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President Prathiba Patil on Wednesday, 18th April, pitched for adopting teaching methodologies that will prepare children to "think critically" and come out with solutions for several issues in this technologically-advanced world. Addressing a function to mark 40 years of establishment of Delhi Public School in RK Puram here, Patil exhorted students to learn to care for elderly and poor and to collect old clothes and medicines to distribute among poor and the needy.
"Schools constitute basic pillars of education. It is very necessary for schools to impart great education and make understand students the worthiness of discipline and integrity," she said in her speech. Noting that teaching is one of the noblest jobs in the world, Patil asked the fraternity to interpret the vast information that is available today and give it to children to prepare them for the future. "Teaching methodologies adopted should be such that children are helped to think critically, design actively and reflect. The education system needs to strengthen the values of secularism, democracy, inclusiveness and pluralism”. "These great values, enshrined in our Constitution, give strength and sustenance not only to our diverse multi-cultural society, but also to our country," she said. In a rapidly changing and a technologically driven world, she said children need to absorb and quickly comprehend streams of new information, use that information to solve new and unique problems, and then present those solutions in innovative and effective ways. Diwakar Sharma, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs runner up and student of DPS, R. K. Puram, captivated the audience with his soulful rendition of the song 'Padharo Mhare Des' and Patil congratulated him personally. The President also presented awards to meritorious students and alumni of the DPS, R. K. Puram. Law Minister Salman Khurshid and deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwhalia, both alumni of DPS, Mathura Road, also participated in the function.
Courtesy: Times of India
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