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EducationMental well-being vital for child’s growth, says expert

Mental well-being vital for child’s growth, says expert

Published: 5th Jul 2021 5:38 pm

Pallavi Group of Institutions along with Manodarpan, an initiative of the Ministry of Education for Psychological Support and Mental Well-Being of Students, conducted a webinar on Family School Partnership. The event had thoughts of diverse panelists, who put forward the challenges and solutions related to family school partnership.

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The table of panelists included Dr Jitendra Nagpal, working group member, Manodarpan, as moderator and host. Accompanying him was M Komaraiah, Chairman, Pallavi Group of Institutions; G Vanaja, Principal of Akshara Vaagdevi International School; T Tanuja, Principal, PMS Boduppal; Sunir Nagi, Treasurer, HSCC; M Srikanth, counselling psychologist; N Santhosh Kumar, founder SHIELD (self-defense); Sukhjeet Kaur, peer educator and a student of grade XII; Rajvi Gupta, peer educator and student of grade X and Priyadarshini, a parent.

M Komaraiah shared how he handled problems during this pandemic and motivated the students to look upon challenges as chances to learn. Sunir Nagi briefed with examples and anecdotes about how family engagement and experiential learning reconnects and rejuvenates the child’s capacity to think out of the box. G Vanaja explained the importance of socio-emotional balance and mental well-being in a child’s holistic growth.

T Tanuja stated that as a responsible institution they should look forward to child’s integrity and focus on their mental health. Dr Nagpal had a tête-à-tête with Sukhjeet and Rajvi where they spoke about challenges of teenagers. They shared how as peer educators they have contributed in engaging their friends by conducting weekly meets with activities like Zumba, yoga, theatre, etc. N Srikanth stressed on the need to bring more counsellors in the school and to guide students in the right direction.

N Santhosh discussed the importance of self-defence and highlighted that children and teenagers are prone to getting attacked in public and hence considered practising self-defence. Priyadarshini, who was representing parents, expressed her gratitude to all the teaching staff for never letting her and her kids down in any way. She opined that there was a need for more parent teacher partnerships and less parent teacher meetings).

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