Smt. Sheila Verma (1924 – 2019)
“Every new day dawns with different challenges”. Yes, The World is changing at a supersonic speed with Might changes in Technology and today’s children have to face it boldly. The aim of CFS is to equip the students to tread on the “untrodden” path with dedication, discipline and internal motivation to success in their stride. To achieve success is one of the toughest challenges; but, the highly committed staff and students of CFS will achieve this feat.
Cambridgeans believe in themselves and in their lofty goals. They make plans, aim even higher and work tirelessly to remain at the pinnacle of their achievements. I have complete faith in their inherent potential to revolutionize the meaning of success and excellence.
From the Principal’s Desk:
I am privileged as the Principal of Cambridge Foundation School to be part of a commitment of CFS to develop and share information, ideas and insights about how Schools can contribute to improved School learning. It’s now for over a decade that I have supported the endeavour to improve leadership and environment at the School. It has showed excellent dividends. We have created a climate hospitable to education by cultivating leadership, improving instruction, managing people, data and processes to foster overall School improvement. What a difference a decade makes!
Supporting ideas, Sharing Solutions, Expanding Opportunities have been our crux. We are facing today unprecedented challenges – social, economic and environmental, that are driven by accelerating globalization and faster rate of technological developments. These forces nevertheless provide us with myriad of new opportunities. Yet, we know that the future is uncertain and it is the shared responsibility of all of us to seize the opportunities and find solutions to challenges. To navigate through uncertainties, students need to develop curiosity, imagination, resilience and self-regulations; they will need to appreciate the ideas, perspectives and values of others and learn to face adversities. Students at School presently will be adults by 2030. We need to create a new Framework-2030 that has a vision and some underpinning principles for the future education systems. They will have to be empowered to place collaboration and sustainability over short-term gains.
In an era characterized by a new explosion of scientific knowledge and a growing array of complex societal problems, it is appropriate that curricula should continue to evolve. Need for new solutions in a rapidly changing world where societies are many a times disintegrating was never so profound. The global population continues to grow; migration, urbanization and increasing social and cultural diversity are reshaping countries and communities. At the same time, the threats of war and terrorism are escalating. These global trends are already affecting individual lives, and may continue to do so. The education pattern at CFS is being aligned with the New Education Policy (NEP) as also the UN 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that focuses to ensure the sustainability of people and planet. We have added broader purposeful goals to our curriculum and are successfully steering it through the rapid advancement of technology.
Education at CFS plays a vital role in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enable our students to contribute to and benefit from an inclusive and sustainable future. Learning to form clear and purposeful goals, work with others with different perspectives, explore untapped opportunities and identify multiple solutions to big problems is an essential ingredient ingrained in the Cambridgeans.
Imagining and shaping the future is a critical skill that could have benefitted us prior to the pandemic. It involves thinking years ahead. Educators need to prepare to be ready just in case of another eventuality. What does education need to look like for all learners to thrive? How can technology promote increased economic mobility without exacerbating opportunity gaps? While it’s too late to turn the clock back, let’s explore how Schools, programs, and educators can employ future thinking to plan for events (pandemic or otherwise) that could emerge. We, at CFS are successfully harnessing innovations that during the pandemic supported students’ learning and growth.
It has been my endeavour towards Shaping Schooling Ahead of the Next Pandemic, if ever.
We know from our experience that Schools and programs can transform themselves and pivot to respond to crisis. We are capable of ingenuity, innovation, and creativity under the most challenging of circumstances. Through future thinking, we can put our learnings and imaginations to use. Looking at the near future, the post COVID-19, conversations by educators and community members have been about how we can return to “normal” or the way we were before Schools and Schooling changed. However, returning to a normal as we knew it is simply not a realistic approach. Our new normal must center on what we learned from our recent experience so that we are prepared to factor for future disruptions if there might be one.
We all must learn to be ready to meet unknown challenges based on our lessons learnt. It is imperative to create flexible and hybrid models for our learning henceforth.
Dr. Anita Puri