Letter of Invitation

Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
President and Chief Operating Officer, CMS

Farida Vahedi
Head, Character Education &
Youth Empowerment, CMS

Dear Educators,

An increasing body of research calls for a fundamental redefinition of education. The question of what constitutes quality education; the meaning and purpose of education; the content of education; the process for the development of capabilities in learners for a life of service to the common good are driving this burgeoning discourse further ahead.

In this process, it is essential to critically analyse the current approach to education and to introduce radical changes commensurate with the needs of the age. One can learn from the lessons of the past and at the same time be open to new ideas. There is a great wealth of knowledge available on the importance of youth empowerment, character education and integrated learning for bringing about a change in character, mind-set and attitudes of children, adolescents and youth.

The proposed conference on Character Education and Future Impact aims at achieving the following learning outcomes:

1. The Why? To ascertain the need for character education: The conference aims to bring the centrality of character education to the whole discourse on quality education. It wants to reiterate that character education cannot be treated as tangential to the process of the empowerment of children and youth for the betterment of the world.....

Messages

Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi

Founder-Manager & Founder-Director

City Montessori School believes that education given to children must be three-fold aiming at Material, Human and Divine Education.


Prof Geeta Kingdon

President & Chief Operating Officer

Educators and stakeholders in children’s education often take antipodal positions on character education: from character being immutable, determined by ‘nature’ (innate and genetic factors), to the view that ‘nurture’ matters, .....

Mr Roshan Gandhi Forouhi

Director of Strategy, City Montessori School

If the purpose of education is to prepare young people for their adult and working life, then there is no question that it is essential for schools to give major attention to the overall character development of children.

Ms Susmita Basu

Head, Quality Assurance & Innovations Department and Superior Principal

The erosion of human values in our societies today has become a phenomenon.


A Concept Note

We are passing today through a period of great upheavals. Words such as violence, ethnic and religious cleansing, genocide, gender discrimination, moral degradation, massacre, hunger, student suicides, gun shooting in schools are common enough to have lost their original impact. At the same time there are international and national efforts being made for the establishment of world peace, tolerance, and unity. A move towards character and global citizenship education, as well as mobilizing humanity to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals, are the apparent signs of constructive measures by contemporary thought leaders in the world today. One can see, clearly, that two parallel processes are happening side by side, namely: the disintegration of the old, fragmented world order and the crystallization of a new one.

Search for solutions leads to the question of who has to bring about the necessary change in the lives of people and in the thinking systems and processes of society. Obviously, it is each individual human being. One would argue that to act effectively during this period of extreme individualism and consumerism, individuals must be endowed with a strong sense of purpose that impels them both to take charge of their own intellectual, social, emotional, moral and ethical growth and contribute to the transformation of society.

Character and Civic Education: In a recent research conducted by Populus and the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, 450 practising teachers in UK were asked about current character education provision within their schools, and the potential impact a greater focus on character might have. Adapted from previous Jubilee Centre research, the poll defined character education as school provision focused on developing ‘positive strengths such as honesty, confidence, and critical thinking’, and teaching students to ‘understand what is ethically important in difficult situations and how to choose the right course of action’. Their response was that character education will have a positive impact on pupil attainment.

The proposed conference on Character Education and Future Impact will examine the role of school educators, including teachers, principals as well as parents in imparting character education and empowering adolescents and youth. Some of the pertinent questions addressed in this conference will be:

  • How can education help students to build a moral structure and distinguish between right and wrong?
  • How can education empower them to become critical thinkers; to analyze the forces of society and align themselves with the positive, constructive forces?
  • What are the capabilities that would imbue the learner with an understanding of concepts, skills, abilities, qualities and attitudes so vital for the development of a holistic person dedicated to transformation of self and society?
  • How can the process motivate adolescents and youth to take charge of their own moral and intellectual growth and contribute to the construction of a peaceful society?
  • What are the transformations that need to occur in the school education system?

The discourse calls for no less than a fundamental redefinition of education. It is important to critically analyze the current approach to education and to introduce radical changes commensurate with the needs of the age. One can learn from the lessons of the past and at the same time be open to new ideas. There is a great wealth of knowledge available on the importance of youth empowerment and character education and the need for bringing about a change in character, mindset and attitudes of children, adolescents and youth. The conference will provide the opportunity to school leaders and other education stakeholders to share and disseminate this knowledge.

Schedule

Forms

Registration Form

31st December, 2018

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Travel Form

15th January, 2019

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Venue

Address:

World Unity Convention Center (WUCC),
CMS Kanpur Road Campus, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road,
Lucknow, UP, India.

Mobile No.:

+91-9792840575

Email:

characteredconf@cmseducation.org

Contact Us

Mrs Farida Vahedi
Head, Department of Character Education & Youth Empowerment

City Montessori School,
Head Office, 12 Station Road,
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India.
Mobile No.: +91-9792840575
Email: farida.vahedi@cmseducation.org