India CSR News Network
AMRITSAR: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises organised Convoke 2017, in continuation of the 10 year celebrations of the Satya Bharti School Program. The thematic conference addresses the challenges in imparting and strengthening quality education in rural India. Hosted at Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Fattubhila in Amritsar District, this is the third such conference in the series.
The conference series aims to cover a wide range of crucial issues related to current practices in the achievement of quality in school education, enhancing teacher capability and exploring best practices from different schools/educational institutions. In addition to providing a forum for discussion, it also promotes collaboration and intellectual exchange for all those interested in the fields of research and practice. The conference serves as a common collaborative platform for networking and knowledge sharing among the peers of Academia.
Addressing the gathering, Mamta Saikia, COO, Bharti Foundation said, “We strongly believe in education beyond meeting of immediate academic needs, by equipping children to face real life situations. The role of Real Life Curriculum is especially relevant in the rural context where children have limited opportunities and face socio-economic challenges.”
The academic and non-academic processes at Satya Bharti Schools serving rural pockets and children from marginalised sections are a true a testimony of such an effort. As educators taking charge of this task, it is gratifying to partake in a discussion that is concurrent to Bharti Foundation’s emphasis on holistic development of students. It is a privilege to provide this platform of knowledge exchange and share good practices from our schooling system with the wider sector.
The conference brought together academicians, research scholars, curriculum developers and think tanks to share their insights on the need of ‘Real Life Curriculum’ in the school education system, with a special focus on rural India. The sharing of sectorial experience and best practices is intended to energise curricula that reflect various aspects of “Real Life”; holding the potential of becoming a determining factor in every aspect of school education and leading to the development and training of young minds towards Nation building.
As a participant of the conference Dr Sukhdev Singh, Professor and Ex HOD, Department of English, Guru Nanak Dev University added, “Convoke 2017 has created an opportunity for all of us at the local level to share and learn from each other. As educators we teach our students that the learning process never stops and the papers presented today provided fresh and welcome perspectives on the importance of integrating ‘real life curricula’ in the education system.”