"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
It is indeed an honour to be associated with a process as noble and as indispensable to the development of humanity, as educating young minds. I believe that it is in our classroom that the future of our world sits today – it is from this classroom that the leaders of tomorrow will arise. It is a fact that, we will retire in a world that will be run by our students.
And we need to prepare them to run it well!
It is therefore imperative to nurture these young minds, to provide them with an environment conducive to effective learning – a learning that extends beyond the barriers of textbook chapters, and ventures out of the four walls of the classroom – a learning that challenges outdated beliefs and conventions, and strives to constantly reinvent itself – a learning that remains, long after the lesson is forgotten.
As John Dewey, the educationist rightly said, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”. It is important that education keep pace with the rapidly evolving needs of mankind. There is a need to shift the focus from delivery of content to developing life skills, for education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think and navigate through situations. Let us therefore teach our young learners not to agree and memorize, but to reason and reflect, to wonder, to explore, to analyse, to question, to create, to adapt and most importantly, to be aware, informed and compassionate individuals.