education is thus as important as the technology itself.

What is the difference between 360 Videos and Virtual Reality?

It is the view mode: Regular 360 images and 360 videos can be viewed on desktop and mobile devices. All you need to do is to move your phone or swipe the image to look around. Services such as YouTube and ThingLink also offer a mobile VR view. This means that if you have a headset such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, you can put your phone inside the headset, select a stereoscopic view of the image or video, and look around the 360 image or video by moving your head.

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Can virtual reality be used in the classroom only using special hardware?

Mobile VR and console VR such as Oculus or HTC Vive are two different things, and depending on what you choose, this has a big impact on costs. Since hardware develops fast, our recommendation for classrooms is to save money and use the devices that are easily available. For example, if students have tablets or they can access smartphones, they can use the free Google Streetview app to take 360 photos, and use ThingLink to augment the images with additional information. Or, a school can purchase one consumer 360 camera such as Ricoh Theta and share it with multiple classrooms. They can upload the images to ThingLink and edit them with laptops or tablets. For mobile virtual reality viewing there are lots of headsets available for under $30. For school use we do not recommend cardboard headsets for hygiene reasons. Plastic is easier to keep clean.

How will virtual reality help students learn better and more?

VR in the classroom supports contextual and embodied learning. 360 lessons and field trips are particularly suitable for learning about complex systems and global issues such as human rights, gender equality, climate change, population growth and food production. This is because 360 photos and videos offer the student a projection of a real-world place or location, where they can make observations and construct meaning for the things they see. This way, even if the student’s view is anchored at the centre of the 360 image or video, the experience stimulates engagement and learning as efficiently as a physical field trip.

What are the unique features of Teleport 360 editor and the Teacher Premium account as compared to other solutions (if any exist)?

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Focus on production, not consumption: Our VR solution for education is based on the idea of the student as an active content creator, not just a consumer. Teleport 360 mobile editor and ThingLink 360/VR desktop editor make it easy for teachers and students to create their own interactive experiences to mobile VR. They can augment 360 images with text, close-up photos, audio, video and other services such as Google Forms and Maps.

Global 360 learning environment: During 2017 all the thousands of VR lessons from around the world will connect into a global learning environment that can be accessed with any laptop or mobile device.

Professional image library:  Teleport 360 Editor includes a collection of hundreds of curriculum-aligned professional photographs. For example, students can choose to visit any capital city in the world, or even state capitals in the US. This is a wonderful experience, even if you are just viewing the images from your computer or tablet!

Low price per student: The Premium Teacher account includes 200 students, and the price per students is 60 cents. All the students can access and use the image library, or upload their own photos. Schools who want to activate ThingLink for a group of teachers or the entire school, can contact us about a school account.

Most of the students’ perceive VR to be all about games. How can this perception be corrected?

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Your students are right. Console VR is still mostly about games and entertainment. But mobile VR is a window to the next generation internet that we will use the same way as we use the web today: for search, social, learning, entertainment and shopping. It is just more visual, and the navigation in the 360 web will be different.

It is true that the console VR experiences are more impressive than mobile VR, but it is also good to remember that as exciting as it is to be standing on a ledge atop a huge skyscraper, or meeting with a T-Rex, even the most stunning VR experience as such will not necessarily teach you anything. The goal of VR in the classroom, like I mentioned, is to support the development of higher order thinking skills that in education are best applied to solving real-world issues.

Can human bodies and minds cope with VR? How?

This is a constant challenge for console VR game developers, and there are many studies showing that people feel sick in a moving computer generated environment.

Interactive 360 images and videos offer a less daunting way to approach virtual reality as it projects places in the real world.  For example, we see schools from Hawaii to Finland creating fascinating virtual tours to historic places, nature, or even people’s homes. Students may record short explanations and add them to the image, making the images personal and engaging. When you view these stories in a VR headset, it feels as if you were there too.

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What are the barriers to mass adoption of VR in education?

A tipping point for any new technology comes when it becomes possible for anyone to become a content creator. Most VR in the classroom solutions still focus on consuming stories created by others.  This is a missed learning opportunity. Best learning happens during the planning and production of a virtual reality story: it develops the new 21st century literacy, a combination of research, critical thinking and digital presentation skills. Three to five years from now, when 360 cameras will be integrated to smartphones and tablets with automated image/video augmentation, we will be moving to a new kind of immersive web with virtual learning assistants.

Can you share a framework for a lesson plan?

360 degree photos and videos can greatly support learning through contextual orientation. They can transform abstract global or local concepts into observable practical settings anywhere in the world, and this way, contribute to understanding and solving real-world problems. Here is a simple framework we have used for a lesson plan:

 1.        SET LEARNING TARGETS:

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Introduce questions you want students to think about during the virtual experience.

2.         SELF-PACED EXPLORATION:

Let students explore the virtual field trip materials at their own pace, at school or at home.

3.         IDENTIFY ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS:

Develop higher level thinking skills by providing students an opportunity to collaboratively develop solutions for issues they have identified during the field trip.

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4.         DEMONSTRATE LEARNING:

Let students demonstrate their learning by editing or creating new virtual field trip materials that include their own observations and solutions.

About the Author:

Ulla Engestrom is the founder and CEO of ThingLink, a platform for augmenting images, video and 360 media with additional information. Engestrom started her company as a doctoral student in education at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where she got interested in the role of hyperlinked images in web browsing and learning. Today thousands of businesses and 2.5 million students and teachers from elementary schools to universities worldwide use ThingLink to create interactive maps, infographics, 360 degree virtual tours and lessons. Focusing on the future of immersive learning and mobile VR, Ulla Engestrom lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and three children. Engestrom is a Huffington Post contributor, and an advocate of global women’s rights.

Ulla's photo credit: Vincent Desailly

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This article was originally published in the July 2017 issue of ScooNews magazine. Subscribe to ScooNews Magazine today to have more such stories delivered to your desk every month. 

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Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti: Embracing Gandhi’s Vision in Modern Education

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Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation, was not just a political leader but a philosopher and a visionary who advocated for peace, non-violence, and social justice. His ideas and principles continue to inspire millions worldwide. To ensure that future generations understand and appreciate his legacy, there is a growing call to incorporate Gandhi’s ideology into school curricula.

Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of education transcended mere academic knowledge; it aimed to shape individuals into well-rounded, self-reliant citizens capable of contributing to society. In his words, “An education which does not teach us to discriminate between good and bad, to assimilate the one and eschew the other, is a misnomer.” Gandhi envisioned a holistic approach to education that focused not only on intellectual growth but also on physical labor, vocational training, and moral development.

