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Qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion is the ba­sis for the qual­ity of knowl­edge in so­ci­ety, says Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ma­hen­dra Reddy. Speak­ing dur­ing the 117th Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence last week, Mr Reddy stressed on the cru­cial role of School Heads and the teach­ers in pre­par­ing stu­dents for the con­tem­po­rary chal­lenges of the global so­ci­ety. Mr Reddy com­mented that “Schools are home away from home for the child.” He said schools were where the child spends the greater part of his/her day and teenage life. “As such, we are duty bound to pro­tect them, ed­u­cate them, love them, value them and pre­pare them for the fu­ture,” he said. “The child is the most pre­cious gift for their par­ents and we must give them that same value. “Ev­ery child is a ge­nius in his/her own way and our job is to recog­nise that tal­ent, pol­ish it and pave a path for the child to suc­ceed thereon.” He thanked all the school heads for their proac­tive roles dur­ing the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Win­ston and stated that this was a per­fect ex­am­ple of mod­ern day lead­er­ship whereby lead­ers went out of their way to take con­trol and own­er­ship of the sit­u­a­tion their schools were sub­jected to, all in the quest to safe­guard the wel­fare of the chil­dren. Mr Reddy said that as 21st cen­tury ed­u­ca­tors, it was their duty to back stu­dents to con­nect learn­ing with real life sit­u­a­tions and to pro­vide them with the nec­es­sary skills to pre­pare them for suc­cess. “As our global econ­omy de­vel­ops, our need to mould chil­dren for new ca­reers be­comes even more im­per­a­tive and chal­leng­ing,” he said.

“Our role is to talk about the is­sues af­fect­ing the global world with the chil­dren. We need to make them aware what these is­sues can do and what they must do to fight these con­cerns.

“Is­sues of ter­ror­ism, racism, sex­ism, abuse, cy­ber-crimes, adul­tery, drugs and sub­stance abuse, hu­man traf­fick­ing, cli­mate change etc need to be given sim­i­lar im­por­tance in schools so that we pre­pare our stu­dents for a safe and learned fu­ture.”

School lead­ers from around the coun­try dur­ing the 117th Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence open­ing last week.

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