Reflections on the Year gone By
Swami Vivekananda believed in self-education. He believed that each of us is his or her own teacher. The external teacher only guides and inspires the inner teacher to rise up and start working to develop the child. Hence discussing the role of external teacher Swami Vivekanand said, “Teacher is a philosopher, friend and guide helping the educand to go forward in this own way.”
Self-education is at the very core of our educational pedagogy at Seth MR Jaipuria Schools. We seek to transform the classroom from a teaching space to a space of exploration, evolution, interaction and as a result, of learning.
The world is changing extremely rapidly. Jobs and business models of today are not likely to survive even to through the point when our school-going children of today start their careers. In this context, it is important for the school to imbibe abilities and values that are going to transcend the change in roles and careers. These include the ability to learn continuously, to work hard, and to solve problems. The ability to connect and empathize with people from diverse social and economic backgrounds is gaining increasing importance in a world driven by people and ideas.
Success and happiness can not be driven by ability alone. They must have a strong foundation in values. We must develop the inherent goodness in each of our students. We must develop a sense of service and patriotism through continued involvement and understanding of social contexts. Moreover, health well-being, and all rounded development must be nurtured through active participation in sports and opportunities for development of artistic talent and appreciation.
We are confident that each of our schools will provide the right atmosphere to allow our children to pursue their dreams, and help them to develop abilities and imbibe values, which would serve them eternally, irrespective of where they choose to go in life.
I am also encouraged by the increasing percentage of girls in our various schools. As famously said “If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” Today, women and girls in India are succeeding and bringing allocates to the country and pride and joy to their family more than ever before. Be it the field of sports through the successes of Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, or films through the international success of the likes of Priyanka Chopra or business where Indra Nooyi, Chandna Kochhar, Arundhati Bhattacharya are leading global organizations, there are examples all around. But an even bigger unseen change is taking place at thousands of workplaces and homes, where millions of women are contributing in equal measure as men towards the success of their organisations and their families. Our schools are a place where women would be nurtured for their rightful roles as successful role models for generations to come.
In the past few years, we at Seth MR Jaipuria Schools have grown from strength to strength towards our vision of making high quality education available outside the confines of few metropolitan and large cities or few posh locaties within a these cities. In 2016, we have moved from 6 to 9 schools with new schools at Hardoi, Lucknow (Faizabad Road) and Sultanpur. We are planning on launching new schools in Bairaich, Balia, Lucknow (Kanpur Road) and Varanasi (Babatbur) in April 2017. As a group we are touching the lives of 10,000+ students every day. We see this number doubling to 20,000 active students in the next 3 years.
The response of parents, students, teachers and society at large encourages us to work harder to continuously create and evolve into better schools for India’s present and future.
Vice Chairman, Jaipuria Group