Sharing the best practices in education through zero-investment ideas
Sometimes determination can help create a whole new world. While most others thought education system was okay the way it had been, Param Singh, thought of opening up new opportunities for students to excel beyond academics. His zero-investment idea has been so successful that today his inter college is one of the most sought after among both government and private educational institutions.
As a principal of an Inter College in Amroha, Param Singh decided that while bookish knowledge may lead students to jobs, that too not always, so there had to be a system to turn “interests into passion, and passion into identities”. His objective was to create an environment where students were interested in learning, and to motivate the society to get involved in education more actively. uniform, discipline, PTMs, human values, games.
‘Profiling’ then emerged as a system to track students’ complete development as a person. At the beginning of the year, every child is given full marks in areas such as discipline, human values, uniform, and parents’ attendance in PTMs. During the year, every child strives to keep his balance of marks full since he/she has positive motivation. “Children now know that they will be assessed not just in academics, but in all areas of life. This motivates them to be better persons, with a positive constructive outlook to life,” says Param.
For instance, at the start of a new session, if students of one class share their well-kept used books to their juniors, they get some marks. This kind of motivation is instilling a sense of sharing among them and is also helping overcome shortage of books at the start of the new session.
Seeing the success, he has now created a similar system to track teachers’ performance, including on factors such as dropout rate, enrolment, students attendance, and parents’ involvement. Also, performance of the different college departments is assessed using this method.
Through ‘Profiling’ system, every year top 10 teachers are recognised for their efforts and there is visible increase in teachers’ motivation level and the school’s performance.
Today, Param’s inter college is one of the most sought after among both government and private educational institutions. “More than just successful students, we are creating complete people who can face the world with confidence,” says Param.
“My biggest achievement,” he adds, “is not in taking this one school to the top, but in sharing this best practice with thousands of schools in my state. Like all other new steps, this program also received its share of doubts. However, the phenomenal feedback that I received from my teachers motivated me to go ahead and attend the one-day Principals’ training held in 2015. I learnt how ZIIEI could be implemented in a school and how, as a principal, I could lead this initiative.”
The journey to getting his idea published in the Navachar Pustika was not as easy as it might seem. ZIIEI jury refined and shortlisted ideas on various benchmarks. Many sessions were organised, where shortlisted candidates presented their ideas. The book of ideas finally constituted the ideas of 30 innovators based on the areas they covered.
Today, post ZIIEI event with the CM in Lucknow, students and teachers of this inter college carry with a sense of pride with them. “Today all parents come to us for their ward’s admission, already know a lot about my school’s success,” says Param. “Acknowledgment at the state level has given out a clear message that this school is providing a new view to the way education can be imparted.”