“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.”
The management of ICSK in association with IIT IIM Alumni Association of Kuwait organized a training session on Happiness Curriculum for the teachers of various schools in Kuwait. Around 200 teachers from different schools witnessed the session. The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for this training session were Mr. G. Balasubramanian, Former Director, Academics CBSE.
The other eminent dignitaries present during the session were Mr. Giri Balasubramanian renowned quiz master, Mr. Azharuddin Amir Mohammed Honorable Secretary, Board of Trustees ICSK, Mr. Bhushan Joshi Secretary IIT IIM, Father Lionel Principal Don Bosco, Dr. Achuthan Madhavan Principal Jabriya Indian School, Mr. Mahesh Aiyer Principal Smart Indian School, Mr. K Gangadhar Principal ICSK Khaitan, Mr. Rajesh Nair Principal ICSK Amman and Mrs. Shirly Dennis Principal ICSK Junior.
The Vice Principals of ICSK Senior Mrs. Susan Rajesh, ICSK Amman Dr. Mary Isaac, ICSK Junior Mrs. Sheeja , Deputy Vice Principal of ICSK Senior Mrs. Mini Shaji were also present for the training session. The Vice Principals of LOA, IES [Bhavans] also attended the training session.
The programme commenced with the Islamic prayer by Master Shahzad followed by the prayer song and the national anthems of Kuwait and India by the ICSK Senior school choir, Swaranjali. The Principal and Senior Administrator of ICSK Senior, Dr. V Binumon greeted and extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest Mr. G Balasubramanian and other distinguished guests for the evening. He also expressed his gratitude to the IIT IIM Alumni for extending their cooperation in making this programme possible. Dr. V Binumon began earnestly by appreciating and applauding all those teachers who made it a point to witness this meet which is one-of-a-kind. He structured the difference between a home and a house therefore symbolizing the fact that schools are second home to the children and its teachers their second family.
Mr. Giri Balasubramanian, known by his pseudonym ‘PICK BRAIN’ , a noted quiz master and Co-Founder of Greycaps, Asia’s largest onstage quizzing and knowledge services company, delivered the introductory speech during which he specifically quoted that one must not forget to celebrate teachers along with the children. He also welcomed Ms. Rashmi Marian Furtado, Senior Editor of the magazine, ‘THE TEACHER.IN’, to elucidate and brief the audience about the working of their magazine “The Teacher. In”. Mrs. Priya Kurup, HOD Department of English, introduced the Chief Guest Mr. G Balasubramanian in depth to the crowd.
Mr. G Balasubramanian, Former Director, Academics CBSE, addressed the crowd of teachers. Known for his innovation in curriculum development and interactive pedagogy, he has been instrumental to the introduction of several innovations in curriculum in CBSE which include frontline curriculum, communicative approach to language teaching. He has authored several books like, MINDSCAPING EDUCATION,, CASE STUDIES IN CLASSROOMS etc. He was the keynote speaker for the Happiness Curriculum training session for teachers.
He shared his ideas about teachers, curriculum and children. It was indeed a fun filled session. He believed that teachers are capable of transforming children. Through a very effective presentation that includes quotes and ideas of being happy, time management, individual attitudes, curriculum, pedagogy, emotional and skill quotients, difference between the standard and quality of life, success, excellence, quotes of Dr. Ramana Maharishi, Socartes etc. the ideal student teacher relationship was aptly defined.
According to Dr. G Balasubramanian, the various facets of life, spiritual, organic, emotional, social and professional, all must be dealt with patience and sense. One must have the passion in what one does. He also reminded everyone that there is no particular path to happiness, but happiness is the path. He educated the teachers that one must teach the children to respond and not to react. The teachers must be concerned about health care, education, family time and satisfaction in one’s work. Only then it is possible to discover the ultimate happiness. For a child to be happy, his teachers must be happy.
After the effective and groundbreaking presentation,, an interactive session was left open for the crowd to ponder over and clear their uncertainties.
As a token of love, gratitude and appreciation, the Principal Dr. V Binumon and the Honorable Secretary, Board of Trustees, Mr. Azharuddin Amir Mohammed presented a memento to Mr. G Balasubramanian.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. Susan Rajesh, Vice Principal ICSK Senior.
“TEACHING KIDS TO COUNT IS FINE, BUT TEACHING THEM WHAT COUNTS IS BEST.”