Remembering Kalam’s Legacy – A teacher who never stopped learning!

On the 27th of July, 2015, India lost a visionary. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam dreamed of a better, changed India – A change that he tried to emulate each day in his life. A lot has been written and documented about his journey to become a revered icon for all ages. And, while he was known for his humility and frankness, it was his belief in the India’s children to transform their country that inspired an entire generation. 
 
“Creativity is the key to success in the future and primary education  is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.”  
 
80% of all recognized schools at the Elementary Stage are government run or supported. Primary education is a core pillar in building a strong India. Dr. Kalam recognized this and was one of the biggest proponents for the improvement of primary education in India. 
 
While Indian professionals represent an excellent source of global intellectual capital, India has a huge untapped reservoir of  productive and creative human capital – Its children. If stimulated  with catalysts like proper training and frugal tools, teachers may  become the agents of change in the education system. That, combined with a low-cost education structure, makes India one of  the best opportunities in the world for generating returns from investment in education. 
 
There is no dearth of students interested in learning. That’s especially true in rural areas. What India lacks today is a focus on the quality of teaching. Teachers need to rise up as vision-setters and mentors who understand the true value of their duty. Dr. Kalam left us with dreams that were rooted in reality. He gave us hope and faith to pursue those dreams. Children today have high enthusiasm for learning and experimenting, and educationists need to rise up to it. 
 
Many organisations are stepping up as change makers and enabling positive reforms in the education sector. The need of the hour is to analyse what actually works and amplify its effects, discard the redundant aspects from our education system and induce a system that enables autonomous learning.
 
“We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilization heritage.”
 

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