Exploring Gandhi’s ideology in school curricula unveils a rich tapestry of principles that encompass his enduring legacy. At the heart of it all lies non-violence, or Ahimsa, a powerful force for achieving social and political change that fosters peace and harmony by teaching the art of conflict resolution without resorting to violence. Truth, known as Satya, stands as a cornerstone, championing honesty, integrity, and transparency in words and actions, molding students into pillars of virtue. Self-reliance, or Swadeshi, echoes the call for economic independence, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, urging individuals and communities to stand on their own feet. In the pursuit of a balanced life, simplicity, or Sarvodaya, is celebrated, offering a countermeasure to materialism, consumerism, and environmental degradation. Lastly, the principle of Equality, or Samanvaya, champions the fight against discrimination based on caste, religion, or gender, paving the way for inclusivity, social justice, and equality within the walls of our educational institutions.

Education should serve a dual purpose, he believed that every individual had a right to the necessities of life but also a duty to engage in manual labor to support society and there should be a system where students learned the dignity of labor and regarded it as a patriotic duty to pay for their training through their work. In Gandhi’s scheme of education, the ultimate goal was the harmonious development of all aspects of human personality: body, mind, and spirit. He stressed the need for a balanced approach that nurtured physical fitness, intellectual capacity, and moral values.

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Today, as we mark the ninth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and observe the Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) campaign from September 15th to October 2nd, it is a fitting moment to contemplate the enduring wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 154th birth anniversary. In his vision for a ‘Clean India,‘ Gandhi placed emphasis not only on physical cleanliness but also on the purity of the mind and soul. He firmly believed that genuine cleanliness extended beyond our immediate environment to encompass our thoughts, deeds, and core values. As we recall Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words during the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, “A clean India would be the most meaningful tribute that our nation could offer to honor Mahatma Gandhi.”

In our rapidly evolving world, the need for an education rooted in Gandhian principles is more crucial than ever. It is not merely a choice but a necessity, a pathway to nurture individuals who are not just intellectually adept but also socially conscious and ethically grounded. As we look forward, let us embrace the spirit of Gandhian education, transforming it from a beacon of hope into a tangible reality for generations to come.

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Google: A Quarter-Century of Revolutionizing Education and the World

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In September 1998, two enterprising individuals, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, laid the cornerstone for a tech giant that would irrevocably reshape the global landscape: Google. The last 25 years of Google’s journey have left an indelible mark on our world, revolutionizing the way we access information and fundamentally altering the fabric of modern life.

Before Google, the internet was a vast, labyrinthine space where finding specific information was a Herculean task. Google’s ingenious PageRank algorithm powered its search engine, making it effortless to navigate the digital realm. It swiftly became the cornerstone of modern existence, offering quick and precise answers to countless queries.

Google’s influence extends far beyond mere search. Google Maps has rendered paper maps obsolete, offering real-time directions and even virtual tours. Productivity tools like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive have revolutionized how we work and collaborate. They’ve made remote work and global teamwork a reality.

Google dominates the search engine market with a 91.86% share. In 2021, its brand was valued at $458 billion, second only to Apple globally. With nearly 4 billion users across its products and services, Google is an integral part of daily life. Remarkably, over 50% of Google searches conclude without a click, indicating users find answers on the search results page. Google handles a staggering 90,460 searches per second, reflecting its ubiquity.

Transforming Education

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Google has brought transformative changes to education over the past quarter-century. G Suite for Education, comprising Gmail, Drive, Docs, and more, empowers teachers and students worldwide, facilitating real-time collaboration and effective communication. Chromebooks, affordable and user-friendly laptops, have gained widespread use in US K-12 schools. Google Classroom simplifies assignment creation and distribution, used by 68% of school districts nationwide.

Google champions computer science education, offering grant funding, expanding access, and promoting diversity in the field. Programs like CS First, a free curriculum teaching coding skills to grades 4-8, have reached over 10 million students globally. Google tools like Meet, Forms, Sites, and YouTube have facilitated distance learning, allowing teachers and students to connect, interact, and learn remotely. Google inspires innovation through programs and competitions challenging learners to tackle real-world issues. Google Science Fair, Google Code-in, and Google Doodle for Google are just a few examples.

One of Google’s most profound impacts has been democratizing information. Initiatives like Google Books and Google Scholar have made a wealth of knowledge accessible worldwide, fuelling education and research. Google has also consistently pushed the envelope in artificial intelligence (AI). Products like Google Assistant and acquisitions like DeepMind redefine what AI can achieve. From language translation to autonomous vehicles, Google consistently explores uncharted territories.

As Google celebrates its 25th anniversary, it embodies innovation, connectivity, and an unwavering pursuit of knowledge. Its impact on society has been immeasurable, and its capacity to shape the future remains unparalleled. The next 25 years promise to be just as transformative as the last. Google’s legacy continues to evolve, and its influence will undoubtedly continue to shape our world in ways we can scarcely imagine.

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World Tourism Day 2023: The Career Prospects in the Field of Tourism

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As we celebrate World Tourism Day 2023, it’s time for school graduates to embark on a journey that goes beyond the familiar horizons of textbooks and classrooms. This is a journey that explores the educational perspective of tourism, unveiling the skills required and the plethora of career opportunities available in this dynamic field. India’s travel and tourism industry is poised for center stage in the coming years, and the prospects for students have never been brighter.

A Glimpse into the Growth of Tourism:

In 2021, India’s tourism sector wasn’t just a contributor; it stood as a powerhouse, constituting a significant 5.8% of the country’s GDP and providing employment for a remarkable 32.1 million people. This resurgence followed a tumultuous 2020 marked by the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s more exciting is that India’s tourism sector is poised for sustained growth, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% during the period from 2019 to 2023. By 2023, it’s expected to reach an impressive ₹32.05 lakh crore (US$450 billion). Furthermore, the sector is on track to create an astonishing 52.3 million jobs by 2028, accounting for 8.1% of the nation’s total employment.

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Moreover, India’s tourism sector is anticipated to benefit from consistent hiring in other sectors such as financial services, technology, FMCG, and property and construction in 2023, providing diverse opportunities for aspiring professionals.

Educational Avenues in Travel and Tourism:

The journey toward a rewarding career in travel and tourism begins with education. Numerous institutions offer a broad spectrum of courses tailored to the industry’s diverse demands. These educational pathways encompass Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, diploma programs, and even flexible distance learning options.

