The Fifth International Colloquium concluded on Sunday, August 6th with a Valedictory Address given by Stephen Slater, CEO of the Light Aircraft Association, UK and former Formula One commentator with the Singapore-based Star Sports TV.
A Special Address by Biomimicry expert, Daniel Rodary of Biomimicry Europa was also part of the evening program including a speech by the Director of Education for Clonlara, USA, Beverley Munday, an educational partner of Sri Atmananda Memorial School since 2005.
At the Valedictory session, the date for next year’s event of August 3-5, 2018 was announced for the Sixth International Colloquium.
Among the distinguished guests this year were:
- Stephen Slater of the Light Aircraft Association, UK,
- Associate Professor Bob Bain of the University of Michigan who has overseen the curriculum internationally for the Big History Project,
- Beverley Munday, Director of Education from Clonlara School, Michigan, USA
- Daniel Rodary, Coordinator, Saviors Trees program, France & Pondicherry, India,
- Professor Prafulla Agnihotri of Indian Institute of Management, and
- Prashant Dhawan and Seema Anand of the Biomimicry India Network movement in architecture and design.
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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.