A step towards excellence, uniformity in education
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.
Kiran Bedi addresses the audience during the conference