"Education is the only weapon which has the power to change the world."
The future of any country depends on its working force that drives the economy and ultimately helps in the development of the nation. But there's one significant part of this whole process that's complex and missing in our country, India. It's 'education'.
Now when I say that education is missing, it doesn't imply that schools are missing because there are more than 12,85,576 primary education schools (according to 2009's govt. data) in India, but the problem is that even all of them together cannot deliver what is expected.
Since 1947, we've made a massive progress regarding the quality of knowledge and the different career choices that we can provide to the younger generation, but gaining a professional degree is not possible for every student, and the reasons could be many.
So, we at WittyFeed have tried to look at the fundamental problems in the system and have attempted to find the probable solution.
Have a look!
The current Indian education system was formed during the industrial revolution (when British colonial rule still existed in our country). During those times, people used to spend all their life doing just one thing on a daily routine.
For instance, if someone studied pharmacy, then he/she used to become a chemist for the lifetime.
Apparently, the syllabus in our books did change, but the format and system remained the same. Time changed fast, but unfortunately, our system couldn't cope-up with its pace.
The results? Well, our system failed to integrate the concept of an alternate profession which is prevailing around the world.
Wait a minute; we're not here to brag about the problems; instead, let's talk about the possible solution.
"Har bachche ki apni khoobi hoti hai, apni kabiliyat hoti hai, apni chahat hoti hai." - Taare Zameen Par
After 5th standard (Age of 11-12), a student can be put through 'a skill identification system' that'll not be based on the marks s/he gets; instead, its major focus will be on identifying the skills in which they are good at.
It could be possible that there's a student who is good at writing, painting, and sketching but performs averagely. This test can be taken every year until the student discovers the skill of his/her interest and strength.
Students can be given a specific number of hours during the day/week where they can work on their skills and develop them all together under someone's specialized mentorship. For instance, if a student is good at programming, they can be provided a mentor at school who will teach the basics of programming, how to create a primary website and all.
"Duniya mai aise aise heere paida hue hain, jinhone iss duniya ka naksha hi badal diya... Kyunki ye duniya ko apni alag nazar se dekh paaye." - Taare Zameen Par
A central system can be built to track the performance of a student in the identified skillset and studies, and it will be monitored to calculate their growth and interest. Further, the student may get a chance to work with a professional mentor who can teach them valuable skills. Just like an internship.
Suppose, the skill identification system reflects that the student is good at marketing, but it could be possible that this interest in marketing may not last long and the student starts to lose his/her interest. Based on these failure indicators, a new career choice can be given to such student, so they won't end up taking the wrong career option.
Their working time on the skillset can be increased at regular intervals. For instance, a student in the 7th standard may spend one hour after school, practicing the skillset, in 8th standard, it can be 2 hours, and in 9th it can be increased further to shape the student's interest and subject knowledge of skills.
"Gyaan toh gyaan hota hai, fir chahe wo zubaani ho ya likhit." - Taare Zameen Par
Entrepreneurship should be that one thing which everyone aims at. For instance, what if in the last year of school, students who have the same interest get the prize money of Rs. 50,000 or more (from their parents, government, investors) to bootstrap a startup that has the possibility of turning into a global company someday?
The most important thing which we need to introduce in our education system is to teach students how to face failures in life, how to tackle them and move on. They should not be discouraged when they fail.
Students must be taught to learn from their failures. If done correctly, this practice can reduce the study pressure/stress suicide cases in India with a considerable margin.
Instead, as part of the skill development program when students will be exposed to practical knowledge, then they may refer to books on their own for more in-depth understanding of the subject. The crucial component in the entire process will be mentors who will guide students in the right direction.
There are a lot of NGOs and Charitable Foundations that are already giving their best to promote quality education and knowledge building at the initial years of students' life.
For instance, there's Singhal Foundation, founded by Dr. Amit Singhal and Mrs. Shilpa Singhal. Singhal Foundation provides quality education to children for free who are financially underprivileged.
Identifying the talented students from government schools, this foundation provides them private school exposure for their overall development; along with rich support system that includes books, counseling, extra-curricular activities.
In case you know a bright child who deserves a better quality education, click here.
That's all, folks!