Here are some popular courses for undergraduate and postgraduate education in tourism in India:

Undergraduate Courses:

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  • BA in Tourism Administration: A three-year course covering various aspects of tourism management, including tourism planning, marketing, operations, finance, and human resource development. It also provides exposure to the cultural, social, and environmental dimensions of tourism. Some institutions offering this course include Christ University, Bangalore, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and Amity University, Noida.
  • BA in Tourism Studies: A three-year course focusing on the theoretical and practical aspects of tourism, including tourism geography, tourism products, tourism policy, tourism development, and tourism research. It also offers electives in areas such as adventure tourism, heritage tourism, and eco-tourism. Institutions offering this course include Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM): A four-year course providing comprehensive knowledge and skills in tourism management, such as tourism marketing, operations, finance, law, and entrepreneurship. The course also includes industrial training and project work in the tourism sector. Some institutions offering this course include the University of Calicut, Malappuram, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, and the University of Kashmir, Srinagar.
  • Com in Travel and Tourism Management: A three-year course combining core commerce subjects with specialized topics related to travel and tourism, such as travel agency management, tour operations, airline ticketing, and tourism economics. It prepares students for careers as travel consultants, tour managers, and tourism officers. Some institutions offering this course include St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune, and Loyola College, Chennai.
  • Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration: A three-year course covering various aspects of hospitality and hotel management, including food production, food and beverage service, front office, housekeeping, and hotel engineering. The course also provides practical training and exposure to the hospitality industry. Some institutions offering this course include the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, New Delhi, Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal, and the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai.

Postgraduate Courses:

  • Master of Tourism Administration (MTA): A two-year course offering advanced knowledge and skills in tourism administration, such as tourism policy, planning, marketing, finance, and research. It also offers specializations in areas like tourism product development, destination management, and human resource management. Some institutions offering this course include Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, and Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
  • Master of Tourism and Travel Management (MTTM): A two-year course focusing on managerial and operational aspects of tourism and travel, including operations, marketing, finance, and law. It includes field visits, internships, and project work in the tourism and travel sector. Some institutions offering this course include the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, and Amity University, Noida.
  • Master of Tourism and Heritage Management (MTHM): A two-year course exploring the connections between tourism and heritage, including heritage tourism, cultural tourism, and eco-tourism. It covers heritage conservation, management, and promotion challenges in the context of tourism. Some institutions offering this course include the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, and Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi.
  • Master of Hotel Management (MHM): A two-year course providing in-depth knowledge and skills in hotel management, including operations, marketing, finance, law, and entrepreneurship. It offers electives like hotel revenue management, quality management, and facility management. Some institutions offering this course include the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, New Delhi, the Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore, and the Institute of Hotel Management, Bhopal.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Tourism and Hospitality Management: A two-year course blending core business administration subjects with tourism and hospitality management, covering areas like business environment, strategic management, marketing management, and financial management. It prepares students for leadership roles in the tourism and hospitality industry. Some institutions offering this course include the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, and the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.

Expanding Opportunities in Sustainable Tourism:

The travel and tourism sector have the potential to reshape India’s economic landscape, especially in the face of job losses in traditional sectors due to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not just about discovering new destinations; it’s about unlocking a world of educational opportunities and fulfilling careers, all while contributing to our nation’s economic growth.

The surge of Green Tourism and its positive impacts are becoming increasingly evident, particularly in South Asian countries. This practice encourages India and other nations to adopt best practices and learn from experiences in green tourism, including ecotourism, rural tourism, wildlife tourism, and adventure tourism. Through adaptability, we can address common challenges and opportunities in the tourism sector, such as climate change, digitalization, skills development, and destination management. Prioritizing job creation, income generation, and empowerment, while conserving and enhancing natural and cultural resources, is crucial for the future. By aligning with the principles and goals outlined in international agreements, destinations across the nation can work towards a future where India’s natural beauty remains preserved for generations of travelers and opportunities to come.

As we celebrate World Tourism Day 2023, let’s embrace the immense potential within the travel and tourism industry. Students possess a unique opportunity to be part of an industry that not only thrives but also actively shapes the future of our nation.

The statistics are compelling India’s tourism sector is on a remarkable trajectory, and the future is brighter than ever before. So, pack your bags and prepare for an educational journey that could lead to a fulfilling and prosperous career in tourism.

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How Inadequate Lighting can Damage Students’ Eyes

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Inadequate lighting is a major problem in schools around the world. Many classrooms are too dark, and students are forced to strain their eyes to see the board, read their books, and write in their notebooks. It can have a number of negative consequences for students’ eyes. Pranav Aggarwal, Co-Founder & Director, Ledure Lightings Limited talks about this issue in detail.

Eyestrain is a common condition that can lead to blurred vision, and development of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Other eye problems that can be caused by inadequate lighting include astigmatism and amblyopia (lazy eye). In addition to these eye problems, inadequate lighting can also lead to other health problems, such as:

  • Headaches: Headaches are a common symptom of eyestrain. They can also be caused by poor posture, which is more likely to occur in students who are sitting in dimly lit classrooms.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue can be caused by eyestrain, as well as by the difficulty of concentrating in a poorly lit environment.
  • Increased risk of accidents: Poor or inadequate lighting can make it difficult for students to gauge steps or uneven surfaces. This can increase risk of accidents/injury.

How to protect students’ eyes from inadequate lighting? 

Prolonged exposure to poor lighting can lead to permanent damage to the eyes of the students. There are a number of things that can be done to protect students’ eyes from inadequate lighting, including:

  • Improving natural lighting in classrooms: Classrooms should be well-lit, with even illumination throughout the room. This can be achieved by using a combination of natural and artificial light. For natural light, there should be windows in the classrooms which allow sunlight to enter inside and bring better illumination.
  • If supplemented with artificial lighting, it is extremely important to the choose the right kind of light so that the throw is sufficient and well spread across the entire class room. Switching to LED lighting for classroom can prevent exposure to harmful carcinogens and help students and faculty avoid long-term health issues. The right classroom lighting can help make a big difference in how well students learn.
  • Providing students with adequate task lighting: Task lighting, such as desk lamps, can be used to supplement the general lighting in classrooms. Task lighting should be positioned so that it does not cast glare on the student’s work. Task lighting can also help students in performing experiments and taking readings.
  • Teaching students about eye health: Students should be taught about the importance of good lighting for eye health. They should also be taught how to avoid eyestrain and other eye problems.

What can parents do? 

Parents have a key influence in a child’s life so they can play a significant role in protecting their children’s eyes from inadequate lighting. Here are a few tips:

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  • Make sure your child’s study area is well-lit: Your child’s study area should have a combination of natural and artificial light. The desk lamp should be positioned so that it does not cast glare on your child’s work.

