Monthly Archives: December 2012

‘Art of Living at Rs 600/- per month for a family of 5’

Rs 600/- enough to feed a family of five!!! Did I hear right? Is it our Chief minister’s statement? If it is so I feel poverty can be eliminated instantly at least in Delhi and people can live a contented life setting an example for other states too. And for this she deserves a title no less than  ‘Rajya Mata’.

I appeal Honorable CM Madam Sheila Dixit to calculate how much would be enough for her family as per the rate suggested by her and donate rest of her total income to public welfare fund. She must also make it mandatory for her ministers and officers in her state.

It would be great if she could calculate a sum for other facilities that she enjoys like Medical, education, travel etc…so that many more families can get benefit from the surplus money after deducting the fixed sum from her and her ministers allowances …

Next, I would request her with folded hands to please visit each household with her party men and educate people and teach this ‘Art of Living at Rs 600/- for a family of 5’ . Hope it won’t be tiresome as they have practiced knocking doors many a time  while asking for votes. This is time to repay the debt of public for electing her their CM…

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Trends & Innovation in Education

Just back to Mumbai after a Two Days Training conference and Workshop for Education Heads & Change makers. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, interact & know about the education systems of five (Finland, USA, Australia, Hong Kong & Singapore) of the top ten countries in education across the globe right from their educators & policy makers. These countries are among TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study) and PISA (Programme for International Student assessment) worldwide toppers.
Can’t resist sharing some of the beauties of the education system & their thoughts as shared by:

Ms. Pirjo Koivula, Counselor of Education, Finnish National Board of Education, FINLAND

i) 3-things Finnish people value most are: Education, education & education

ii) You ask which school is best in Finland for your child’s education and answer is: The one nearest to your home

iii) Every child has the right to be supported in learning and school attendance as soon as the need arises (written in legislation)

iv) The support in learning & attendance is intensified by three stages – a) general support b) Intensified support c) Special support

v) Support is collaborative effort invoving all teachers, students, the pupil, his parents & welfare personal

vi) assessing support needs and offering the necessary support is an INTEGRAL PART OF A TEACHER’S WORK  under all teaching situations. NO TEACHER CAN SAY IT’S NOT MY JOB.

vii) High quality of teachers: Each teacher has a master’s degree even at Primary level

viii) Word ‘Control’ doesn’t exist as the high standards for education are set and institutions have to meet them. Schools are autonomous

No wonder, Finland is at the top in terms of Education and the country has achieved this only within a short period of time, one decade.

Ms. Stella Fernandez, Master teacher, Creative & Thinking Classrooms, Recipient of Presidential Award, SINGAPORE

i)                    School has One Principal & two vice principals so as to maintain the quality of education

ii)                   Knowledge is easily accessible & don’t waste time testing it.

iii)                 Value & character building is the core of education to make children socially responsible, inculcate a sense of shared values & respect each other’s differences.

Dr. Mindy Blaise, Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Co-Director , Centre for Childhood Research & Innovation, China

i)                    Education is free up to 15years of age to everyone.

ii)                   Rote learning max.10 min.

iii)                 Don’t worry, because children always don’t LISTEN you; worry because children always WATCH you

Mr. Dave Faulkner, Director of Education Changemakers, Australia(Australian of the year,WA-2004 and Young Leader of the year,WA-2003)

i)                    No Education system can be any better than the quality of its TEACHERS. So invest in teachers’ empowerment

ii)                   If you have an extra rupee to spend, don’t SPEND it to reduce your class size; INVEST it in improving the quality of your teachers.

iii)                 When it comes to change-Much more than ownership is AUTHORSHIP

iv)                 RELATIONSHIP is CURRENCY to CHANGE. Build on it.

Mr. Bob Baratta Lorton, President, Center for Innovation in Education (not- for- profit organization), USA

His center instructors have provided curriculum training to over 500,000 teachers worldwide.

His passion for teaching is commendable and worth following. Got to know few wonderful innovative ideas to teach English and Maths & make it interesting from Mr. Bob.

Dr. Sunita Gandhi, Convener EDWW and co-founder Council for Global Education,USA

Ms. Gandhi shared her vision to revolutionize education in India & checklist to bring about the most needed change in our education system.

There was a lot more but can’t write anymore. So … Bye and happy sharing…

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