Mrs. Jerath’s Interview with National Daily – July 2011

Q. 1. What is your perception of DLPS?

ANS: I look at DLPS as my baby. DLPS is a school celebrated for its sheer child-centeredness, a space where we nurture 2500 happy Delfites and have no intentions to grow anymore in numbers. Our growth henceforth would only be in quality we shall look inwards to grow outwards . We call ourselves a school with a SOUL, where it’s more important to be good rather than being just smart, where the definition of success is to be able to do more for the world than it does for you. At DLPS we believe that true growth comes from competing with yourself not by comprising yourself with others. All stakeholders have ownership and where we don’t work for anybody but we work WITH each other. Our conducive school environment has led us to receive much appreciation and acclaim.

Q. 2. How do you perceive happiness for the youngsters?

ANS: To me, success is not the basis of happiness. It’s happiness that is that basis of success. The capacity to care is what gives life its deepest significance. This ideal has been imbibed by our young Delfites who prefer to see themselves as ‘change agents; people who can make a difference to the lives of other people rather than remaining just helpless beneficiaries of society or passive onlookers. Our Delfites have experienced the tranquility and joy that surfaces when you work for something larger than yourself.

Q.3 What is the rationale for including Meditation in the School Curriculum?

ANS: The calm and serene environment at DLPS owes itself to the fact that the school begins and ends its day with Meditation. In addition Children spend time every year meditating at the Vipassana Centre as also attending meditation camps in the school. Vipassana Meditation is a path, a value, an alternative that we’ve given our Delfites, hoping to sow in their impressionable minds the seeds for a peaceful, happy and good life. This attempt at raising their emotions and spiritual quotient has seen success with children increasing their concentration, memory and equanimity, also reduces their aggression, makes them sensitive and eventually enhances well-being.

Q. 4. How do you view the rapid changes in education today?

ANS: We are experiencing an exam of profound and rapid change. A new India is in the making; a ‘younger’, a more dynamic and more energetic India, with a projected average age of 29 years in 2020. But there are accompanying challenges too. And the solution lies in the transformation that has to begin in our schools. </br> I view the changes and challenges in education as opportunities and feel blessed to be involved with the transition. As a school we are reworking and relooking at the ways in which we work. We have revisited our vision and mission and broadened our horizons to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

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