Should Science & Culture be Promoted for Child’s Holistic Development?

Dr. Onika Mehrotra

Vice Principal, Kalka Public School, Alaknanda, Delhi

"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."

Albert Einstein

Keeping in mind the importance of happiness quotient and experiential learning for holistic development in children, in today's education system, we have come up with a unique concept of interactive and fun-filled classrooms—full of creative, collaborative and exploratory activities for children, encouraging scientific and cultural aspects.

These structured activities help holistic learners develop higher-order skills of critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, quantitative reasoning, and digital literacy along with social responsibility. The learning outcomes from the project include the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and reinforcement of moral values in life. These activities contribute to a child's basic motor development and enjoyment of movement. The goal of structured activities is to have fun while learning. We tend to create an environment where children learn by experimenting and doing things on their own.

Most classrooms have at least one impulsive child; some have more than one. These impulsive children are frequently in trouble, and then display sincere regret for their actions repeatedly. These structured activities are a simple solution for the impulsive children as these activities enhance physical, mental and creative development.

Hence, such creative activities are the need of the hour for the betterment of children in today’s time.

Teachers play an essential role in the life of the students. In order to raise well-rounded kids, educational institutions must:

  • Ensure that a multidisciplinary approach is used in education.
  • Encourage cooperation between social and natural sciences.
  • Encourage learners to use a holistic approach to problem-solving.

For holistic development of a child, we need to address the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects. A teacher prepares a child to grow in their reading and writing skills, teaches science and helps the students understand themselves. Hence, a good teacher helps their students become good human beings, provides a holistic education, instils curiosity, and grooms better social communication skills.

Education is one aspect through which science and culture can be promoted simultaneously to strengthen a child’s well-being, healthy development and transferable learning. It addresses adversity and supports resilience to enable a child to find a positive pathway to adulthood. However, we need integrated insight into multiple fields and connect them to the knowledge of successful approaches that are emerging in education. We need to provide a supportive scientific environment, productive instructional strategies, social, emotional and cultural learning that fosters skills, habits and mindsets, leading to the holistic development of children.

While promoting scientific and cultural temper in the child, we also need to connect home and school to provide critical support as the school serves as an immediate context in shaping children’s learning and development.

Dr. Onika Mehrotra

Vice Principal, Kalka Public School, Alaknanda, Delhi