Use 90 CRI Led Lights: LED lights with a high CRI, such as 90, are designed to closely mimic natural sunlight. This means they render colors more accurately, making it easier for students to read text, view images, and distinguish between different colors on screens or in printed materials. This reduced distortion in color perception can reduce eye strain and improve overall visual comfort.

  • Encourage your child to take breaks: Encourage your child to take breaks every 20-30 minutes when they are studying. This will help to reduce eyestrain.
  • Limit your child’s screen time: Screen time can exacerbate eyestrain. Encourage your child to limit their screen time to no more than two hours per day.
  • Take your child for regular eye exams: It is important to take your child for regular eye exams, even if they have no vision problems. This will help to ensure that any eye problems are detected and treated early.

By following these tips, parents and schools can help protect students’ eyes from inadequate lighting and reduce the risk of developing eye problems.

Additional tips for students

  • Adjust the lighting in your study area: If the lighting in your study area is too dark, adjust it by using a desk lamp or moving your desk to a brighter location.
  • Use artificial tears: Artificial tears can help to relieve dry eyes, which is a common symptom of eyestrain.
  • Get enough sleep: When you are well-rested, your eyes are better able to cope with eyestrain.
  • Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help to promote good eye health.

If you experience any symptoms of eyestrain, such as blurred vision, headaches, or fatigue, make sure to see an eye doctor.

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Sustainable Practices in Educational Institutions: World Environmental Health Day 2023

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World Environmental Health Day 2023 brings with it a poignant reminder of our collective responsibility towards the planet. As we stand at a critical juncture in the fight against environmental degradation, the role of educational institutions in promoting sustainability and environmental health takes center stage. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted realm of sustainable school practices, focusing on their role in reducing the carbon footprint, addressing wastage, and nurturing environmental health in the Indian context. We will also explore why education centers should place sustainability at the core of their educational mission.

One of the most pressing environmental issues of our time is the burgeoning carbon footprint. Educational institutions, as hubs of knowledge and innovation, possess immense potential to influence this paradigm. Through conscientious efforts to reduce carbon emissions, educational institutions can significantly contribute to a healthier planet. Implementing energy-efficient systems, promoting eco-friendly transportation options, and advocating for responsible resource consumption are just a few ways in which educational institutions can lead the charge in carbon footprint reduction.

Addressing Wastage

Wastage in educational institutions extends beyond the disposal of materials; it encompasses valuable resources like energy, water, and food. Sustainable school practices necessitate a vigilant approach to resource management. Educational institutions can adopt recycling programs, implement water-saving measures, and promote responsible food consumption. Moreover, teaching students about the consequences of wastefulness instills lifelong values of resource conservation. On addressing this issue, Yashraj Garg, Co-founder, Envirocare Foundation, a social and non-profit initiative said, “To begin with, schools can employ imaginative, artistic mediums, such as visual and literary arts, to cultivate eco-friendly mindsets among students. By raising awareness through creativity, we can foster a collective commitment to sustainable daily practices. Additionally, schools should establish avenues for expression and advocacy, like clubs and waste management initiatives, within their communities. Such inclusive initiatives can broaden students’ perspectives on climate change’s social dimensions. Addressing food waste within school cafeterias is paramount. Implementing technology-driven food preservation models and involving students in socio-environmental projects can drastically reduce wastage.”

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Environmental Health in India: A Multifaceted Challenge

India grapples with a profound environmental health challenge, with air pollution standing out as a major concern. According to IQAir’s World Air Quality Report 2021, India ranks as the fifth most polluted country globally among 117 assessed regions. In 2021, the country’s annual average PM2.5 levels reached a staggering 58.1 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m³), significantly exceeding the World Health Organization’s guideline of 10 µg/m³ for annual mean PM2.5 concentrations. The situation is exacerbated by the return to pre-quarantine pollution levels observed in 2019, emphasizing the urgency of addressing this issue.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reports that, as of September 22, 2023, India’s National Air Quality Index (NAQI) stood at a moderate value of 78. However, many cities, including Bhiwadi (162), Pune (149), Jalandhar (147), and Gurugram (138), faced poor or very poor air quality levels. The primary sources of air pollution in India encompass fossil fuel combustion, biomass burning, industrial emissions, vehicular exhaust, and dust.

India’s environmental health challenges encompass a broad spectrum of issues, from air pollution to access to safe water and sanitation, extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, and emerging infectious diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), environmental factors accounted for a staggering 26% of total deaths and 25% of the total disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in India in 2019. Leading causes of environmental mortality and morbidity include lower respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, and stroke.

While India grapples with these challenges, it has also undertaken significant initiatives to enhance its environmental health situation. Key programs include the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP), and the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). These initiatives reflect India’s commitment to addressing pressing environmental concerns.

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Educational Institutions Leading the Way

Notably, several educational institutions in India have emerged as pioneers in reducing their carbon footprint and promoting sustainability on their campuses.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, achieved a remarkable feat by reducing its carbon footprint by over 50%. This achievement was accomplished through the strategic purchase of power from green generators and the installation of solar panels on campus rooftops. The institute also implements an innovative waste management system that converts organic waste into biogas and compost.

Similarly, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College (SREC) in Coimbatore has undertaken a meticulous study of its carbon emissions from January 2018 to December 2019. The study revealed that the college emitted just 5.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per student per year, surpassing the national average of 6.7 tonnes CO2e per capita per year. SREC has adopted a range of sustainable measures, including the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, rainwater harvesting systems, and biodegradable packaging materials.

One such example is provided by Pallavee Dhaundiyal Panthry, Chief Communication Advisor, World of Circular Economy (WOCE), an organisation in environment, climate, and sustainability solutions, “As we stand on the precipice of a world grappling with environmental challenges, schools emerge as beacons of hope, illuminating the path toward a sustainable future. The question at the forefront of this journey is: How can we help individuals adopt ‘Sustainable Human Behavior’ to support the growth of all people and help them lead a life of dignity, thereby creating a culture of sustainability among the masses? For instance, take the example of the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Their curriculum goes beyond traditional education; it’s a holistic approach to sustainability. Students there learn about sustainable farming practices, participate in reforestation efforts, and engage in constructing eco-friendly bamboo buildings. Picture students on field trips, immersing themselves in the intricacies of ecology, their hands in the soil, planting seasonal crops, and nurturing an eco-agricultural sensibility. Schools should foster an environment of open discourse — a sanctuary where students commune, exchange ideas, and champion a more environmentally sustainable future for all. Schools must integrate sustainability into their very DNA. It’s not a subject but a way of life, an ethos that guides every decision and action.”

