The huge expanse of water in front of me had an effect of a balm on my soul. I could instantly connect with the revered Ganga River and my mind. The experience of touching the water with my hands, sipping a handful of water and then stepping into the ghat full of cold flowing Ganga Water was most joyful. As I stood in the water, I could feel the magnetic vibrations of water. As though, it pulled away the pain of my body and negativity of my mind.
I stood there visualising the journey of Ganga from Gangotri to Haridwar.. how it would have grown from strength to strength, creating path for itself where none existed, converting its weakness of form into a strength of force.. Amazing, I thought. In this journey, the Ganga Water was not just made of molecules of oxygen and hydrogen, it had imbibed in it valuable, life sustaining and enriching minerals, herbs and particles, always moving ahead with force and benignity contributing to creation of flora, fauna, and bio diversity across a vast region.
Indeed, a child’s potential is akin to Ganga Water. A child, like Water, is born with same potential, like the molecules of water. It is the life’s journey and path it takes that defines her character. The environment around the child, the exposure and challenges at School, Home and Society must ingrain in the child the values of abundance, courage, perseverance, growth-mindset. I truly believe that this is possible by changing the paradigm of our traditional schools. World over, the students are being exposed to 21st Century Education components of project based learning, deeper learning and real-world education. Let us not pollute the mind of child like Ganga River with rote learning, standardised testing and strangled aspirations. It’s time to re-imagine Schools in India, it’s time to let the majestic form of Ganga flow in the heart and mind of every child – It’s time to help each child kindle her natural intelligence and infinite potential.
The author – Mr. Yeshwanth Raj Parasmal is the Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Strategum Eduserve Private Limited – India’s leading education management and services company. He is is a young and enterprising Social Entrepreneur committed to usher a change in the education field by contributing to the policy-making and capacity building of institutions.