Join us for the Fifth International Colloquium on the Teacher-Student Relationship in Education to be held August 4-6th, 2017, at Sri Atmananda Memorial School in Kerala, India. This year we are welcoming guests from Europe, the United States and India and to find out about participation and convenient accommodation close to the venue, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Partnerships and support have been a natural byproduct of the Colloquium series and we would like to acknowledge the generosity of Decathlon India for offering a three-day internship opportunity for senior students of Sri Atmananda Memorial School. Held in April 2017 this was made possible by 2014 Colloquium guest participant Ravi Sinha, Head of HR for Decathlon, India. Thanks to the additional support of Decathlon India’s President, Mr. Steve Dykes, students were invited to their Bangalore location and Indian headquarters, giving them real-life exposure to retail, operations, design, supply chain management and many other areas of the business.
The International Colloquium series, launched in 2013, was designed to avoid the usual pattern of academic theories and symposia and give participants the opportunity to join hands-on, interactive sessions with teachers, alumni and former parents to experience an education where the teacher- student relationship is central to the educational experience. Among the principles that are reflected upon are:
- Creating a relationship of trust between teacher and taught
- Connecting learning with the student’s own experience and interest
- Acknowledging the individual ways in which children learn and develop
UNESCO has supported the Colloquium series since its inception, and in a congratulatory message for the Fourth Colloquium stated that:“…The relationship amongst teachers and students has always been diverse and there is increasing recognition that teachers play the most important role in a student’s learning – and thus, in improving educational attainments, increasing the ability of young people to participate in society and today’s knowledge economies, boosting productivity and prosperity…We at UNESCO believe that teachers enhance and shape student learning and are active promoters of the values of citizenship, peace and intercultural dialogue…”.
The Foundation was joined by its support organizations, Association pour le Soutien à AVEF (ASAVEF, France) and the Organization for Atma Vidya Educational Foundation (OAVEF, U.S.A.) in welcoming key members of civil society, educators, and eminent individuals to the three-day event.