Our Indian standard of education is excellent. Our students are amongst the best in the world. They score high on marks – to the extent of securing even 100% in English! But can we truly say that our children are well rounded? Not just masters of marks but also fluent in languages, communication and general knowledge? Have they developed a team spirit and qualities of leadership – which participation in sports ensures? Do they see beyond the confines of their school and home to recognize in equalities around which participation in social work can help develop? They may be top of the heap in securing marks but can they hold their own in public debates or present themselves admirably in an interview which participation in debates and elocution and drama ensures. There is so much of the past that was character forming which our schools have discarded or forgotten in the pursuit of High Grades. Institutions like National Cadet Corps and Scouts and Guides; Institutions like the Social Service League; the Arts, Crafts, Culture and Philosophies of our country that our children are unfamiliar with; the history which is crumbling around us and our children don’t even know what they are losing; all this and more has a lot to offer and must be gathered with care before it is all scattered in the vicissitudes of time. The DELHI WORLD PUBLIC FOUNDATION, a Dipsites Pedagogy System and Knowledge Initiative pioneered by a group of graduates from the Delhi Public Schools who have since made a mark in the world, seeks to take education to a higher level. Not just rote learning and coaching the way to high scores and competitive examinations but an overall holistic comprehensive and focused initiative to produce all-rounded human beings. Of course we intend to maintain the highest standards of education. That is a given. What we emphasize is the road we are taking to get there perhaps the road less travelled; but a road which we hope is filled with adventure, with curiosity, with wonder. This is a challenge that we at the Delhi World Public Foundation have taken up in earnest. The wealth of knowledge and experience of our Life Trustees, Term Trustees, Advisory Council and Members of the Education & Resource Councilis being harnessed to open our students’ eyes to all the wonderful things that not just this country but the world has to offer. To appreciate art as well as to create it through Pottery and Painting; Sculpture and Mosaic. To establish their own individual identity through creativity. To not only carve a Printing Block or make Handmade Paper out of rags and waste but also to carry it further by printing on the paper and then on to adding value by making greeting cards, stationery, decorative boxes, etc. In simple words we want them to be children, leading an exciting child’s life and not be forced to become premature adults! Please join us and be part of our new adventure full of wonder and care.
Mrs. LOUISE KHURSHID