Inculcating life-long learning

Dr. Vandana Lulla

Director/Principal, Podar International School - IB/ Cambridge

I believe, as John Dewey (1859-1952), the American education reformer, said that ‘Education is not a preparation for life, education is life itself.’ 

I believe that Real-life application of knowledge and skills is the hallmark of the education revolution and unless you are a passionate educator and recognize every child’s spirit, the path to this revolution cannot be defined. Every school must have a soul and a soul is what distinguishes us as a pioneering and progressive school.

Education is a life-long learning process which takes place not only at school, but outside its boundaries and at home as well. And for this reason, I strongly believe that effective home-school partnership is essential for a child to flourish.

Shaping young minds is a huge responsibility and it is important for us to empower them with the confidence to try, to make mistakes, learn from these mistakes and achieve.

I am inspired to quote Barack Obama’s speech here, where he said, “Hillary, as part of her journey, has made mistakes. Just as I have. Just as you have. But she never stopped trying or caring. She kept trying and prodding along because she has a clear vision. And dreams are possible when people dare, take risks and have support.”

I urge every educator and every parent out there to help our students evolve into caring, empathetic and clear-sighted members of society so that they blossom into responsible, global citizens. Let us together continue to dream more and achieve more for each one of our children.

Dr. Vandana Lulla

Director/Principal, Podar International School - IB/ Cambridge