Education should encompass totality of life


Jyoti Arora
Principal, Mount Abu Public School

Global Education is grounded in the sound awareness of one’s own cultural perspectives but a broader vision is necessary, especially in today’s times when the world is a global village and everything is interconnected and interlinked. Here’s more on the tenets of global education.

Global Education refers to an education that helps the young learners become globally aware and well equipped with the 21st century skills. Global Education builds among students the capacities to integrate a range of activities and sensitises them to make an effort that creates a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all. It aims at making the students appreciate the diversity that exists across the boundaries of their own nation. Global Education provides an inspired approach of bringing about change in our own society and is an active learning process based on the universal values of tolerance, harmony, co-operation and collaboration. It also seeks to raise awareness of global challenges such as poverty, unfair distribution of opportunities and resources, environmental degradation and climate change. It creates a more profound understanding of the complex issues, thus empowering the people of this planet to become active and responsible global citizens. The basic attributes of Global education are the openness to multiplicity of cultures and traditions that exist across the globe along with the willingness to explore the ethos of other countries along with the dynamic communication skills and a positive approach to deal with projects and programs pertaining to Internationalism in the curriculum.

Impact of global education on local and native thoughts and cultures

Jyoti AroraGlobal Education is grounded in the sound awareness of one’s own cultural perspectives but a broader vision is necessary, especially in today’s times when the world is a global village and everything is interconnected and interlinked. Thoughtful studies of other cultures provide learners with a technique to widen their perspectives and to realize that there are other ways of thinking that exist in other parts of the world. Not only can these studies provide a window on the world to learn about other cultures, but they can also provide deeper insights into the learners’ own cultural identities. It is a fact that Global Education brings in diversified concepts and ideas, some of which may be aligned and some may not be linked to cultures, thus causing a sense of misperception about their own cultures. It should be realised and valued that globalisation provides abundance of opportunities to absorb, explore the best of cultures, technology and customs.The links forged with other countries, and the wide range of experiences to learn about different ways of life, cannot be undermined. The pupils get a good understanding of other cultures, fostered through the school’s links with a school in other countries. An awareness and respect for other cultures is imperative. International dimension added to the curriculum enhances pupils’ cultural awareness. A comprehensive understanding of our own culture, traditions and customs is vital and core to the global education.

But, one cannot blindly follow the other cultures and develop a negative or undesirable annotation about our own. One must realise that each culture has their own set of rituals and customs. That should be respected and regarded but not followed without thoughtful consideration. The idea of globalisation is to promote national and international cooperation and nurture the innovations in the education system so as to reflect their own knowledge, dynamic intellectuality and inexhaustible creativity. It helps the institute to undertake, conduct and promote programs that enhance the highest aims of pedagogy and synthesis of knowledge-systems and internationalism. The students evaluate and analyse the ideas garnered from the fusion of the intellectual traditions of India and the West and take on the best of each world to shine with complete luminosity and radiance.

What institutions should do?

Every act provides a prospect to improvise and tread on the path of success. The institutions nurturing global education systems should form a designated cell to streamline the international based activities and form collaborative links and associations. The International Co-ordinator should be appointed with well-defined role and team members that take the spirit of Global Education all across the school environment. A well defined programme schedule and planning along with micro planning at every stage will provide a crystal clear vision to undertake activities that would create an ambience of internationalism and promote the concept of world citizenship. It should be the duty and the responsibility of the educational institute to uphold the spirit of our very own culture in the highest regard and the deviations are included with positivity and complete understanding that the other cultures can have ideas that can boost more acceptance.

How native systems can raise up to global standards?

There is no denying of the fact that India’s culture is rich, vibrant and highly valued across the world. Its education system is competent and good enough to meet the world standards but there is always a scope of upgrading oneself to the next level. Inclusions of technology and innovative teaching techniques that can be inspired by the teaching pedagogies of other countries so that the future of the world- our young students get an exposure to the understanding of the concepts with a broad vision and extensive approach ensuring that the native systems are progressed to the level that creates new concepts and perceptions.

Native vs global education…

Change is the only thing that is constant on this planet. It is true that the basic concepts and tenets of knowledge are uniform in every part of the world but still the way the same is imparted considering the customs, habits and rituals of the learner in the circumference of their own territory. The ultimate idea is to ensure that the concepts are understood well and the learners achieve the highest degree of creativity. The learning should be such that it can be applied in any of the situation in any part of the world irrespective of the place where the knowledge has been grasped. Education should be viewed as a long-term social investment for the promotion of social unity and cultural development. If required, the existing education system should be revamped to suit global scenario. Education is about the preparation of unprepared minds. Preparation of mind involves enormous inputs and efforts on the part of all stakeholders. Education should be concerned with the totality of life and not with immediate responses to immediate challenges.There is no choice but to cope with the demands of a fast-changing environment and produce future leaders equipped with all the skills that are globally acceptable and locally revolutionary.

Jyoti Arora, Principal, Mount Abu Public School, is a passionate and dedicated educationist with 25+ years of experience as a teacher /trainer and leader. She is a member of CBSE Governing Body and CBSE Examination Committee. She has also mentored the CCE syllabus at its initial stage. She is associated with various organisations of high repute such as NPSC, Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools, Federation of Public School, Forum of Public School etc. She is the recipient of innumerable noteworthy awards such as “State Award” by Govt. of NCT, Delhi, CBSE Mentor Award to the Principal , CBSE Award to the Principals and many more. Further, She has been a part of various exchange programmes to foster the global vision for enhanced learning. She has attended many National & International conferences on “Leadership and Management”, and recent is 11th World Education Summit 2017 held at Dubai on “Quality Education”