The pandemic may have disturbed the equilibrium of world’s ‘managed and scheduled’ life, but it has come with many lessons for all.
For educationists, it has been an overnight shift to digital space and for children, a complete change of environment—from outdoor school life, meeting up friends and teachers, to being cooped-up with laptops, work-from home parents and generally, a disturbed schedule. While the pandemic caught us unprepared, human fight-flight response has been strong, ushering in challenges and ‘a new way of living and learning’.
Celebrating this spirit, The Times of India has launched the ‘Keep Learning’ programme powered by BYJU’S, facilitating teachers, principals, policy experts, health experts, tech gurus, counsellors and parents to converge on a single platform and find solutions to ‘new ways of learning’ under the Covid scenario and with the New Education Policy (NEP) being rolled out.
Talking about the forum, Mrinal Mohit, Chief Operating Officer, BYJU’S said, "Learning and education are an important part of our lives. With the advancement of technologies and availability of several tools, it is necessary to expand the scope of learning at every stage and educate ourselves on how we can harness the presented opportunity. With the #KeepLearning campaign, in association with TOI, BYJU'S hopes to enlighten students, parents and educators about the ‘how-to’ of elearning and bring about a change in the education sector."
The programme will look into the changes under the NEP, online-learning methodologies, tech support, new lifestyle schedule for teachers, students and parents, stress combating mechanisms, among others.
On the importance of such discussions, Josuva Abraham V, teacher, SBOA Global School, Chennai, said: “With the lockdown, there was a communication gap between teachers and students, and this forced us to experiment and innovate. To adopt to the ‘new’, one had to be prepared.”
According to Anju Seth, director, IIM Calcutta, “The pandemic has led to lifelong learning—an emergence of a new hybrid model, wherein everyone, from kids to adults, have to acquire new skills and adapt to new lifestyle ways.”
Amid the positive transformation came innumerable challenges, say educationists, adding that one could only “control the controllable”. In a bid to find answers to all such concerns, ‘Keep Learning’ would facilitate talks with experts, one-on-one chats, panel discussions, besides publishing stories and articles on challenges in the ‘new learning space.’ Experts include Ramya Rajendiran, co-founder, Springdays School and Fountainhead Leaders; Dr Navin Sakhuja, opthalmologist; Dr Sameer Malhotra, psychiatrist; Anubha Doshi, psychologist and creative art therapist; Katerina Folkman, lifestyle coach; Dr Anurabh Singh, director, Nehru World School; Pervin Malhotra, career counsellor, among others.
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