Keeping up with the essence of its name ‘Symbiosis’ –
Co-existing in a mutually beneficial environment
“Symbiosis Schools Central Directorate” organizes a conference for Principals from top Schools.
Symbiosis Schools Central Directorate (SSCD) organized a conference for school educators at Symbiosis International (Deemed University) campus, Lavale. Around 80 principals and attended this conference from schools across India, Africa and UAE
In his inspirational address, Dr. SB. Mujumdar urged universities and schools to bridge the learning and knowledge gap and work together to address challenges like teaching to large number of students in schools, bulky curriculum and traditional pedagogies that discourage questioning and curiosity.
Principal Director Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, addressed the audience and emphasized that the purpose of this conference was not to teach school leaders but to create a platform for mutual learning.
Dr. Mrs. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, stated that education in the future must focus on empowering students with those skills that cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence like critical thinking, problem solving, empathy, and social responsibility.
Dr. Madhavi Tandon shared her favourite definition of innovation as an idea that is replicable, scalable, economical, and responds to a specific need.
The first panel discussed innovations such as creating critical thinking curricula, techenabled and flipped classrooms, maximising student potential, and to redefine success in terms of joy and happiness. The second panel discussed the role of social responsibility and inclusion of differently abled students.
The African school leaders shared some of the challenges and obstacles they faced in their countries and expressed a desire to work with their Indian peers to create sustainable and affordable solutions.
The conference also hosted workshops and round tables dedicated to legal and administration issues, teacher training, change management, and school quality frameworks. After a day filled with learning and discussions, school leaders walked away with several implementable solutions as well as newer and stronger social networks with peers..
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