What's in a school? Mother's pride!
Sudha Gupta, Principal, Mother's Pride School.
FOR SUDHA Gupta, the chairperson of the Mother's Pride chain of three pre-nursery schools in West Delhi, achievements speak louder than words. Her relaxed efficiency at the helm of this premier institution, which she launched in 1996, camouflages her furious pace of work which has made Mother's Pride among the better schools in Delhi.
Sudha, who can be safely called a torchbearer in the field of quality pre- nursery education in India, today runs the three sprawling schools for two-to-four-year-olds at Punjabi Bagh, Deepali and Paschim Vihar, where some 1,600 children are on the rolls and 400 teachers employed to manage business.
The school is going to organise a function this coming Saturday -- June 22 -- where Union Minister for Urban Development, Ananth Kumar would give away the Best Talent award for the year to students.
Remembering her earlier days, Sudha says when she initially started off work, some scoffed at the very idea. "A school for two-year-olds, they queried. It was only later that those connected with the field of education came to recognise the merit in what I am doing.'' She says eyebrows were similarly raised when she introduced computer education for two-year-olds. Today, her path-breaking ideas are being emulated.
Sudha says the bulk of the child's brain is formed by the age of four, which determines the attitudes, personality and standing in later life.
However much the scepticism, she says Mother's Pride was instantly liked by the parents from the first day as they saw their children acquiring self-confidence. It was on the insistence of parents that Sudha launched the hobby club for children between the age group of three to 15 years. This club enables even those children who are past the pre-nursery stage to take advantage of the unique facilities at Mother's Pride and acquire a good personality. Some 5000 children are part of this club.
The school soon started annual open competitions for children in the three to 15 years age group in the year 1997, providing a platform for kids to exhibit their talent. Over 3000 children from various schools of Delhi participated in this competition last June and 500 of them received awards for disciplines such as elocution, dancing, painting, music, singing and fashion show in age groups ranging from three to five and 13 to 15 years.
Besides pre-school training to children, Mother's Pride extends a helping hand to the disadvantaged children too by giving aid to the voluntary organisation CRY. It has also adopted a project named `Ashray' for providing health and education benefits to street children around the New Delhi railway station. Similarly, efforts have been made to reach out to the elderly through contributions to voluntary organisations Helpage India and Prayas. Even more than the financial aid, it is the involvement that Mother's Pride gives the children from CRY and Prayas and the elderly from Helpage India in the school's activities that is most touching.
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