The pandemic has taught us the meaning, value and impact of things, people and systems we had almost taken for granted. Nirmala Jose, visionary educator, shares her thoughts on this Teachers Day.
September 5, 2021
The pandemic has provided a glimpse to regular parents on the stress and strain strain a teacher goes through to impart a value based education - In a rich, diverse, creative, energetic and unique diaspora of learners with varied learning needs
The return to offices cannot be successful if not augmented by the return to classrooms. The mental, social and academic learning gap in kids, productivity lag in certain working adults especially single parents, specialist provision for SNE and the economic impact of ignoring this are all lessons that will be etched in the scrolls of human history.
We are at an inflection point to capture Toffler -The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
To the torchbearers who worked from
Home ages before a pandemic, who would stay awake thinking about that one child, The ones who would go that extra mile, The ones who moved the child from a D grade to a C grade, The teacher who spotted singing talent in an introverted child, The teacher who watched over your kids not even in her own class, The teacher who dressed up the classroom with her own money, The teacher who became a confidante, The teacher who read between the lines by interpreting a child’s eyes.
Here is celebrating the unsung or rather less sung about heroes who tirelessly weave the fabric of society by creating leaders, thinkers and conscientious workers.
Teachers - here is celebrating you as you are trained and committed to dealing with volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments - a VUCA world that the children as well as adults need to navigate with a new perspective and new tools for better outcomes for the world.
Nirmala Jose Educator
About the author:
Nirmala Jose through her work as a teacher, leader, educationalist and edupreneur spanning over 4 decades has constantly challenged the staple of conformity & standardisation in education by replacing it with her own value based education model. Having founded 3 schools and with several accolades under her belt including a Guinness Book of World Records, Nirmala has been hailed as a visionary change maker, a beacon of high quality affordable education and a harbinger of innovation in the world of education