 

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Sustainability has evolved from a buzzword into a moral imperative. Educational institutions are not merely centers of academic learning but also institutions tasked with shaping responsible global citizens. Focusing on sustainability aligns with this mission and equips students with competencies vital for the future. Additionally, sustainable practices in educational institutions can lead to cost savings, creating a win-win situation for both the environment and the institution. On the importance of schools to follow environmentally friendly practices, Mamta Shekhawat, Founder, Gradding.com said, “To make the entire environment sustainable, schools should provide quality education. Schools should teach everyone that to secure the future generation & their needs, the current generation must meet all their requirements with eco-friendly methods. There must be suitable lessons present in the curriculum by which students know the importance of a healthy environment. That is how education plays a huge role in making environment healthier.”

Today’s younger generations are increasingly vocal about environmental concerns. They aspire for an eco-friendly world and demand action on climate change. Children and adolescents engage in self-reflection about their actions and contemplate how the broader community can contribute to sustainable development. This burgeoning eco-consciousness is a powerful force that educational institutions can harness to effect positive change. By integrating sustainability into the curriculum and school culture, educators can nurture this innate desire for a greener planet.

Educational Institutions can embark on various initiatives to promote sustainability effectively. These include:

  1. Curricular Integration: Incorporate environmental education across subjects to provide students with a holistic understanding of sustainability issues.
  2. Green Infrastructure: Develop sustainable school facilities, incorporating features like solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and green spaces.
  3. Waste Management Programs: Implement recycling and composting programs to reduce waste and educate students about responsible disposal.
  4. Student Engagement: Encourage student-led eco-clubs or initiatives that empower young minds to drive sustainability efforts.
  5. Community Involvement: Extend sustainability practices beyond the school gates by involving parents and the local community.

“Create opportunities for students to engage in practical, hands-on learning environmental projects. As Maldives is facing serious issues related to seagrass restoration. Therefore, our students have established a small seagrass nursery at the school and have been successfully restoring the seagrass since March 2023. I strongly believe by integrating these strategies, schools can not only educate students about environmental responsibility but also serve as role models for sustainable practices.” Said Mohsina Mirza, Principal, Billabong High International School, Maldives.

The imperative for sustainable school practices in nurturing environmental health cannot be overstated. Educational institutions have a pivotal role to play in reducing the carbon footprint, addressing wastage, and fostering environmental health, particularly in the context of India’s unique environmental challenges. By embracing sustainability, educational institutions prepare students for a future where responsible environmental stewardship is not an option but a necessity. These commendable efforts by educational institutions not only reduce their environmental impact but also serve as inspiring examples for the broader community. On World Environmental Health Day 2023, let us reaffirm our commitment to the planet and recognize the profound influence that educational institutions can wield in shaping a brighter, greener future

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Tensions Rise Between India and Canada: Implications for Students and Education Sector

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As political tensions continue to escalate between India and Canada, the future of their diplomatic and trade relations hangs in the balance. The dispute revolves around allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who claimed that credible evidence links Indian authorities to the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. This accusation has strained the bilateral relationship, with New Delhi firmly dismissing the allegations as “absurd” and calling upon Canada to take action against anti-India elements operating within its borders.

One of the largest factors that needs immediate attention is the education sector. As trends show that Canada is one of the most preferred educational destination for Indian students going abroad. Adding to the discord, the Canadian Border Security Agency has issued notices to deport approximately 700 youths who had presented fake offer letters. A substantial number of these individuals hail from Punjab, a state in India, and are drawn to Canada due to its liberal immigration policies and relatively straightforward path to citizenship. For those who immigrate to Canada, the opportunity to apply for citizenship becomes available after five years of continuous residency, with a minimum of three years spent within the country.

Many of the Punjabi youths seeking a brighter future in Canada are students who opt to pursue higher education in the country. Canada’s appeal lies not only in its academic institutions but also in the option for students to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week while pursuing their studies. This attractive proposition has led to a significant increase in the number of Indian students heading to Canada.

Notably, Canada has become a preferred destination for Indian students, particularly those from Punjab. According to Amar Ujala, a Canadian Member of Parliament Ramesh Sangha reveals that Punjabis constitute 2.6 percent of the Canadian population, with a significant Sikh and Punjabi community of around 9.50 lakh residents, out of which 7.70 lakh are Punjabis.

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According to Reuters, since 2018, India has been the largest source country for international students in Canada. In 2022, their number rose 47% to nearly 320,000, accounting for about 40% of total overseas students, the Canadian Bureau of International Education says, which also helps universities and colleges provide a subsidised education to domestic students. Canada has issued nearly a million study permits to Indian students since 2015, making it a crucial source of income for Canadian educational institutions.

Shivir Setia, an Indian student who has applied for a project management course in Canada said to ScooNews, “Mentioning my experience regarding whatever happened between India and Canada in the last few days. First, I was very surprised to see that this issue escalated so much to the extent that India is restricting Canadians to coming to India. I was also scared of what would happen if my student Visa got rejected, as the process is very time consuming and a lot of money is involved. I spoke to my friends and other people who stated that nothing is going to happen, this will fade out. I am still a little curious about how things turn out as I am just hoping to go and start with my studies. I am applying for the Visa tomorrow and I hope for the best. My Counsellor was always positive and assured me that things are going to work out.”

Rohinton Medhora, a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, underscores the importance of how each country’s government handles the public relations and strategic aspects of this dispute. He notes that while India and Canada may not be each other’s primary trade partners, concessions made during this crisis could have repercussions. The trade relationship between the two nations has not been robust compared to other global partners. In 2021, India constituted only 0.62 percent of Canada’s exports, while Canada represented 1.02 percent of India’s exports. Both countries are wary of making concessions that could compromise their standing with more significant trade partners. (Source- BNN Bloomberg)

Despite the growing political tensions, there is no immediate indication that Indian students will cease their migration to Canada. However, if the crisis deepens, the Indian government may consider directing students, particularly those on government scholarships, to explore alternative destinations for their education, impacting Canada’s education sector significantly. Mr. Ameya S. Bal, Assistant Professor, SKSC, Somaiya Vidyavihar University had this to say on the matter, “I do not think that it is going to affect students in a major capacity. As students are the fraternity which is mostly excluded from the politics here. It may indirectly affect them if policy changes are to take place like that by the Indian government to suspend the visas or by the Canadian government in future due to the tainted international relations. Obviously, the one major consequence is that students will think before going to Canada as the ambiguity of the PR and the treatment of the students can be an issue. Many agencies are promoting permanent residency in Canada, they will be affected by it due to the circumstances as many students may opt out of getting PR and may only choose to go for the duration of their respective educational course or professional project and then come back to India.”

