Conglomeration of skills, cultural values and ethics underscores conceptual education as requisite

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You have acquired a long experience in the education sphere. Based on your experience, what should the forthcoming school education of Nepal be like that can sustain in the 21st century?

I believe education delivery in a-21st century Nepal should resemble Nepalese soil and geographical diversity. And the education should be delivered differently in different regions of the country based on their territorial relevance. For an instance, In the Terai region, the priority should be given to agriculture-based education; hospitality-based education should be promoted in the hilly region; and education about medicinal herbs should be considered essential for the Himalayan region. In this way, the curriculum should be prepared based on the resources available in particular geographical regions. In the same line, education should be linked with science, technology and cultural ethics. In fact, practical and proactive education is the need of present situation in Nepal

At present, the slogan “education with skills, culture and ethics” is amplifying. How far have you reached to embrace this slogan in order to hoist the flag of quality education?

Manakamana Secondary School was established in 2038AD by respected educationist, Jagannath Devkota with a motto “creativity and humanity”. So, the school has been imparting quality education linking it with creativity, humanity, ethics, life and nature. Practical orientation has been our priority from the very beginning of its establishment. We have emphasized that our students be adjustable in social, cultural and natural environment.

Similarly, Jaya Multiple Campus has also been following the same trend as inculcation of ethical value in our students is our priority. In the present days, our teaching orientation is to connect education with skills, culture and technology that befit 21st century skills. In fact, a conglomeration of skills, cultural values and ethics makes a perfect education. Such education not only makes an individual more confident and adjustable in society it also makes him/her responsible towards family, community and society. Students build up their confidence through the ‘learning-by-doing’ approach or ‘activity-based’ approach. The students will get motivation to apply the moral values, such as respecting parents, loving juniors, respecting seniors, establishing interpersonal relation, maintaining good relation and interaction with neighbors and communities etc. Children will learn all these attributes at school.

Unfortunately, such education has not been ubiquitously introduced in Nepal which can be achieved with the combined efforts of the government and the private sector. Our orientation should be directed towards producing such human resources that are devoted to nation building and creation of job opportunities.

Your entailment in private sector education is significant and contributory, and your institutions’ efforts for quality enhancement are therefore found appreciable. In your experience, what should be the role of parents in this regard?

Parents are inseparable part of school and students’ overall progress as their role is vital in observing their child’s behavior at home and teaching them life’s values. More importantly, for parents, parenting along with being the first teacher of their child(ren) is tougher than anything else we need to achieve in this world. In fact, home is the first school and the parents are the first teacher of their child(ren). The culture children practice at home build up their emotional and habitual foundation. Teaching right conducts at home, such as morality, simplicity, honesty, selflessness and affection develop positive attitude in children which are reflected on their daily actions. So, it is easy to call ourselves parents but very hard to become real parents and give proper parenthood to our children. In this regard, continuous efforts, care, counseling, support and guidelines from parents will be supportive of the children and the school. A child receives a formal education from the school whereas implementation of learnt wisdom in real life makes him/ her a perfect citizen.

In your view, what type of school should parents and students choose for the assurance of the holistic development of students?

A school is a formal institution to help a child socialize him/ herself. The school should be the center for simplicity and honesty as well as center for knowledge acquisition. So, the parents and the students should choose such a school that focuses on life-skills, culture and technology and practical orientation. Unavoidably, such an institution should have appropriate physical infrastructures and congenial academic environment. Not only this, the fee structure should also be affordable. In this regard, Manakamana Secondary School and Jaya Multiple Campus are the ultimate resort for students to acquire life-changing education. We boast our academic excellence since we have maintained good learning environment here. Teachers with long teaching experience, high qualifications and timely training have become an asset to both school and students. Similarly, it is managed by visionary academicians. I convey the message to all the parents and the students that Manakamana School and Jaya Multiple Campus are always eager to quench your academic thirst.

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