Shamator town with administrative unit which covers 22 villages and a population of over 25000 is yet to have a standard educational institute added with miserable roads, yet-to-build-water schemes, skeletons of medical facilities, etc., which seem to remain eternal. However, the recently held parents’ teachers meeting at St. Xavier School, Shamator deliberated on a ‘renewed method of education,’ in practical forms.
With communitization which is the much talked about method of administration in the present world, inviting the public to be part of the educational efforts through their new roles in the administrative matters of the school, St.Xavier school took with a focus on the active place for the parents in the education of their children by conducting parents and teachers meeting to address relevant problems.
Unlike the conventional parents’ meeting in the school, the management and teachers met the parents in their own sectors/community halls with the whole area divided into five groups, the parents could gather with ease and participate in the meeting in a familiar and friendly atmosphere addressing the problems with precision.
Highlighting the agendas discussed at the meeting, Catechist and teacher Chimjiba Martin said the meeting had a three-tier structure of ‘appreciation’, ‘clarification’ and ‘suggestion,’ while evaluating the school and its performance. This led them into objective thoughts and expressions and moreover avoided random talks and roundabout expressions. The parents and the management exchanged views as part of one team to evaluate and to build the future with involved efforts. The educative session of the meeting was built around the theme, ‘education; a fruit of the combined efforts of child, parents and teachers.’ Each section of the parents’ body voted for their representative to the school advisory board in a democratic manner.
Chimjiba also informed that taking the local situation the focus of the year had been to create a clean atmosphere. As part of the social development, the school committed to build two toilets each in the all the five areas. The student-beneficiaries were selected based on special criteria.
‘Home Evaluation,’ a creative and genuine step was also introduced this year by the school towards growth-oriented social programme. The process was done by a group of teachers walking into the house of every student. While a considerable time was spent with the parents and members of the family, an evaluation was done on the maintenance of the students, their homes, study materials, dress, etc.
The parents and children took efforts in the exercise while a healthy competitive atmosphere prevailed with everyone keeping an eye on the cash award for the best home. The people in general lauded the school for their creative efforts in implanting values in the children and parents.