In my view, the imposing tower of misery which today rests on the heart of India has its sole foundation on the absence of education."
Tagore's sharp criticism in the 1930s was when the adult literacy rate in India was around 15%. Today, the literacy rate is 74.04%(census 2011). However, Tagore's words still hold relevance. The world has changed immensely and so has Education! That brings us to the important question.
What is education?
Education is not merely the process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge. It also includes learning skills, imbibing values and developing habits.
It is a social process- 'a process of living and not a preparation for future living'. In this view, educators aim to work with people rather than on them. Their task is to EDUCE(the greek notion of educere), to bring about or develop potential.
Recent developments in neuroscience show us how learning takes place both in the body and as a social activity. Humans are social animals. Therefore educators must create relationships and environments for learning rather than drilling knowledge into students. We at Sunbeam understand the importance of this paradigm. We encourage the pursuit of excellence not just in academics but in sports and all arts, for the overall development of our students, in line with the larger goal of nation building.
We are committed to moulding the most important resource of our nation- young, impressionable minds- into successful leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals .
Of all the attributes required for effective education, one that comes up high on my list, even top of it, is HOPE. Hope is analogous to curiosity, to energy, to the belief that something is worth doing. At Sunbeam, we create an environment to nurture that HOPE. An environment that is socially inclusive, secular, disciplined, empowering and fosters brotherhood.
I congratulate the Sunbeam family on another very successful year.