Anand Krishnaswamy, an Educational Consultant and Coach, considers the investigation to play a big part in the future. He said, “No one can assess as of now the exact course of action that will be taken by both the nations. It is difficult to say that this might impact students in a negative manner. The existing students in Canada might face issues with their work visas. The Indian government has been excessive in taking major steps against Canada and have denied the allegations imposed by the Canadian government. While Canada has maintained a more careful stance on the issue. US has also stood up and claimed that if the allegations are to be true, other nations might have to step in and ask questions from the Indian government. I think all that can be done for now is let the investigation take its due course and then understand where do both the nations stand in this matter. However, what may happen is that the students will start showing keen interest in other educational destinations like Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and EU which are also good educational hubs. US has already increased the number of visas for Indian students since the week gone by. So that is a clear consequence.”

In the midst of this turmoil, Shantanu Singh, Director of EduCandor Pvt. Ltd., a study abroad counselling agency, emphasizes that the safety and well-being of Indian nationals in Canada remain unaffected. He advises prospective students to exercise patience amid visa service suspensions and expects a resolution in the near future. Singh urges that international students should not bear the brunt of political disputes, as their contributions are vital to the economies of host countries, including Canada. He said,” I engaged in discussions with a multitude of students, visa officers, and counsellors on this issue. Now, concerning students who are already residing in Canada, their prevailing sentiment is that the recent developments appear to be more of a political and a theatrical display, likely influenced by the approaching elections. Contrary to the sensationalism propagated by the Indian and Canadian media, Indian nationals in Canada can rest assured that their safety and well-being remain unaffected.

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Now, shifting focus to students intending to apply for Canadian visas, I also conversed with visa officers. They acknowledged the Indian context, where visa services have been temporarily suspended. However, the stance and intentions of the Canadian government remain uncertain. Consequently, our recommendation to students, in light of these circumstances, is to refrain from submitting visa applications at this juncture. Nevertheless, we hold the belief that this situation is likely to stabilize within the next 10 to 15 days. Failing that, we anticipate a resolution in the near future, as the future prospects of numerous individuals and students are hanging in the balance.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding India-Canada relations, it is hoped that diplomacy and dialogue will prevail, allowing both nations to navigate these turbulent waters and maintain their historically strong ties.

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Five ways for Indian students to have a successful study abroad experience

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For many students, studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  However, when leaving their home country, many students are unsure of what will happen once they leave, how the atmosphere will be, or whether they will be able to adapt to the atmosphere to help students’ journeys be promising and full of adventure. Mayank Sharma, Head of Global Partnerships & Country Head India at Prodigy Finance has five great tips that can aid students in settling and enjoying their study abroad program.

  1. Embrace cultural immersion:
    It is always a good idea to begin learning about the cultures and values of the country you are in because doing so will not only improve your lifestyle there but will also make it easier for you to get along with the locals. To learn more about the country you are in, you can attend cultural events, and local festivals, be friendly with your peers, hop in local cuisine, get familiar with their local gourmet and delicacies, and visit historical sites.
  2. Learn the language:
    Learning the language of the country you’re visiting or practicing their accent will not only be great fun to begin with but will also allow you to become more acquainted with the locals. It’s okay not to be fluent, but trying to acquire a new accent or learn a new language will only benefit you later in life.
  3. Build a diverse network:
    While only studying can bore you and limit your contact with your peers, try to build relationships with people both inside and outside of your University. You can do this by participating in college events, getting to know students from other Universities, joining clubs, and attending community events. These experiences will not only leave you with beautiful memories to look back on in the future, but they will also help you build a solid rapport with your friends, and who knows, these friends may later in life turn out to be one of the most influential people who can help or guide you to shape your future.
  4. Travel and explore:
    Traveling is a great way to get away from day-to-day life especially when you are a student and far away from home; only studying can become tedious, whereas planning a short trip to your neighboring region will allow you to discover new places, meet new people and learn different customs, the best part is that you can use your student discount travel program to make your trip more affordable. College life never comes back more than the academic journey; these experiences will shape your core beliefs and allow you to see the world in a new way, making you a better person and knowledgeable with beautiful memories to look back on.
  5. The art of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and balance:
    While staying in a different country far from your home where homemade food is challenging to find and lifestyle changes are possible, find a healthy diet that suits your body and take the weekend off, place self-care first. Getting enough sleep each night, going for a walk in the park, or joining a gym or fitness club will not only help you stay physically fit but will also leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Putting these things into practice will keep you healthy and make your study abroad experience more fulfilling, even though they may seem very trivial.

Studying abroad is a lifetime experience. Make the most of it. Doing so will not only expand your academic skills but also shape your future. Don’t forget that it’s not only about the destination; it’s also about the journey and the experiences that shape you along the way.

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BMC Plans to Introduce CBSE Curriculum in Every Ward’s Civic School in Mumbai

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Mumbai, 18th September 2023– The Education Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has unveiled an ambitious plan to introduce the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum in every civic school within Mumbai’s wards. With the aim of expanding the reach of quality education, BMC authorities are now actively seeking suitable school buildings in each ward to apply for CBSE approval.

Currently, BMC oversees the operation of 11 schools that are affiliated with the CBSE board, in addition to one school each offering the Indian Certificate of School Education (ICSE), Cambridge, and International Baccalaureate (IB) curricula.

The decision to extend CBSE curriculum offerings comes on the heels of BMC’s successful implementation of the CBSE curriculum in its existing schools. Officials from the civic body’s education wing have directed local education officers in each ward to provide data regarding the availability of school buildings that meet the necessary infrastructural requirements for CBSE affiliation.

An official from the education department stated, “Local education officers have been asked to submit data on the number of school buildings in their respective areas and identify those capable of meeting the infrastructural prerequisites essential for CBSE approval. Appropriate actions will be taken following the collation of this information.”

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Highlighting the intent behind this initiative, the officer explained, “There has always been a plan to introduce more civic schools offering non-state board curricula in the city. Urban parents increasingly prefer enrolling their children in non-state board schools. When BMC initiated these schools, the objective was to make popular curricula accessible to underprivileged students who typically could not secure admissions in high-profile non-state board schools. After successfully introducing non-state board curricula in select civic schools, we are now exploring the feasibility of expanding this model.”

Traditionally, civic schools in Mumbai have adhered to the state board curriculum. However, BMC adopted the innovative approach of offering more sought-after non-state board curricula in civic schools in 2020. This initiative commenced with one school each affiliated with CBSE and ICSE curriculum, and in response to growing demand, BMC has since established an additional 10 CBSE-affiliated schools.

