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Ekya / February 01, 2023 Posted by : administrator

We bustled through the uniform staircases of CMR NPS, chattering amongst each other about how the Talks would be. Finally, we reached the auditorium, scanned the familiar place, and scouted across the sea of students for a place to sit. We were indeed late, but we made sure not to create a distraction and soon found seats in the back.

An expert speaker from Plaksha University and LaSalle College welcomed us into the first section of our eventful day. Both universities made sure to entice us with their benefits and painted a picture in our minds of our typical day in their college. Smiling and reconsidering our options for college, we awaited the next part of our day, Resume Building.

The resume-building activity started with the expert speaker introducing us to the generic format of writing resumes; she made sure to inform us what to write, what not, and how to phrase your achievements in a way that convinces the receiver to ‘draft’ you. After a quick question-answer session, she bid us good luck and farewell.

The third part of our day was with a professional architect and doctor; this, by far, was my favourite part of the day, as they gave a glimpse at their life and an insight into how they reached the position they are in now and why they decided to pursue their ambitions and passions. They motivated us to go out there, find our love, follow it, take advice from those around us and always have a second perspective on such life-changing decisions. They gave us informative advice that I will imbibe in my life.

They all split into pairs in the last session and visited different workshops. We were presented with various options for spending our last few hours; we were all scratching our heads; so many good options….Ravinder Koushik, Manoj  Kumar Agrawal, Dolly Nihalani Desai, Gaurav Madan, Sheetal Soni, and Deepthi Naik. After debating the possibilities for a long while, I chose the Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Gaurav Madan. He provided information on how to go ahead with a filmmaking career and what not to do. Although I do not have any particular interest in the topic, I always wanted to keep my choices open, so this session was definitely with it.

James Josephs

Grade 9 IGCSE

Ekya Schools, Byrathi


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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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College and Career Guidance at Ekya Schools

With the world's largest youth population and the highest number of student enrollments in post-secondary education, Indian pre-university colleges and schools require college and career counselling to play a unique and crucial role. Research estimates that by 2030, more than half of the world's youth in low- and middle-income nations will not possess the skills necessary to be part of the modern workforce. It has also indicated that increased participation in activities related to career guidance is strongly associated with improved career readiness. In 2022, the Institute of Student Quest survey of high school students in India revealed that students find College and career guidance very valuable. With India's new National Educational Policy emphasising skills training, it is crucial for high schools to reflect on the direction they provide students in this vital stage.  College and Career Guidance (CCG) at CMR-Ekya schools is a program of significant importance. Intending to provide a comprehensive education, we enable our senior school students and parents to make informed decisions about their educational and extracurricular choices and empower them through a journey of self-discovery to culminate in their successful admission into a desired program and University. In addition, the CCG team provides opportunities that help students develop the skills and mindset they need to succeed in the long term. The program also includes assisting students in building their resilience, adaptability, problem-solving and communication skills.  The critical initiatives helmed by CCG include:
  • Interest and Skill Assessment: The counselling team assists our students while they explore their interests, assess their readiness for College or a particular career, build skills and navigate the application and admission process. Students are encouraged to use their strengths and interests to create their path.
  • Career Awareness Workshop: Career awareness workshops enable students to think about their future careers and explore different options. These workshops help students understand their strengths and interests, learn about the various career paths available to them, and develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their goals. These include Career Exploration, Academic Streams and Career Opportunities, Study Abroad - An overview, Profile Building, and Resume Building. 
  • Online Resource Repository: The online resource repository provides students with curated resources to explore skill assessment frameworks, different career options, courses, colleges, examinations, and scholarships and learn about the college application process. The repository allows students to explore what they have to offer, combine different fields or find ways to apply their skills unexpectedly.
  • Expert Talks and Mentorship Programs: We partner with stakeholders of the school community and other organisations to facilitate expert talks, mentorship programs, job shadowing opportunities, and other initiatives that give students real-world experience and guidance.
  • Meet the University: Students engage in information sessions by Universities from India and abroad, such as Ashoka University, Krea University, Srishti School of Design, Massey University, New Zealand and the University of West Virginia. One of the exciting experiences our students participated in was the Design College Pathway Program. This program provided students of grades 9 to 12 an opportunity to explore the diverse fields of Design by visiting the city's leading Design institutions.
  • Career Camp: The Career Camp allows our student community to engage in career-readiness events and learnings. This event encompasses panel discussions, expert talks across diverse fields, university information sessions and alums interactions. 
  • Summer Immersion Program: The Summer Immersion Programme provides an opportunity for students to discover their passion and understand university education. In collaboration with CMR University, this project-based programme helps students engage in topics and issues through learning environments focused on real-world, hands-on experiences in the University labs, libraries, and maker spaces. Some of the courses offered include Zoom in Zoom Out by the School of Architecture, Junior Paralegal by the School of Law and Young Entrepreneur by the School of Management.
We at CMR-Ekya schools ensure that we prepare our students with the necessary skills to make informed decisions about their college and career pathways. College and career guidance for high school students are about more than just helping them choose a college or career. It's about helping them develop the skills and mindset they need to succeed in an uncertain world, which enables them to create a fulfilling and meaningful career landscape that aligns with their values and goals.

A Guide To Finding Sustainable Solutions For Common Teenage Social Problems

The teenage years, or the years between the ages of 13 and 19, are a time of growth and struggles. Coping with the stress of internal and external struggles, like puberty, hormonal changes, peer and parental pressure, academic performance, social acceptance, health issues, etc., are some of the common aspects of being an adolescence. In addition to this, teens also feel the need for constant acknowledgement & validation of their feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Many contemporary factors govern teenage problems, such as a fast-paced lifestyle, inadequate education, the lack of proper mentorship or parental guidance, social unawareness, etc. Early identification of developmental problems (like anxiety and depression in students, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc.) can help make the teen years easier. However, some teenage social problems require research, deeper discussion, effective mentorship, and a socially supportive environment. We've highlighted some in the next few paragraphs.

