Shalini Nambiar is a progressive visionary with a liberal outlook who does not stay shackled with the pedagogy of stereotype and conventional expectations and schemes of things that bind an educator. Very much with the times, she believes that education should be, essentially, child centred and aimed at nurturing the child and not imposing facts, figures and theories in the name of education. Lady Sri Ram College is her alma mater and she is IB qualified as well. She has a rich 26+ Years of experience in Education, and has been associated with various names like; VIBGYOR Schools, G.D. Goenka Public School, the Heritage School, Excelsior American School and GEMS Education. Her unconventional vision and wisdom find roots in her attempt to break stereotypes that education is pinned down with. The outcome, she believes is not knowledge but a stack of degrees that provide employment. And this is the domain where she has worked intensively to bring about a change, moving ahead with the belief that education, when imparted in its true spirit has the power to change the world.
25 February 2020 | 14:30 - 15:00 | Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Creativity is as important as literacy and that, further, all children are talented and not afraid to be wrong. Mistakes should not be stigmatized but rather be seen as part of the learning process. Thus, “if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with something original”. Every education system on earth would have the same hierarchy of subjects. This system was built to meet the needs of industrialism and is therefore based on two main ideas: On the one hand it is based on the value of a person for the system, i.e. “the most useful subjects for work are at the top” and it would not be an option to become e.g. a musician. And on the other hand, it is based on his or her “academic ability”; since, by many, intelligence is linked with the latter, we have a limited view on intelligence and in it’s consequence many highly-talented, brilliant people who do not fit in the system do not realize their strengths.