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Govt schools to start leadership programmes

Programme announced during ‘Excellence in Education” Awards function by Dy. Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia

Aim to inculcate leadership qualities in schoolchildren

The Delhi Government has launched a programme to inculcate and develop leadership skills among school children in the capital. Dy. Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced this plan during the Excellence in Education Awards function held at Thyagaraj Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Sisodia stressed upon the importance of leadership skills in every individual’s life. Leadership qualities are required not just for fighting elections, although that is good. But more important, Sisodia, said is to develop skills that will help an individual to set the pace in his or her own life. Many who are not in charge of their own lives discover that their lives are being led by someone else.

Sisodia said that we want our children to inculcate leadership qualities wherever they go in life, whether they join some profession or start a business. They should be able to provide leadership to society in case there is such a need in the future. They should be able to lead the nation if the nation needs them.

The Dy. Chief Minister said: “In our first year we focused on educational infrastructure. In the second year, we devoted our energy to providing international level training to teachers. These activities will continue. But now in our third year, we will focus on making learning more creative and productive. I believe that when a student leaves school he should know more than what he has read in the books. A creative spirit and self-confidence are more important than academic learning. More important than the syllabus is the ability to study textbooks with confidence.”

The proposed Leadership Programme will be introduced in a few select schools and gradually expanded to include every school in Delhi.

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