Swami Vivekananda once spoke on the purpose of Education, ‘Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We want that education by which character is formed, strength is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.’
If we think deeply and reflect on this quote it transcends the purpose of education from mere literacy to something deeper and higher.
Excel Public School is nearing the completion of one more year of its transformative existence and the year past has certainly been largely rewarding and satisfying, though quite challenging and trying, at times. Taking stock of last year, we have only increased our faith and strengthened our resolve to refine and pursue our purpose of educating young minds ‘the EPS way’.
The paradigm shift in education is ongoing and the challenge for a modern day school, in the current context, is to continually align curriculum to the skills and competencies that are essential for life, work and engaged citizenship, in the 21st century. We strongly believe that Excel Public School’s vision, ‘to empower young minds towards a progressive and humane society’, stands relevant to our times. We are confident that this vision would help us realize our resolve to create a confident, forward looking and optimistic generation of young men and women. Let us, together, strive to create as many opportunities as we can for this generation to develop their individual talents and abilities and help them reach their potential.
At EPS, we help our learners think outside and beyond curriculum and develop multiple activities to foster in them the capacity to innovate, to solve problems creatively and to bring new possibilities to life. Such preparation is necessary to create empowered professionals and leaders, capable of initiating the process of change that our society and today’s world is longing for. When we talk about empowering students for a progressive and equitable society, it is about raising transformational leaders who can take ownership for systemic change, people who can connect the dots and figure things out on their own as the drivers of change.
Dov Seidman, the author of ‘Why how we do anything means everything’ puts it, “our highest self-conception needs to be redefined from “I think, therefore I am” (the French Philosopher Descartes) to “I care, therefore I am; I hope, therefore I am; I imagine, therefore I am. I am ethical, therefore I am. I have a purpose, therefore I am and I pause and reflect, therefore I am.”
The life-breath of the EPS’ culture is the deep humane connection through genuine relationships, among all the members within this eco-system. The legacy we seek to impart to our students is to place this human connection at the center of everything they do, all through their life, so that, while they leverage technology to gain advantage and find success for themselves in this competitive world, they will also handhold others along the way. They would be men and women who would indeed build a better world and reduce human suffering. This is our wish. This is our prayer.
Mathew K G