Life Is Not About Taking But Giving
Simrin Bakshi, Chairperson, Vedanya International School, talks about the ecological and sustainable ethos of the school
With what objective did you establish Vedanya International School?
Vedanya is where ‘Ved’ (knowledge) and ‘Anya’ (endless) come together to symbolise an open mind that is ever ready to learn. We realised that we were a bunch of individuals who believed in the same philosophy. Life is about making connections, about being present in the moment and about learning and growing from our experiences. Life is about giving and receiving, and when we give wholeheartedly, we are rewarded with a richer, fuller life.
We wanted a place that would respect each child's uniqueness because we are learners each day. That is how Vedanya came about. The goal is to inspire children to become lifelong learners, fostering critical thinking and encouraging them to evaluate and question what they hear.
You have won the 'Green School in India' Award. What do you think made your school stand out in this category?
VIS believes that life is not about taking but giving. As we move forward, sustainability is the only way to live and every organisation and institute will need to define the same through environment-friendly, support features. We received Platinum-level of certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in 2022. This Platinum ranking reiterates our commitment towards ecological literacy, mindfulness of surroundings and sustainable practices as a way of life.
As we move forward, essence of giving sustainability is the only way to live and every organisation and institute will need to define the same through environment-friendly, support features.
What is your advice to those who want to enter the education sector?
There is a saying about parenthood: “Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body”. As parents, we understand the depth of this commitment made to ourselves and our wards. A teacher needs the same kind of commitment as a facilitator, mentor, guide counsellor towards each child in her/his class, year after year. It is indeed a selfless service for nation-building and a unique kind of ‘rite of passage’ of passing the baton to humans of the future.
So, anyone who enters this sector should know that they are shaping many lives.
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