As a young student myself, one of the experiences I have enjoyed most is working with children in government schools in both India and Thailand. It has been fascinating to see the difference, to understand what makes a society grow. It made me think about what each country seems to value and even about how each country makes place for those who cannot pay for private education. An initiative by our school, Pathways School Noida, saw a group of us who regularly work with schools in India, spend some days with similar schools in Thailand.
A good educational system is the key foundation stone for the development of any nation, for it nurtures its most valuable resource- young people.As Nelson Mandela rightly said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’
In Thailand, it was very clear to see the powerful belief in a strong education system- and the government is prepared to invest in it. Our Community Service project took us to number of schools across Thailand from Princess Mother School in Phayao, Chiang Kham Public School to Chiang Kham Primary School in Chiang Kham.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the excellent infrastructure and facilities available for the students in all the schools and at first thought they were private schools as such schools would be, in India. I was shocked to find that these schools were in fact public schools, run and funded by the government. I found that the Thai government spends 22% of the total government expenditure on education. Even in a small town like Chiang Kham, the infrastructure and quality of the government school was truly inspiring, comparable to some of the most expensive private schools in India. The classrooms were stocked with every possible amenity, right from white boards and computers, to projectors and microphone systems to even microwaves and fridges in the classroom! There was even a 4D multiplex on their campus, and all this is available to the students for no cost what so ever. The students do not have to pay for education, uniforms or even stationary and books, as everything is paid for by the government and the emperor.
It saddened me to compare the public school system in Thailand and India. Despite the fact that our government spends about 650 Billion INR on education, our government schools sometimes lack the most basic amenities and facilities including books and writing material. Sometimes even basic infrastructure like paint work and furniture is found missing. Often classrooms in India where I have worked with children, are over-crowded with about 40-50 children per class. The chairs and tables are broken and damaged from somewhere or the other and despite being an English medium school, the only teacher who speaks relatively decent English is the English teacher.
It is high time for people to become aware of what is happening and take a step towards making a difference, making a change towards a better educated India, and lobby to our government to improve and better the public school system in our country, so that we too can give our young citizens the advantage of education in its fullest form
Shreya Gupta is a Grade 11 student at Pathways School Noida
We are all very excited about our Printmaking workshop exhibition and look forward to having you with us on Thursday 3rd April at 5:00 p.m.
Collecting fine artwork by well-known artists can be a rewarding pursuit for the dedicated collectors, but today works of art of eminent artists like ANJOLIE ELA MENON, GOGI SAROJ PAL, VED NAYAR are sold at levels which are beyond the reach of all but a few. The Annual Printmaking Workshop cum Exhibition brings owning a work of well-known artists within reach.
A portfolio of 25 etchings (art work) of both eminent and emerging artists will be on sale at the Preview Evening on Thursday 3rd April at 5:00 p.m. at Epicentre, Gurgaon to raise funds for art talent in neighbouring villages.
The IBDP students of Pathways Schools have gained admissions to prestigious universities in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, France, Panama, Singapore and UAE. They have also joined India’s leading colleges.
IB Diploma Programme is officially recognized in India.The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes the IB Diploma as equivalent to the Plus Two (10+2) Class of the Senior Secondary School, which is the eligibility criterion for admission to the undergraduate courses in India. The IB issues Indian equivalent percentages for the IBDP grades to those students who intend to apply to Indian universities.
In most Indian universities, admissions are over by mid-June. However, the IBDP results are declared only on July 6. While overseas universities grant admission on the basis of predicted grades, most Indian universities require the final mark sheets issued by the Board. On our part, the School writes to colleges to which students seek admission, providing details like students’ predicted grades, evidence of AIU recognition and the IBDP results timeline. The Mumbai University issues Provisional Statement of Eligibility Certificates to IBDP students, which facilitates admission of students to the various colleges and professional institutions affiliated to Mumbai University without the submission of the final grade results issued by the IB, on the grounds that the IB declares results late vis-à-vis the University’s admission timelines.
As per announcement made by Mumbai University in January 2008, IB Diploma students with Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level and Chemistry at Standard Level are eligible to apply for Bachelor of Engineering (except for Chemical Engineering) at colleges affiliated to it. Similarly, those IB Diploma candidates with Mathematics at HL, Chemistry at HL and Physics at SL are eligible to apply for Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. Further, the IB Certificate holders will also be eligible to apply for various courses under the faculty of Arts/Commerce/Science at colleges affiliated to Mumbai University.
The IBDP students from our schools have gained admissions to leading colleges, which include
- Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat
- Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
- Faculty of Management Studies-ShaheedSukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University
- Sri Venkateshwar College
- College of Vocational Studies – Delhi University
- Indian School Institute of Business and Finance, Delhi
- OberoiSchool of Hotel Managem
- Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune
- Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME), Pune
- Fergusons College Pune.
- ChristUniversity, Bangalore.
- Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
- National Institute of Design, Bangalore
- Manipal University.
- H R College, Mumbai
- NarseeMonjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
- Jai Hind College, Mumbai
- K C College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai
An IBDP student is able to appear for the entrance examinations for admission to professional courses like engineering, medicine, management, law, etc., in India.
We are thrilled to announce that Pathways School Noida is hosting an International Film Festival. This two days extravaganza would showcase films from Iran, Poland, Japan, Turkey, Estonia, USA, Brazil and India.
The unusual learning experience for young students at Pathways School Noida will also feature workshops on animation, special effects, poster making, environmental issues etc.
There is a special Open show for all – parents and children from Grade 2 upward – on Friday 6th December at 3.30 pm. You are welcome to join in along with friends and family to watch the show.
The 2013 annual rankings are out and we take great pride in sharing the same with you all…
Pathways World School, Aravali has been declared the BEST International School in the NCR region (Hindustan Times C-4 Survey Page 8, today) and the 2nd Best Residential International School in INDIA ( Education World Indian School Rankings, cover story, Page 42).
Pathways School, Gurgaon and Pathways School, Noida have been ranked as the 2nd and 3rd Best International Day Schools in the NCR region respectively. In the all India category of international day schools, they have been placed 8th and 11th.
In just a decade we have set traditions and new standards and our hearts are full of gratitude and pride.
From TEAM Pathways, thank you ….. to each stake holder for playing his/ her part in leading us onwards and making us raise the bar for ourselves and making a dream come true in “ Bringing Joy To Education!”
We currently have:
- 1 set of Quadruplets (3 girls and 1 boy)
- 1 set of Triplets (2 girls and 1 boy)
- 16 pairs of twins (29 pairs over the years)
International Students over the decade:
- USA: 147
- UK: 93
- South Korea: 139
- Nepal: 75
- Japan: 19
- France: 10
- Thailand: 7
- A total of 57 nationalities
- We were the first in India to get a residential student from Pakistan
- Our very first International student came from Bangladesh
- We have mainstreamed, over 10 years, 77 students in Special Education