A step to­wards excellence, uni­for­mity in ed­u­ca­tion

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Su­jatha Subra­man

Mum­bai: The world over, ed­u­ca­tion is un­der­go­ing a silent trans­for­ma­tion. Not just are bounds be­tween coun­tries di­min­ish­ing in this arena, ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences too are be­ing sorted out, mak­ing way for a level play­ing field for all.

In keep­ing with this view SAIBSA Univer­sity Guid­ance con­fer­ence was hosted by SAIBSA (South Asia In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Schools As­so­ci­a­tion) jointly with Uni­va­ri­ety an apex body for guid­ance and coun­selling on IB ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for South Asia re­gion.

In its third edi­tion, the two­day event ti­tled “SAIBSA Meet, Lead­er­ship and Univer­sity Guid­ance Con­fer­ence” was held at ITC Grand Cen­tral on Au­gust 26 and 27.

Over 300 school prin­ci­pals and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tors from top IB schools par­tic­i­pated in the progamme. Dr Ki­ran Bedi, Lt Gov­er­nor of Puducherry was the key­note speaker on the first day.

The lead­er­ship and UG con­fer­ence fo­cused on the theme “Stu­dent pre­pared­ness for 21st cen­tury” Kaisar Dopaishi, prin­ci­pal, Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional School and Pres­i­dent SAIBSA ex­plained, “SAIBSA’s col­lab­o­ra­tive net­work has al­ways had a fo­cus on lead­er­ship.

This year has fo­cused on lead­er­ship which in­cludes the prin­ci­pals, IB pro­gramme man­agers, ca­reer coun­sel­lors and stu­dents in its en­deav­our to mean­ing­fully ap­proach the IB ed­u­ca­tion.” The pro­gramme com­menced with a panel dis­cus­sion on ‘stu­dent pre­pared­ness for 21st cen­tury: How soon is too late?’

Priyam­vada Taneja, de­vel­op­ment and recog­ni­tion man­ager, In­dia, In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Or­gan­i­sa­tion spoke on IB out­reach for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. Jaideep Gupta, CEO, Uni­va­ri­ety high­lighted ‘undis­cove- red’ ben­e­fits of a college guid­ance sys­tem in­side schools.

“It is great to see ad­min­is­tra­tors from top schools of the coun­try so pas­sion­ately en­dors­ing the idea of college coun­selling and guid­ance. It is heart­en­ing to know that they be­lieve tech­nol­ogy is crit­i­cal to guid­ing stu­dents” he stated.

Dr R Varadara­jan, founder prin­ci­pal NES SVB group and sec­re­tary gen­eral, SAIBSA, said, “UGC in­vokes dis­cus­sions, pas­sion­ate de­bates and thought­ful in­tro­spec­tion amongst im­por­tant in­flu­encers of the fu­ture of the coun­try’s youth. This event is very im­por­tant as it draws an ef­fec­tive ac­tion plan to­wards the IB Ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with its apt theme of stu- dent pre­pared­ness.”

Ad­dress­ing the gather­ing on the topic “Un­leash­ing youth lead­er­ship in In­dia”, Dr Ki­ran Bedi, Lt Gov­er­nor of Puducherry, said, “Be­fore I joined the po­lice force, I started my ca­reer as a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence teacher. Ed­u­ca­tion is there­fore very close to my heart. All the teach­ers, par­ents, community lead­ers are the ma­jor change driv­ers in our coun­try. San­i­ta­tion and il­lit­er­acy are two as­pects which can change with the youth po­ten­tial to­day.”

The sec­ond day was fo­cussed on build­ing lead­ers of schools. Ma­jor high­lights in­cluded: a com­mon ple­nary ses­sion on youth min­istry, process of self-study review, spe­cial e-as­sess­ment for MYP (Mid­dle years pro­gramme) and ac­tion plan for PYP (Pri­mary years pro­gramme) and DP (Diploma pro­gramme). The UGC hosted college readi­ness which in­cluded align­ing aca­demic rigour be­tween high schools and univer­sity, un­der­stand­ing college ad­mis­sion process in US of A and lead­er­ships in schools.

Mukesh Shah

Ki­ran Bedi ad­dresses the au­di­ence dur­ing the con­fer­ence

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