From the Principal's Desk
Mr. Arvind Kumar Tiwari
Arvind Kumar Tiwari
In the inception of my address, on behalf of entire RIS fraternity, I would like to welcome all the new entrants to Raath International School. RIS is a place where a student will learn to live, work and play with the teachers and other children. The School aims at the development and integrity of four factors of the student‘s personality viz: Spiritual, Emotional, Intellectual and Physical integrity and thereby to achieve the integrity of the whole person so that he can confront and counter the challenges confidently in the competitive world . In order to attain holistic development of a child we lay emphasis on academic excellence, professional competence, with orientation of personal, interpersonal and societal skills.
Today, the role of a school is not only to pursue academic excellence but also to motivate and empower its students to be life long learners, critical thinkers, and productive members of an ever-changing global society. A school must try to provide its students with an atmosphere for multifaceted development, where children are encouraged to channelize their potential in the pursuit of excellence. This can only be possible in a holistic, student-centric environment. The talents, skills, and abilities of each student need to be identified, nurtured, and encouraged so that he/she is able to reach greater heights. Students need to be provided with a platform to think, express, and exhibit their skills. It is necessary to empower them to negotiate several issues that confront them, with the teacher being a facilitator.
We often make the critical mistake of considering children, regardless of their age, class, ethnicity, or background, like a blank notebook that is yet to be written upon. In doing so, we often fail to realize that each child has his/her own individuality, special skills, and talents. Therefore, a good educational system is one that helps a child to nurture his/her talents and overcome shortcomings by providing appropriate, all-encompassing education. This enables the child to develop his/her personality and equips the child to face the challenges of life. As Anthony J. D’Angelo once said, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you’ll never cease to grow”.
At the Raath International School, our approach to learning is child-centric, encouraging activity-based learning and inculcating a scientific temper and a spirit of free enquiry. In our curriculum, the student is the primary focus, and each child is involved in the learning process. Albert Einstein said that “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Hence, the purpose of the education received by our children is to replace an empty mind with an open one. We motivate our teachers to provide an atmosphere for discovery, where students are encouraged to be creative and curious, instead of routinely loading the children with academic burden. We are thus constantly improving our teaching methodology so that it turns learning into a combination of classroom study, research, and scientific discovery.
According to Amos Bronson Alcott, a reformer, teacher, and philosopher, “Observation more than books, experience more than persons, are the prime educators.” While academic excellence is our major thrust, the school is also devoted to prepare our students for life, groom them to face the challenges of tomorrow, and encourage them to be socially relevant. We encourage each child to develop in his special field of interest so as to it becomes the best showcase of his particular type of talent. We constantly endeavor to always live up to this ideology and inculcate this into every thing we do, with the aim that we will be able to ensure that the children grow to their full potential, while constantly being groomed to pass out as men and women competent to bear responsibility in all walks of life. In the words of John Dewey, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”In the end I would like to thank the parents of our students for always having bestowed their faith and confidence in us. I would like to end with the words of Albert Einstein, who once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create”.