Parents who want to admit their child in a boarding school often face the dilemma of choosing the right one that would not only cater to their child’s educational and holistic needs but also the one that their child would fit in. The ideal boarding school should not only be like a second home to children but should also be responsible for the child’s overall wellbeing while at the same time inculcating discipline in the child. The overall environment should make the child secure and comfortable to share joys and issues.
Candor International School is one such school where parents can put their fears aside. The school is committed to recreate an enriching atmosphere wherein students experience a home away from home feeling. A complete package for your child’s scholastic and overall growth. We had the opportunity to learn more about this one of the best boarding schools in Bengaluru, from its Chairperson Dr Suresh Reddy in an exclusive interview.
How has been the journey so far?
My education started in my hometown Andhra Pradesh, and I moved to Bengaluru for my degree in engineering. I started my career as a software engineer and moved to the United States of America (USA) as the prospects for software were good abroad. My life in America taught me the importance of a well-rounded education wherein not only academic excellence, but also life skills and personality development are of equal importance. I started my own company after working for a few years. My interactions with people during the course of the years further emphasised the need for a well-balanced education.
How do you describe yourself in one-word or one-sentence?
I am entrepreneurial and a risk taker by nature.
What drove you to become an educator?
I have been part of many associations in America – both business and community, and have contributed my very best to all. I wanted to do the same in India too. Education and schooling were new to me, but the need for doing something different and the developments happening in this field engaged my interest.
Please share with us the challenges you faced to withstand the complexities of the educational field/reforms.
Finding and hiring the right candidates for teaching and nurturing young minds is always a challenge. Building a team that aligns itself to and works according to the vision of the institute is also tough.
What is the current scenario of the educational sector?
There have been so many reforms and developments in the education sector in the past few years, it has become very dynamic and is evolving frequently. Technology has become a very integral part of teaching and learning and is here to stay in a big way.
Which personality or book influenced your growth the most and why?
The Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi has been a great influence on me. His quote “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” is inspirational.
According to you, what are the essentials of being a good educator?
There is no one best method or curriculum and I see that collaboration between schools and educators will help in getting the best practices and reforms that will nurture future citizens.
What advice would you give to the new-age educators?
My advice to new-age educators is to imbibe and implement technology in the way they impart education to the young minds. With each passing year, understandably, the usage of technology in the pedagogy has only increased manifolds.
What makes you stand out as a leader? What kind of leadership qualities should one possess to make the necessary impact?
My ability to learn, adapt and try new things especially in technology has helped me to bring new developments into my school. We have trained our teachers in Apple technology, we have an SMS and LMS in school where communication between teachers, students and parents is regular. One has to be a learner in order to nurture future learners, and so we have regular professional training sessions for our teachers.
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