Our idea of education is a very strong component of The Viveka Academy Sr. Sec. School. We explore the very basis of why we send our children to school. Why do we? To get an education, to be educated!
Yes, but – what is education? In the broadest sense – any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. Here is the dictionary entry for education: The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
AThe learning process should result in growth and development. We want our children to acquire different skills, gain knowledge, build character and develop a strong personality. That is the reason we have developed our own way of education. The school is the first formal institution the child joins and becomes part of the community. The immediate family and school are two organizations that interact with the child on a very regular basis and therefore the two have a major influence on the child. Parents of course, want the very best for the children. They are always looking for the choicest opportunities within their scope and sometimes beyond it, for the benefit of their children. One of the opportunities that parents look for is enrolling the child in the ‘right’ school. And then, with the best intentions at heart, (to give the child a lot of exposure and academic support) parents sign the child up for a lot of extra classes for a lot of different things. What does that result in? We make the child’s life a mad rush – the child shuttles between school and home with a very heavy backpack, then between tuition classes and home, hobby classes and home, sports ground and home. And finally when the child comes home, there is homework from these activities that has to be done. Can we expect our children to have any ‘enlightening’ experience when education is presented to them in this way? Absolutely not. The Viveka Academy Sr. Sec. School totally deals with these types of situations and many more. We understand that the right to education is not just a right to basic education where information is handed over to the child. It has to be an informative, enjoyable, wholesome experience. We try to present ‘education’ to the child in a way that the child can assimilate it. We develop our own techniques and methods. We observe and evaluate how well the child grasps the ideas. If there is a problem, we work on the educational methods again. The result is an educational method that actually works. The knowledge transfer happens without stressing out the child. The child assimilates the gathered information and understands it. Then, education is a truly ‘enlightening’ experience. This is also a requirement of the real world. In the age that we live in, information is readily available – it is what we can do with it that is important. The days of mugging up information and using the brain as an information storage device are passé. The new age demands application and analysis, good problem solving skills and strong conceptual understanding. The next-gen also needs good communication skills and interaction with the community. And all this is neatly integrated into The Viveka Academy Sr. Sec. School.