Scholars Home Boarding School, established with a collective endeavor of reputed academicians and professionals, is one of the most reputed schools in Butwal. It has been trying its best to promote academic excellence within its limits.
Baburam Banjade is the Principal at Scholars Home Boarding School, Butwal. He is also the Secretary of HISSAN, Rupandehi. He has been serving the education field for the past 15 years. He believes in better parents’ education to make progressive education a success. With College Readers, he discussed his perspective on progressive education. Excerpts:
What is the main motif behind establishing Scholars Home Boarding School?
Private schools make an exceptional contribution to the development of our country. It has benefited the nation in a number of ways, primarily in education. By offering high-quality education domestically, such schools aim to generate skilled human resources to serve the nation. There is some turmoil going on in the country as a result of the political unrest, but we have reached a point where we can also compete in terms of education with the rest of the world.
We provide quality education from Nursery to Grade XII at Scholars Home Boarding School. The School has a mission to provide quality education to students and to foster the development of their intellectual, social, and emotional skills. The School has modern facilities such as a computer lab, science lab, library, sports ground, and transportation services. It also offers extracurricular activities such as sports, music, dance, and art.
We have a team of experienced and qualified teachers committed to providing quality education to our students. The teachers use modern teaching techniques to make learning interactive and interesting. We also provide regular training to our teachers to keep them updated with the latest methods.
Progressive education involves education with culture and values. How can our schools adopt such type of education?
Scholars Home Boarding School focuses on education with skills grounded on the belief that students should not only acquire academic knowledge but also learn practical skills that can be applied in everyday life. In the modern world, it is essential to have a wide range of skills that can be useful in various situations. By teaching basic life skills such as plumbing, electrical work and mechanical know-how, Scholar Home Boarding School is empowering students to take care of themselves and their homes. These skills can be useful for students throughout their lives, whether they are homeowners or renters. In addition, learning practical skills can also open numerous career opportunities. With the increasing demand for skilled workers, students who have practical skills, can be highly sought after in various industries. By teaching these skills, Scholars Home Boarding School is preparing students for a future in which their skills will be highly valued. Overall, its focus on education with skills is an important step towards creating dynamic individuals who are prepared for the challenges of the modern world. By providing students with practical skills, the School is empowering them to take care of themselves and their communities and prepare themselves for success in a wide range of careers.
Is progressive education pedagogy applicable to all schools?
Even as we aspire to implement new systems of education, we must also adhere to Butwal’s culture and fashion. Even when we feel the need to create a solid, productive education system and execute it as quickly as we can, some members of society are still unable to accept it. Therefore, there are numerous difficulties at present. For such reasons, we are adopting a blended strategy in which we adhere to both traditional and innovative education. The majority of parents believe that if a child attends school, he or she should graduate with honors at all cost. Nevertheless, we are seeing some success in our efforts to alter this pattern of traditional thinking.
In the past, people only sought knowledge-based education, but now all we need is knowledge with skill, technology, and creativity. How are all these features implemented?
We work hard to develop our pupils’ moral engagement and skill orientation. The assistance of the parents is crucial for the effective and efficient operation of the strategy. But in this case, we have unhealthy competition going on between the schools and the pupils. With more skill and application-based teaching and learning activities simulating the real world, we are orienting our kids in the best possible ways. We are educating pupils and establishing a setting that will allow our kids to compete on a global scale. To give more and more opportunities to the students in their interest, we conduct activities as much as we can.
Parent education and parental contribution are also considered quite crucial in progressive education. Why is this important and what is the parents’ role?
We cannot even think of educating the children if their parents are not prepared to accept the progressive education. Therefore, we consider parental education extremely crucial. For this reason, we hold seminars and workshops quite frequently. Support from parents enables us to implement this strategy more effectively. Both quality education and smooth service delivery are priorities in our schooling.
Lastly, what message would you like to convey to parents and students?
Dear parents, and students! Please note that you don’t need to worry or feel anxious about your academic success. Simply be real and committed to your job and select a cozy setting for your better future. Therefore, I would like to stress that choosing a large infrastructure for your study is not necessary. You should consider the softer side of the picture, namely the academic ambience, the methods of teaching and learning adopted, and the way career of a student is planned.