1) Lifestyle Problems:

  • Substance Abuse
Unsupervised exposure to the high-end celebrity lifestyle, poor guidance & parental supervision, and the easy availability of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco lead to substance abuse, one of the most common teenage problems. Despite strict regulations on underage drinking and prescription drug use, teens find a way to consume addictive substances, often because they're unaware of their risks and seek temporary escape from the harsh reality around them.
  • Hormonal Issues
Poor diet planning and inactive lifestyle can lead to several hormonal issues that may result in mild or moderate health problems. E.g., acne, diabetes, PCOS, nutritional deficiency, obesity, etc.
  • Depression
There could be multiple reasons behind depression in students. E.g., persistent health issues, obesity, inability to perform well, sexual abuse, etc. Depressive disorders have been around for a while, but they've recently gained attention after the pandemic. Insomnia, eating disorders, social isolation, poor performance, disinterest, and other symptoms of depression are common. They can be treated with timely diagnosis, counselling, and medical treatment.

2) School/Study Problems:

  • Learning Disabilities
ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and autism spectrum diseases, etc., are disorders that affect students' ability to understand concepts.
  • Academic Stress
Fear of examinations, a poor study schedule, difficulty managing time and routines, an inability to stick to deadlines, unhealthy competition among students, etc. cause academic stress. Stressed students may often find it hard to perform well in their classes due to performance anxiety, even though they've got the skill and aptitude to excel.
  • Poor Concentration & Lack Of Mindfulness
Stress, environmental distractions, fleeting thoughts, a poor learning environment, and ineffective pedagogies followed at school cause students to lose focus, thus causing disinterest in studies.

3) Social Problems:

  • Peer Pressure
Peer pressure, which has adversely affected teenagers for several generations, has become a serious issue due to the advent of social media. For instance, children are often compelled to copy a certain lifestyle (like partying, bunking classes, etc.) just because their close friends are doing it. Poor decision-making due to peer pressure may have life-threatening consequences. E.g., school bullying, unprotected sex, substance abuse, suicide, etc. 
  • Parental Pressure
When parents set unclear or unrealistic expectations for academic success, performance standards, social behaviours, and family rules, they unintentionally cause emotional stress. Although this pressure comes out of concern for the child's future, it hampers their present well-being and choices.
  • School Bullying & Violence
Instances of school bullying have become more prevalent due to social media usage. Although instances of violence may have declined due to the strict regulations followed at school, it can't help prevent shaming, labelling, or cyberbullying. If left unchecked, it could cause lifelong trauma to the victims.

4) Problems Resulting From Poor Choices

  • Cyber Addiction
Cyber addiction (social media addiction and excessive screen abuse) may result from disinterest in offline activities, a preference for convenience, and poor adult supervision.

What Are The Solutions?

As adults, the best way to solve teenage problems is to monitor, mentor, and educate kids; set realistic expectations; and enforce strict discipline, wherever necessary. Here are some prospective solutions. 1) Early identification of developmental problems (like hormonal issues, depression, anxiety, etc.) can help control them. Watching out for the signs like insomnia, eating disorders, disinterest, social isolation, poor health & lifestyle, dropping grades, bad company, etc., and being vigilant to prevent further damage can help teenagers. 2) Understanding & Acknowledging Teenage Transitions It's crucial for adults to acknowledge teens' feelings and address their concerns or doubts without being insensitive, judgmental, or overly critical towards them. Teens may often find it hard to express themselves because they don't trust adults to understand them. Defiant behaviour is a direct consequence of strict parenting or a lack of proper parental guidance and understanding, which produces insecurity, negative feelings (confusion, jealousy, anger, etc.), and dislike towards adults. Thus, it is important for carers to listen to children, provide honest & constructive feedback, and value their child's need for privacy, when required. 3) Generating Awareness Many times, children are unaware of the ill-effects or life-threatening consequences of particular activities like substance abuse, unprotected sex, school bullying, etc. Educating them about the bad consequences, providing them with better and healthier ways to solve a crisis at hand, and mentoring them are the best possible ways of educating teens. 4) Having Direct & Transparent Communication Clear, transparent, constructive and open-ended conversations strengthen the adult-teen bonds by making children feel safe to express their feelings or talk about complicated experiences like abuse, bullying, sexuality, etc. Unless we build trust, respect, and acceptance with proper words, we can't make teenagers understand our viewpoint. Enforcing punishments and rules without explaining the causes, consequences, or alternatives will only make it worse. 5) Offering Medical & Social Help We must understand that not all problems can be solved by parents and teachers. There are experts like counsellors, doctors, etc., who offer better solutions for the physical and mental well-being of students. We shouldn't hesitate to seek outside help if it helps our child. Did you know? Approximately 10 to 20% of a child's waking hours are spent at school. Schools play a crucial role in shaping the formative and teen years of an individual. Thus, choosing a good school has become more critical today. If you're looking for the best CBSE Schools in Bangalore or the best ICSE Schools in Bangalore that create a safe, welcoming, nurturing, and socially productive environment for your child, you have landed in just the right place. Ekya Schools, one of the best schools in Bangalore, offers adequate guidance, coucelling sessions, educator support, and education to help young minds navigate through the complexities of the teenage years. Click here to know why it is the best choice for your teenager!

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