India is a country with a total population of 1.4 billion, which constitutes around 17% of the world’s population. While 26% of its population is aged below 14 years, India heavily resides on its education for ensuring the grooming of its vast human recourse.
India has a vast network of schools for its widespread demography that reaches every nook and corner of the country. In such a case, monitoring the consistency of education practices providing trained staff and infrastructure is a humongous task for any single organisation. This tumultuous task is smoothly manoeuvred by several organisations that operate in sync to contribute and deliver to India’s educational advancements.
But such organisations, and schools are usually located in big towns or cities, denying access to the children in small towns and villages. Children from small towns and villages are often sent away from their families to attend a distant school or shift to the location. But some schools arise intending to cater to such areas that have been long deprived of state-of-the-art learning.
Delhi World Public School, Manendragarh is one such school that has been contributing heavily to the ongoing advancement in the education space in India. The Knowledge Review takes pride in acknowledging the school’s efforts, with some excerpts from an interview with the Principal of the School, Archana Mishra.
Please tell us about your journey throughout the education sector right from the beginning of your career.
I started my career as a school teacher back in 2004. It was when the usage of computers in education, i.e., teaching, report generation, was almost nil. After three years, I got the opportunity to teach at various colleges affiliated with Bangalore University as an assistant professor. Ten years later, I shifted to Surat and worked with one of the reputed schools as a senior academic coordinator in a completely digital format. Currently, I am working as founder principal and heading a school working digital and focusing on providing Learning Management System (LMS) that provides the study material in the complete digital format.
What inspired you to step into the education industry? Who were your role models growing up?
The respect, love, and affection that a teacher gets throughout their life inspired me to enter the education field. Growing up, my role models were Swami Vivekananda and Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.
Tell us about your esteemed institute, its mission, and its vision.
Education is about awakening to the power and beauty that lies within all of us. Education as an idea is not just about bricks, mortar, and concrete, but about building character, enriching minds, and varied experiences that last a lifetime.
DELHI WORLD PUBLIC SCHOOL strives to give students the all-around capability including creativity, observation, and knowledge empowerment leading to the generation of performing citizens with splendid character.
Mission- Delhi World Public School(DWPS), Manendragarh seeks to create a feeling of curiosity and discovery in each kid and a desire for experimentation, observation, and synthesis. We endeavor to free the learning process, to take it outside the four walls of classrooms to activity workshops, resource centres, laboratories, and to teach less for learning more.
Vision- We are committed to providing global citizens as torchbearers of a dynamic and harmonious world through cutting-edge education incorporating Indian values and world culture. We believe that every child is unique, and their abilities must be analysed and groomed accordingly.
What are the priorities of your institute in terms of course objectives and learning outcomes?
At DWPS, we ensure the overall development of the students, making them fit for society, making them employable, help them to achieve to perform at their best potential.
Education is considered a tool of empowerment. What efforts do you and the institution take to ensure that education is provided to those who need it?
Since education is considered a tool of empowerment, we try to provide a good number of seats for RTE. A nominal fee is charged from financially deprived students, and scholarships are available for female students.
How have using audiovisuals and other technological advancements in education has changed learning?
I feel that interactive and online educational content is one of the best ways to reach the new generation’s very creative students who want to learn through visuals at their learning speed. It has redefined the entire learning procedure as it simplifies the complex concepts into interactive and exciting ways.
Kindly mention any of your awards, accolades, and accreditations.
I was awarded the ‘Asian education awards’ for my contribution towards the student’s development.
I was also recognised as the Most progressive coordinator by ‘Global Education awards’ and ‘Shourya Samman award’ in the field of education in 2021.
What advice can you give to those who want to step into the field of education?
My sincere advice to all those who wish to enter the field of education will be to join only if they are passionate about teaching and creating a difference in this society. Anyone unwillingly entering this field will not only spoil one’s life, but it would spoil the lives of many students who come into their hands.
Please share what lies ahead for you and your institution in the near future.
I want to see my school grow as an institution known for quality education in the near future. In a place like Manendragarh, kids leave their parents at a young age and go to bigger towns for their schooling. We want to stop this practice so that the kids develop a good bond with their parents and create memories for a lifetime. I want to develop this school as a centre where students get prepared for the competitive exams too. I want to see myself actively contributing in the field of social service in the near future.