Value Education In Shaping The Young Minds

Indu Jain, Founder & CEO, Key2practiceAn IIT Delhi alumnus, Indu has over two decades of experience in the Education industry, and has also authored textbooks for Primary school.

Music runs in Rahul’s blood. He sleeps & breathes music ever since he was six years old. He forced his parents to enroll him for music classes. He knew from the very beginning that music is his calling. What he didn’t know was that his direction and passion wasn’t enough. There were gaps in his education that made his higher education in music difficult to pursue, and he was heartbroken knowing that all his passion, hours of learning music, practicing was not enough for him to get admission in a music college.

The reality is, Rahul isn’t the only one who sees his dreams shattering like this. There are lakhs of other children like him who suffer because our current curriculum of education doesn’t prepare the child and strengthen their talent. As a result, the child ends-up believing they don’t have what it takes. They can never be that singer, musician, painter, radio jockey or chef that they wanted to be, or they feel they have wasted a lot of time doing nothing and now it’s too late. At the same time, parents worry about their child’s future. Not to miss, all the money wasted on the ‘education’, which resulted in nothing.

Before changing anything outside, as parents, we need to check our own behavior and ask ourselves – Are we letting our children to be who they want to be, or are we trying to fulfill our own desires on our child by forcing them to get into a skill or career because they are getting paid well. These are the concerns which we need to seriously look into, as the extraordinary talent of the country chooses to serve foreign companies. They do so for better life & opportunities; hence we have no one else to blame for it but us. Needless to say, we need to have a specialized training or counseling of teachers so that they can help the children grow
their skills and choose subjects as per their interests and talents.

Each and every child is different from each other; but then, why have they been taught the same subject in the same method and same manner. A child who wants to learn art at degree level is not getting the skills that he needs to get admission in an art college. Why does the child have to live an unhappy life for their parents or peer pressure? Our education teams should guide and mentor the youth in such a way that they have an inbuilt quality of making meaningful contributions to the society and to themselves as well.

The value-based education system is a step towards creating better human beings who are well equipped to deal with challenges

Our country has a rich culture of approx 5000 years old, and the Indian government which is making remarkable changes in the field of education. But still, the unemployment rates are ever increasing, with a professional skillset deficit of up to 90 percent. Our county has 1.5 million schools with more than 260 million students enrolled. With around 751 universities and 35,539 colleges, the education market in India is now esteemed at $100 billion, and is expected to reach $180 billion by 2020. Also, the FDI – which was $1.67 billion from April-2000 to December-2017, as indicated by the information discharged by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) – has been flowing into our education sector.

Why does the government not bother about the true potential of the youth’s education system, and why does it not bother us? There is a strong need to dig answers from the grass-root level as the youth of today are our earnings available to us, and they are our national asset since they form a significant part of our human resource.

It’s time for us to remember the root level of education and incorporate them to our core values as to how we need to educate our next generation and enrich & empower the youth with knowledge and culture. The value-based education system is a step towards creating better human beings who are well equipped to deal with challenges daily. “A person acting from a motivation of contribution and service rises to such a level of moral authority that worldly success is a natural result” – Marianne Williamson. After all, the goal of higher education is to make the transition from school education to degree level seamlessly.

If we want to grow as a country in economic, social, educational areas, then it’s time we change our mindsets and tweak our education system as per the need of the hour. Growth will come from nourishing the budding minds of the youth and creating avenues for them to explore and reach their highest potential. We must let go of old educational policies & methods used for decades. It is time for urgent changes in our system from the grass-root level, so that our finest talent doesn’t go looking for better opportunities to foreign countries.