Dear Partners in our Education,
Today was very special; my students from the 2002 batch came by… two strapping young men I could hardly recognise as the very shy boys I’d taught 17 years ago! One is an artist; the other is on the lookout for ‘the right’ job. This led to my inevitable question: what was their qualification and their answer left me deeply troubled.
The artist is an Automobile Engineer. He told me that drawing, sketching, painting and all that comes with it, had been his passion from as long as he could remember. The portraits of his friends that he showed me looked like photographs. He has no formal training; could not get one. His father had categorically told him that he could do whatever he wanted AFTER he qualified to have a B.E. after his name. This dream of his father fulfilled, he has now set out to fulfill his own! He is working to hone his artistic skills, something he was born with. Imagine what his level might have been had he spent those 4 years in a Fine Arts college!
The other young man with his B.E. has qualification, but does he have any employable skill? When asked, he says that he is on the lookout for a job to suit his qualification.
This is very logical, but the flip side is, qualified young people wait for the right job to come by. They are not prepared to adapt themselves to situations, be go-getters, learn new skill sets and become employable. Such educated unemployable youth are a dime a dozen.
So the question now is, whose fault is it? Parents? Teachers? Our Educational System? Society? Well, whose ever it is, the ones who suffer are these young people. How do we, people at the so called HELM of affairs, redeem the situation?
Let’s start at the beginning. Let’s help our children get a dream. Let’s nurture them to nurture their dreams in such a way that they put in optimum effort to realize them. Let’s show them ways to make their interest, aptitude, attitude and skill sets meet at a common point, which will culminate in making them employable, or better still, entrepreneurs and future employers. Let us NOT emotionally blackmail them to live our unfulfilled dreams or worse still, give in to the ‘what will people (read relatives, friends) say’.
Let’s listen to our children with our heart, take professional help if required, do whatever it takes, to help them make informed and well analyzed choices to live their dreams, where there is no dearth for money of respect or happiness and contentment.
Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you.
Rama J. Sudev