Confirming the preliminary nature of the plan, D Gangadharan, BMC Deputy Commissioner (Education), stated, “The initiative is currently in its initial stages, as we are presently focused on data collection.”

This visionary move by the BMC promises to broaden educational opportunities for students across Mumbai and enhance the overall quality of education in civic schools.

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हिंदी दिवस 2023- भारत में हिंदी माध्यम की शिक्षा का महत्व: भाषाई विविधता और राष्ट्रीय पहचान के संरक्षण

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जैसे ही भारत 2023 में G20 की प्रेसिडेंसी ग्रहण करता है, हमारी धरोहर और आधुनिक उपलब्धियां मुख्य रूप से प्रस्तुत होती हैं। “India” से “भारत” का परिवर्तन हमारे नींवों की ओर पलटने का एक प्रतीक है, भारतीय दर्शनिक धरोहर की खोज करते हुए। यह परिवर्तन हमारी सांस्कृतिक और भाषाई विविधता के संरक्षण के महत्व की याद दिलाने वाला है। इस संदर्भ में, भारत में हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा के महत्व की चर्चा करना महत्वपूर्ण है, क्योंकि हिंदी अब भी पूरी तरह से विकसित नहीं है, और शिक्षा क्षेत्र में हिंदी भाषा को प्रोत्साहित करने के महत्व को बढ़ावा देने की आवश्यकता है।

भारत एक भाषाई बिन्दुमाला है, जहां देश भर में सैकड़ों भाषाएँ और बोलियाँ बोली जाती हैं। हिंदी, सबसे अधिक बोली जाने वाली भाषाओं में से एक के रूप में, विभिन्न क्षेत्रों के लोगों को जोड़ने का कार्य करती है। हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा भाषाई विविधता को संरक्षित करने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाती है, विविध भाषाई समूहों के बीच संचार के लिए सामान्य धरोहर प्रदान करके। इसके साथ ही, हिंदी केवल एक भाषा नहीं है; यह हमारी सांस्कृतिक पहचान का एक अभिन्न हिस्सा है। हिंदी को शिक्षा में अपनाने से छात्र अपनी जड़ों से जुड़ सकते हैं, पारंपरिक साहित्य, लोककथाएँ और इतिहास को समझ सकते हैं, जो हिंदी में लिखे गए हैं, और अपने धरोहर के प्रति गहरी सराहना कर सकते हैं। इसे अपनी जड़ों से जुड़ने से एक आत्मा का आभास और राष्ट्रीय गर्व पैदा होता है।

इसके अलावा, भारत की बड़ी हिस्सेदारी ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में बसी हुई है, जहां हिंदी अक्सर संचार की प्रमुख भाषा होती है। हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा नगरीय-ग्रामीण अंतर को पार करके सुनिश्चित करती है कि ग्रामीण छात्र अपनी मातृभाषा में गुणवत्ता शिक्षा प्राप्त करें। इससे उन्हें ज्ञान और कौशल प्राप्त होता है ताकि वे भारत के विकास में भाग लें।

क्या आपने कभी सोचा है कि हिंदी भारत में अब भी पूरी तरह से विकसित और चुनी नहीं जाती है?

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भारत की भाषाई विविधता हिंदी की मानक विकास में एक चुनौती प्रस्तुत करती है। विभिन्न क्षेत्रों में अपनी अपनी प्रकार की हिंदी होती है, और मानकीकरण की प्रक्रिया जटिल है। ब्रिटिश औपचारिकवाद की ऐतिहासिक विरासत ने अंग्रेजी को बहुत सारे बड़े संस्थानों और शहरी क्षेत्रों में शिक्षा की प्राधान्य भाषा बना दिया है। इस अंग्रेजी के प्रभाव ने हिंदी के विकास को रोक दिया है, जिससे अंग्रेजी और हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा के बीच का अनुभाग महसूस होता है। हिंदी साहित्य, अनुसंधान, और शैक्षिक संसाधन अक्सर उन विपणियों के पीछे रह जाते हैं जो अंग्रेजी में उपलब्ध होते हैं। हिंदी के रूप में एक भाषा और शिक्षा के माध्यम के विकास के लिए संविदानिक संसाधनों, पाठ्यक्रम विकास, और शिक्षक प्रशिक्षण में विशाल निवेश की आवश्यकता है।

हिंदी को शिक्षा में प्रोत्साहित करना: हिंदी को अंग्रेजी माध्यम के स्कूलों में भी समान महत्व दिया जाना चाहिए ताकि हिंदी माध्यम और अंग्रेजी माध्यम के स्कूलों में हिंदी के साथ समय दिया जा सके। इसका साधन द्विभाषिक शिक्षा के माध्यम से और अंग्रेजी के साथ हिंदी साहित्य को प्रोत्साहित करके हो सकता है।

पाठ्यक्रम का विकास: हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा के लिए पाठ्यक्रम को समय-समय पर सुधारते रहने की आवश्यकता है ताकि यह समकालिक शैक्षिक मानकों को पूरा कर सके। इसमें डिजिटल शिक्षा साधनों, अपडेटेड पाठ्यक्रम पुस्तकों को शामिल करना और हिंदी में अनुसंधान को प्रोत्साहित करना शामिल है।

शिक्षक प्रशिक्षण: हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा की गुणवत्ता को बेहतर बनाने के लिए शिक्षक प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रमों में निवेश करना महत्वपूर्ण है। अच्छे तरीके से प्रशिक्षित शिक्षक शिक्षा का अनुभव और प्रभावी बना सकते हैं।

डिजिटल समावेशन: प्रौद्योगिकी का सहारा लेने से हिंदी और अंग्रेजी माध्यम शिक्षा के बीच के अंतर को कम करने में मदद मिल सकती है। हिंदी में डिजिटल सामग्री छात्रों के लिए सुलभ और आकर्षक शिक्षा प्रदान कर सकती है।

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निष्कर्षण भारत में हिंदी माध्यम शिक्षा भाषाई विविधता को संरक्षित करने, छात्रों को उनकी जड़ों से जोड़ने और नगरीय-ग्रामीण भिन्न को निष्कर्षित करने के महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाती है। हालांकि, हिंदी को भाषा और शिक्षा का माध्यम विकसित करने का काम भारत की भाषाई विविधता और अंग्रेजी की प्रमुखता के कारण चुनौतियों का सामना कर रहा है। हिंदी को प्रोत्साहित करने और एक अधिक प्रगतिशील शिक्षा प्रणाली बनाने के लिए, हमें अंग्रेजी माध्यम स्कूलों में हिंदी को समान महत्व देना चाहिए, हिंदी पाठ्यक्रम को सुधारने, शिक्षक प्रशिक्षण में निवेश करने, और डिजिटल समावेशन को अपनाने का साहस करना होगा। इस तरह, हम सुनिश्चित कर सकते हैं कि हिंदी हमारी राष्ट्रीय पहचान और धरोहर का एक अभिन्न हिस्सा बनी रहती है, साथ ही हमारी युवा पीढ़ी को एक और अधिक समावेशी और उज्ज्वल भविष्य के लिए तैयार करते हैं।

