Schools should aim at modernisation without westernisation, opined Hemant Shah of Prakash Higher Secondary school in Bodakdev. Shah received Eklavya Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution as an academician at a function organised at the Ahmedabad Management Association on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on Thursday.
He received a certificate, trophy and cash prize of Rs50,000. Besides Shah, six other teachers from schools in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar too received Eklavya Excellent Educator Awards - 2013.
The function organised by Eklavya Education Foundation had Ankita Diwekar Kabra and Vardan Kabra- founder of Fountainhead School in Surat as chief guests. Other teachers who also received the award included Kanaiyalal S Patel, Vemuri Alivelu Manikyamba, Mohammedirfan M Shaikh, Urvish V Pandya, Nitin Acharya, Bachubhai Patel.
Shah said that until those in the education system develop critical thinking to swim against the current, it is difficult to bring any change in life. “Change is not the law of life, but appropriate change is,” he emphasised.
He pointed out that students need to be taught two crucial things in the current scenario: civility and learning to live together. “We have students who live in nuclear families, away from their grandparents. Can we imbibe values, culture and ethos and still be modern? Holding a laptop or a high-end mobile doesn’t make you modern,” said Shah.
He also said that as young India is still in classrooms, it is time to think if India needs a government that is beyond political parties.
“Can we have party-less government? We don’t have democracy.
My democracy is only till the time I vote for someone. The moment he is eleced, he follows the party president. It is not the government but the party that rules,” he said.