Dr. VS Garg, Hon. Education Advisor, Apeejay Education Society, talks to Careers360 about various aspects of the group’s schools which make them stand out…

Q. How has your school used technology to impart education?

A. Our computer labs and classrooms are equipped with the latest multimedia hardware and software with emphasis on Digital Aided Learning, Internet Education and evaluation through online projects.We focus on the continuous evolvement of computer education programme to keep pace with the latest technological advances such as cloud computing, open-source technologies, internet technologies, ICT tools, etc. We incorporate extensive use of Moodle Learning Management System in teaching-learning, with a dedicated account for each student and faculty, in order to promote collaborative lesson planning, enhanced transparency, student engagement and active parent participation in their ward’s holistic development. 

Focus on developing 21st century skills

Q. Do you give much emphasis on teachers’ training, and how do you go about it?

A. Teacher training is an integral part of the teaching-learning process we adhere to. For us, it is the backbone of the dynamic approach to education that we follow. We have in-built systems to ensure our continuous and seamless in-service teacher training programme, known as ‘Self Sustainable and Continuous Programme for Professional Development of Teachers’. We encourage teachers to attend ‘Capacity Building Programmes’, being organised by government agencies like NCERT, CBSE and NUPA. We also encourage teachers to introspect, imagine and research by analysing, synthesising and creating knowledge resources. 

Q. How do you foster curiosity and critical thinking in a child?

A. We encourage transferable skills such as analytical problem-solving, thinking skills, organisational leadership and interpersonal skills, through various projects and activities. We focus on the development of 21st century skills, viz. critical thinking, creativity, collaborative and communication skills. Inquiry-based learning is promoted along with teacher-directed sessions. The focus is not only to give a strong academic foundation to the students but also the skill set required to be effective in any facet of their future life. 

Q. How do you balance academic performance and extracurricular activities? 

A. We follow an integrated curriculum which seamlessly includes both scholastic and co-scholastic pursuits. We ensure the physical and emotional well-being of the students through a gamut of activities like sports, arts and crafts, performing arts, yoga, gymnastics, etc. We strive to achieve a balance between the creative as well as logical faculties of the students so that the co-scholastic activities actually play a role in augmenting those faculties of the student which are desirable for better academic performances.

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