Bhubaneswar: Helen O’ Grady International, Edu Drama Academy, Bhubaneswar in association with World Trade Centre, Bhubaneswar organised a Panel Discussion on 18th January, 2019 for Principals of leading schools of Bhubaneswar, at 5th Floor Conference hall, IDCO Towers , Janpath, Bhubaneswar.
Duncan Rice, International Director of Helen O’ Grady International, is a professional life skills & performing arts expert from South Africa, a keynote speaker & master trainer in various international seminars and workshops; who has mentored several thousand Principals and trained Head Teachers in UK & South Africa using mime, music, speech and drama was the keynote speaker of the evening. Being an expert in Shakespearean theatre, he has a special ability of equipping children and adults to become strong, effective communicators using the creative techniques and methodology.
The Principals discussed and emphasised on 21st Century skills needed, and how to inculcate the skills in the students, by involving various activities like sports, dance, music, art and theatre, during the discussion “Reimagine Education”. There were more than 30 select Principals from the premier schools of the city – SAI International School, Mother’s Public Schools, Aditya Birla Public School, DAV School Sishupalgarh, Wisdom Tree Global School, Little Steps School, BJEM School, DPS-Kalinga , DM School, to name a few.
Duncan discussed on the “Importance of the 21st century skills in today’s education system like Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Confidence and Content in the session titled “Reimagine Education…”
“When you take a book, you should get dramatic, so that the child is curious to know what is inside it,” reminds Duncan Rice, International Director of Helen O’Grady International.
Harish Sanduja Principal of Sai International School emphasised on the 5 core competencies that we should try to instil in our students : Learn to learn, Communication, Critical thinking, understanding the world as a global village and most importantly love and respect for the environment.
Ms Nirupama Kapoor, Principal Aditya Birla Public School put in her thoughts like how the world is getting connected very fast in the era of internet, how artificial intelligence is slowly taking over the human and how to address collaboratively the emotional intelligence of a child.
Ms Poly Pattnaik, Principal, Mother’s Public School emphasised how to make a child a happier child. And to nurture the creativity in a child so that a child does things differently to exist in the global scenario. She also appreciated the efforts of Helen O’ Grady in nurturing the skills required in the 21st century.
Ms Panchami Manoo Ukil of TWIGS moderated the discussion and emphasised on instilling global competencies into regular curriculum in order to create a generation of global citizens for the future.
Sudha Mishra, Executive Principal of Helen O’ Grady International, Bhubaneswar said – “Effective Communication is the backbone of any work. These innovative methods of learning should be adapted by the schools to enhance the 21st century skills in every child. They should learn how to work collaboratively, confidently and be effective communicators.
Principals and panellists very enthusiastically participated in the activity session conducted by Mr Duncan Rice the International Director Helen O’Grady International. Participating Principal Ms Sandhya Jena of BJEM School said we are thankful to Helen O’ Grady International and World Trade centre for organising this here in Bhubaneswar.
Ms Nimesikha Nataranjan,, Asst Director, World Trade Centre, Bhubaneswar said –“We are always very enthusiastic to partner for such innovative seminars. We would love to organise events which addresses the 21st century skills needed for the future job markets.