इस हिंदी दिवस, चलिए हम अपनी संस्कृति और भाषा को नई ऊँचाइयों तक पहुँचाने का संकल्प लें। यह समय है हमारे शिक्षा प्रणाली में हिंदी की भूमिका का पुनर्मूल्यांकन करने का। प्रारंभिक शिक्षा से उच्च अध्ययन तक, हिंदी को एक मौलिक भाषा के रूप में पहचाना जाना चाहिए। छात्रों को हिंदी में संवाद करने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करना चाहिए, बिना किसी डर या भेदभाव के। परिवर्तन हमारे अंदर से शुरू होता है। हमारे दैनिक जीवन में हिंदी को ग्रहण और प्रोत्साहित करने का समय आ गया है, और वैश्विक मंच में। इसके द्वारा, हम न केवल अपनी सांस्कृतिक धरोहर को संरक्षित करते हैं, बल्कि भाषाओं के वैश्विक चादर के योजनाकारों में भी योगदान करते हैं। हिंदी दिवस केवल एक उत्सव का दिन नहीं है; यह हमारे भाषा, संस्कृति, और राष्ट्रीय धरोहर के प्रति हमारे प्रतिबद्धता का एक स्मरण है। मिलकर, हम हिंदी को एक एकता, समावेशन, और वैश्विक महत्व की भाषा बना सकते हैं।

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Teaching EQ to Youngsters!

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Did you know that we have two brains and two minds in general?

One is rational and the other is emotional. And they are two totally different kinds of intelligence. With the dawn of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) spreading rapidly in the lives of our children, amongst families, with the parents, in schools and its curriculum the poignant question is;

How To Create Emotionally Intelligent Children?

The theory of EQ is usually considered rather profound and complex. However, if we dig a bit deeper, we start realizing, there are ways to simplify it and make it practical. The world of EQ advocates working closely with our emotions. The emotions that we all are born with. A newborn baby arrives with an array of emotions. It is a compulsory package that unfolds step by step through various life experiences.

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A few years ago the concept of EQ gained more attention when Daniel Goleman, an American Author, Psychologist, and Science journalist, reported on the brain and behavioral sciences. The theory of Six Basic Human Emotions- of fear, joy, love, surprise, sadness, and anger resurfaced.

Interestingly, these elements of human emotions were also deeply embedded in our Vedic literature, Indian spiritual scriptures and writings, an impressive and astonishing work by our great thinkers, sages, and philosophers thousands of years ago. Emotions then, have always been around – validated by both Science and Spirituality.

Children are a bundle of intense energy. If we ever want to understand emotions in the most simple ways, it is through them. They are a representation of what every emotion is supposed to be. Raw and real.

And this is why, the best time to build EQ is early and every day.

Building EQ is a process. When babies coo, they are communicating. When infants cry they are sharing a message. When toddlers throw tantrums, they are sharing confusion. When preschoolers shout, they are sharing discomfort. At school, at college, and in life as an adult, everybody uses emotions as tools to communicate.

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It is not just a parent’s or a teacher’s job to build emotionally intelligent children, it is the work of everybody as a team. Here is how we can start.

1. Talking about emotions: There is no perfect age to talk about emotions. Emotions are a part of our everyday life, hence talking about them every day can be made as a natural practice. To ask questions such as ‘How are you feeling today?’, ‘What happens if you listen to a sad story?’, ‘What makes you happy- music or playing with friends?’ The purpose is to normalize talking about how children are feeling at home and school.
Tip: Use stories. Stories are great conversation starters.

2. Adding words to every emotion: The way adults feel anger is different from how children experience it. EQ is to bring awareness to how one ‘feels’ a specific emotion. With children, parents and teachers can begin with defining one emotion at a time. For eg. Asking questions such as ‘What do you do when you feel happy?’ , ‘What happens when you feel scared? Or ‘What do you mean when you say you are feeling sad?’ The idea is to help children identify what happiness and sadness mean to THEM as it is a unique experience.
Tip: Begin with one powerful question every day, ‘What was your most dominant feeling today?’

3. Sharing your own emotions: As adults, we are orchestrated to suppress our emotions in front of our children as parents and as teachers. Children learn better through observations. The best way to open channels to bring EQ in everyday life is to share your own vulnerabilities with children. The more teachers and parents share how they feel about their own behavior and that of others, the easier it will be for children to understand that it is natural and they will in turn learn to own, express, and channelize their emotions.
Tip: Use everyday situations to talk about emotions. Fancy worksheets, creative activities, videos add value, but the simplest way to begin is to simply be honest about how you are feeling to the youngsters.

4. To respond rather than react! Awareness is everything. One classic way to help children build a strong EQ is to help them deal with them gently. To let them know that it is okay to feel jealous, angry, sad, and embarrassed. But, to teach them age-appropriate ways to express the same emotions in a healthy manner. For eg. To pause before reacting, to ask for help, to share with someone close, to state them in words. A child can be taught that when he or she is angry, instead of hitting someone else or screaming, they can simply express what made them angry.
Tip: Art, stories, and interaction – all have a key role to play here.

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5. They are tools! The children of today are quick absorbers and have higher processing speeds. Emotions can be powerful tools that can be used every day. A secret to understanding their friends, to share an idea, to deal with failures, and also to be successful in their everyday goals. The more we show them the potency of the emotions, the more they will learn to channelize them and use it to their benefit.
Tip: Share examples of inspiring stories or people who have achieved goals through self-belief, through love, and being positive. Explain to children how emotions are a very powerful tool to be used to create themselves, better relationships, and life, in general.

The only way to help children learn about emotions is to simplify it. Just raising the awareness levels to something that naturally exists. To stay open and vulnerable and let them know it’s okay. To feel love. To feel resentment. To be happy, and sad. Peaceful and angry. We go through the entire gamut – so why deny it to our young ones?

Every exchange that children have with their parents, teachers, and friends are moments of profound possibilities – for them to accept and embrace emotions, to channelize and use this power to create their best versions. Emotion is energy in motion – let’s give direction to it for our young ones!

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