Futuristic domains for learners

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Greetings!

The festive season has started. With the pooja holidays in many schools and the ensuing Diwali preparations, the schools tend to focus on several activities that would enrich the cultural and societal ambience in schools and thereby facilitate learners to avail some interesting aspects of extended informal learning. This is indeed an important dimension of the learning process that allows the learners to peep outside their textbooks and the formal curriculum to understand the world around them better. The informal learning has indeed outwitted the compulsions of the formal learning systems.

With the advent of technology, the access to learning informally has enlarged and the learners reach several corridors of knowledge on their own to examine whether they would make a meaning to their own aptitudes and help in fulfilment of their dreams. Further, the emergences of several newer portals of knowledge have provided opportunities to the learners to seek newer domain of content and skills, examine newer pedagogical approaches to make their learning joyful. They are happy to explore these new challenges with curiosity and a sense of adventurism. Technology has further simplified many of the tools of learning to enhance the skill, scale and speed of learning.

In the current issue, we take cognizance of a number of such futuristic domains through which our learners can position their career meaningfully in the future world of work. Topics like Financial literacy, Blended learning, Exploring the future are indeed topics of interest to curious learners. All the above are impacting school learning systems and the kind of leadership required to lead the schools of the future. We are indeed conscious of these challenges and hence are keen in designing learning strategies to prepare the future leaders.

Happy to note that the journey we commenced through this magazine has taken off very well. The feedback on the quality, relevance, context and presentation of themes that would be of interest to the school community has been quite satisfying.

I thank all the authors for sharing their wealth of knowledge to the school community. I place on record my sincere appreciation to Sonal Khurana, editor and his team for all the logical support they have been giving from time to time. I also profusely thank Himanshu Gupta, the Chairman of the S. Chand group for his unqualified support in the design of the thought architecture of this magazine.

Balasubramanian
Editor-in- Chief