If there is one word that describes what educationists in north Delhi feel about their schools’ achievements, it’s pride. There was a time when there were not many schools here, and the existing ones were not a patch on their counterparts in other parts of the city. But in the last few years, the education landscape has improved significantly.
Although the number of schools is not as high, there is now stiff competition for seats in the area’s established ones. For instance, Bal Bharati Public School in Pitampura (BBPS), ranked one among north Delhi schools in the HT-C fore Top Schools survey, sees thousands of applications pour in for 100-odd nursery seats, said principal Meenu Goswami.
It is easy to see why. The school offers the best value for money and also scores the highest on the infrastructure and facilities, sports and competence of teachers parameters in the survey. “Value for money is our USP,” said Goswami. Neena Kaul, principal, Heritage school, Rohini, said she had seen the transformation of schools in North Delhi. “The tendency to send your children to south Delhi for schooling has declined,” she said.
Early Learning Methods
Schools here have evolved unique and effective teaching practices for young kids, something in which they invest time and money heavily. “There is a lot of participative learning and we are always trying to find ways in which the children will be able to grasp concepts better,” said Goswami.
Similarly, Heritage School, which has secured the third rank overall among north Delhi schools, accords importance to early learning methods as well. “Learning should not be restricted to classrooms,” said Kaul. “Activity-based learning enables children to understand through experience”.
To promote sporting abilities, BBPS has professional teachers who train the tiny-tots in a host of activities. The school has its own training institute where workshops are held to impart IT skills, share best practises on integrated cross-curriculum teaching, as well as new innovations in the teaching of various subjects etc.
Video: BBPS, Pitampura principal Meenu Goswami speaks to HT
Schools in north Delhi are aware of the pitfalls of technology — otherwise an integral part of students’ lives and learning. Unfettered access to social networking sites such as Facebook have led to the mushrooming of ‘confessions pages’, where students can post anonymous comments about their classmates. Sometimes, the content borders on insulting, even hateful.
“We have drawn up a set of IT rules to curb misuse of the internet and students are invited to give their inputs,” said Kaul, when asked how schools are tackling the growing menace of cyber-bullying. Many schools here organise workshops on cyber security to sensitise students, teachers and parents.
“Blocking a website or taking down offensive content will not solve the problem. Children need to be taught to use the Net in a constructive way,” feels Kaul.
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