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Seminar on environment education concludes

New Delhi: A two-day national consultation meeting on ‘Environment Education’ was organised by the NCERT, which concluded here yesterday. The objective of the meeting was to review the draft syllabus prepared by the NCERT and deliberate upon the issues significant to the introduction of environment education at different stages of school education.

Over 60 environmentalists, educationists, NGOs and experts in the field attended the two-day meet. Among the issues discussed were context and concerns of environment education in schools, curricular policy issues and models, content and its organisation, pedagogical issues and operational implications.

Delivering the keynote address in the first session, Dr D. N. Tewari, Member of Planning Commission, highlighted various environmental issues and problems, the country is facing and their implications for sustainable development.

Dr Tewari spoke on the need to mobilise children and pointed out the need to include topics such as health and hygiene at the elementary level. TNS


Workshop for counsellors on exam-related stress
Smriti Kak

Students performing a skit on Punjabi culture.
Dr Samir Parikh conducting a workshop at the India International Centre.

Noted Psychiatrist Dr. Samir Parikh conducted an interactive session and workshop for school counsellors. Titled ‘The role of school counsellors in handling examination stress’, the workshop was aimed at teaching counsellors how to help students handle examination stress.

Dr. Parikh said, “Exam time is the most anxious and stressful period for the students and here the school counsellor can play an instrumental role by helping students overcome exam related emotional and psychological problems”.

Stressing the need to pay attention to the mental health of the child, Dr. Parikh said, “Good mental health is as important as physical health of any human being. And we should not ignore the mental health, as 80 per cent of a child’s development is mental. A child needs guidance to solve inner conflicts and issues”.

GHPS branch annual day

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely at the annual day celebration of GHPS Shahdara
Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely at the annual day celebration of GHPS Shahdara.

Students of GHPS, Vasant Vihar donated more than seven tonnes of warm clothes and toys to the poor sections at Nangla Machchi
Students of GHPS, Vasant Vihar donated more than seven tonnes of warm clothes and toys to the poor sections at Nangla Machchi.

Students performing a skit on Punjabi culture
Students performing a skit on Punjabi culture.

GHPS, Shahdara, organised its annual day celebrations with students putting up well-synchronised events. From plays with a social message to the jestful and foot-tapping Punjabi Bhangra, the students excelled in all events.

Education Minister Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely was the Guest of Honour. The school Principal, Mr. J S Ghuman, read out the annual report and prizes were awarded to students for their achievements in academics and extra curricular activities.

Principals discuss education agenda

More than 50 principals from various public schools, both within and outside the country, got down to discuss some very “basic agendas of future education policies” in Gotan, a hamlet in Nagaur district of Rajasthan.

The three-day 64th annual session of the Indian Public Schools’ Conference began on a solemn note, with invocation to the goddess of learning. This was followed by the conference. Delivering the key-note address, executive secretary of ICSE, Mr. F Fanthome, said, “We are now an interdependent world order. In this ear of globalisation, we may not fear winds from different directions, but we do need to put this country’s ethos in the right perspective”.

The conference converged on the policy of building a troika of plurality, diversity and flexibility. The IPSC Chairman, Mr B R Dubey, said: “We are doing a great injustice to our students as we are imparting to them very few life skills”.

Cambridge varsity strengthens its links

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) hosted a major educational conference in Delhi. Educationists from across South Asia attended the conference; deliberating and discussing key issues such as Environmental Management, quality teaching methods and practices, with experts in the field of international education.

Mr John Pallister, an expert in the field of Environmental Management, and a key player in the development of the University of Cambridge International Examinations Environmental Management syllabus, in his presentations focused on the implementation of Environmental Management programmes in international schools and the best teaching and learning practices.

Carole Bennett, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, delivered a presentation to delegates on the important issue of quality teaching. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has also awarded the British School, Delhi, with Fellowship Centre Status. And as a fellowship centre the school can now nominate one of their students for the International Fellowship scholarship, which provides funding for three years of higher education.

India-Euro Enviro quiz

Milind, Piyush and Kritika from Mother’s International won the North Zone finals of all the India- Euro Enviro Quiz 2004. Over 380 students from 126 schools across 14 cities participated in the month-long quiz.

Cambridge reading

To make reading easy for children, ‘Cambridge Reading’ is an aid, which has been developed after research. A series of 40 books divided into five levels are based on selections from 300 plus Cambridge reading titles and contributions from popular children’s authors.

It also includes a teacher’s guide, which has exercises and tests to help the teacher understand the learning abilities of a child.


Stress can be managed

One of the most ubiquitous entities of today’s world is ‘stress’. Since stress seems to have invaded all aspects of our lives, hence its management has also come to the fore. So much has been written and spoken about it that one feels compelled to believe in giving a befitting fight back to stress.

I am going to digress a bit now. Just imagine that you have stepped out of your house on a blistering summer afternoon. You feel miserable, you put on your glasses. Immediately you feel relief pouring over you. The surroundings appear cool and your feelings seem to soothe. But have things actually changed? No, it’s very much the same.

Each one of us is gifted with one such ‘sun glasses’, which can help bust the stress of outside heat. The more you use your ‘stress reducing sun glasses’ the better you are managing stress.

One of the reasons why stress catches up with us is because many of us lose our perspective and paint the picture gloomier than it really is. “Oh! These exams are so tough!”; “Chances of success seem so narrow” etc are some common retardant that stress out students. Please remember that you have to only march well through today. Let not the shadows of tomorrow haunt you. May be tomorrow turns out to be a much brighter day.

A person embarking on a day’s march would be foolish to carry enough provisions for a lifetime. Then why do you carry all your worries for the next five years and wonder why life is so stressful and difficult? We are designed to live only twenty-four hours at a time. No more, no less. The moment we accept this rationale, half of our stress vanishes.

Once you have emerged from this situation, take the next step. Ask yourself in a cool frame of mind, “What is the worst that can happen? And if it happens I am certainly capable of finding a solution”. We often magnify things out of proportion. The worst that could happen is probably very inconvenient but certainly not the end of the world. Once in a while, ask yourself, “Do I take myself too seriously?” You will notice that you are losing your sleep over something that your friend never gave a second thought to.

The final step involves taking a ‘retrospect’ of how people have emerged winners after channelling through the most difficult, stressful and back – breaking times. Even during the toughest of your times, have the courage to ask yourself, “Why am I suffering?” Why am I in stress?” The truly happy people always see their hard times as valuable learning periods. They keep their chins up and finally they emerge from their trials as more confident and more successful people.

So, its fair enough to conclude that management of stress is absolutely possible, if we understand that disasters may be a part of our lives, but if we tackle them, a piece at a time, we will soon gain from this experience. Let there be no self preoccupation. After all, even today, life can be made effectively simple.

Madhu Chandra
Birla Vidya Niketan 

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