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In­dian Learn­ers Own Acad­emy or­ga­nized a two days’ work­shop for the Prin­ci­pals and as­pir­ing Prin­ci­pals of Kuwait Chap­ter Schools, un­der the aegis of the Coun­cil of CBSE Af­fil­i­ated Schools in the Gulf, at the LOA Au­di­to­rium.

The theme of this work­shop was “THE LEARNER- KEY TO SCHOOL EX­CEL­LENCE .” The Re­source Per­son was Dr. Senthil Ku­maran, who is the Co-founder and Chief Con­flu­encer of ‘The Learn­ers Con­flu­ence’. The host in­sti­tu­tion in­vited H. E. Mr. Su­nil Jain, the Hon­or­able Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Kuwait as the Chief Guest for the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony.

The au­di­to­rium was il­lu­mined with in­tel­lec­tu­als and the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony com­menced with the light­ing of the lamp by His Ex­cel­len­cyMr. Su­nil Jain. Hon­or­able Prin­ci­pal and Con­vener of Coun­cil of CBSE Schools, Kuwait Chap­ter - Mrs. Asha Sharma, in­tro­duced the es­teemed Chief Guest and the Re­source Per­son. She also wel­comed all the dig­ni­taries and par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous In­dian Schools of Kuwait. Mr. D.K. Sharma, the Chair­man of ILOA also graced the oc­ca­sion.

His Ex­cel­lency- Mr. Su­nil Jain ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and felt hon­ored to be the Chief Guest. He also stressed on the need to ex­tend qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the grow­ing In­dian com­mu­nity in Kuwait, and con­grat­u­lated Mrs. Asha Sharma for or­ga­niz­ing this work­shop. The in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony con­cluded with a photo ses­sion. The host in­sti­tu­tion en­sured that ev­ery as­pect of the event was or­ga­nized with great care.

The first day ses­sion be­gan after a tea break and hand­outs were given to all the par­tic­i­pants.

Dr. Senthil Ku­maran started the ses­sion by in­tro­duc­ing the ABC of ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem:A- Aware­ness B- Build­ing com­pe­tency and ca­pa­bil­i­ties C- Change Each school should have a VMV Vi­sion Mis­sion Val­ues.

Dr. Senthil fur­ther elab­o­rated that for any in­sti­tu­tion to bring about a pos­i­tive change, we should have unique­ness in our prac­tices. To achieve this, we must fol­low the for­mula 4A+ 2I = C, where the 4 A’s are aware­ness, as­sess­ment, ac­cep­tance and at­ti­tude. The 2 I’s are I=in­di­vid­ual & I= In­sti­tu­tion. This will lead to C= change. The fol­low­ing points were also in­cluded:Learn­ing should be con­tin­ual and not con­tin­u­ous. In­sti­tu­tions should iden­tify in­di­vid­u­als from time to time. In­sti­tu­tions should check their les­son plans and keep mod­i­fy­ing (if re­quired) from time to time. Ex­am­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee should make a note about the er­rors in the ques­tion pa­pers and be care­ful next time. Work­sheets should be per­son­al­ized and ac­cord­ing to the level of each child. Re­peated be­hav­iour and pat­tern to be changed by teach­ers.

Be­fore the lunch break, an in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­ity named ‘Bingo’ was con­ducted. This helped all the par­tic­i­pants to know more about each other. Each one en­joyed a lot and then pro­ceeded for a lunch break. After a won­der­ful lunch, Dr. Senthil started the next topic “The Learner- Bridg­ing Ex­pec­ta­tions & Needs.” Dr. Senthil ex­pressed that, to know about the learner, it is im­por­tant to have the parental pro­file. He made the ses­sion very in­ter­ac­tive and fol­low­ing points were dis­cussed:Evolv­ing of child is the process of learn­ing and learn­ing hap­pens through the prac­tices of school. Op­por­tu­ni­ties should be given to a child to im­prove their per­for­mance. Let stu­dents take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own work. This will help them to evolve. Ev­ery child needs some mo­ti­va­tion to suc­ceed. Day 2, be­gan with the topic on Em­pow­er­ing the Learner- Tools & Strate­gies.

Co-op­er­a­tive learn­ing:- We must cre­ate space for co-op­er­a­tive learn­ing.

To show the im­por­tance and ef­fect of co­op­er­a­tive learn­ing, teach­ers were asked to per­form a hi­lar­i­ous ac­tiv­ity wherein teach­ers formed groups to per­form-skit, role play, story writ­ing, po­etry writ­ing and en­act­ing etc. The fol­low­ing points were also cov­ered :Let stu­dents be ex­posed to prob­lems and let them learn to find the so­lu­tion. Teach­ers should ask open ended ques­tions. Use tech­nol­ogy ap­pro­pri­ately and to a limit. Do not overuse it. Plan for a de­sired ob­jec­tive. A teacher should get con­nected to the learner emo­tion­ally. Form an obit­u­ary- A per­sonal vi­sion for your­self. Fi­nally the ses­sion con­cluded with a very mean­ing­ful state­ment- “STOP TEACH­ING AND START REACH­ING.”

Mrs. Asha Sharma gra­ciously thanked all the par­tic­i­pants for be­ing a part of the work­shop and re­quested one mem­ber from each school to ex­press their views about the work­shop.

Dr. Senthil Ku­maran ac­corded the cer­tifi­cates to each par­tic­i­pant who at­tended the work­shop.

The work­shop was in­deed a won­der­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A very in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with lot of ex­am­ples given from our day to day life and also from the schools around the globe. It’s time for us to pull up our socks and start in­tro­spect­ing our­selves.

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