The motive of education is not to feed children the prescribed knowledge in textbooks. Schooling is the grooming of an individual for the real world.
While virtual classes may not be a substitute for regular classes, they are a fairly reliable alternative to conventional classroom education at a time when reopening schools could endanger the health and lives of children.
A prominent educator who refused to stand and accept doctrines, Mr Thakur views the whole world as a village when envisioning his idea of society. He points out that universalism is only possible when everyone is living relative to each other.
The problem with modern education lies in its ethos that tries to find value in mastery of a skill rather that the enablement of the individual. In the temples of learning in ancient India, skill was the vehicle on the road to self-realization and not the destination itself. Educator Ashok Thakur views the philosophy as even more relevant today. His Muni International Schools enable children on a path of understanding the self with the help of ancient Gurukul techniques.
Many of the changes the NEP 2020 intends to bring align with alternative methods championed for quite some time by visionary educators like Ashok Thakur. Thakur sees the draft policy as a step in the right direction for the country that “inaugurates many new developments and marks many departures”. However, what makes him particularly pleased is the way in which the NEP “resonates with the vision and practices that the Muni Group has been implementing for over 15 years now through its schools”.
Dismal though all of this may sound, hope isn’t lost. India is already witnessing a nascent revolution in the school education sector, all thanks to a man who didn’t just lament the failures of the system, but chose to act in order to rectify them. And blazed a trail with his Muni International School.
An ex-serviceman and an educator who changed the definition of schooling, Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School has given hundreds of underprivileged children a shot at a better life over 30 years.