It feels nostalgic when we recollect memories of those old school or college days where exams, competitions are a part of our everyday life in pursuit of growth. While these are some memories and experiences that we can cherish and share with the generations to come, the Ministry of Education is back with its fourth edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021. Not only children but parents and teachers can also participate, and the competition is open for all. Considering the current trends and scenario, we will now take the themes put forward by the ministry and discuss their importance while correlating with the real-life scenarios.
What is Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021?
Pariksha Pe Charcha is part of the larger movement – ‘Exam Warriors’ – led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to create a stress-free atmosphere for youngsters. It is a movement that is driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring together students, parents, teachers and the society to foster an environment where the unique individuality of each child is celebrated, encouraged and allowed to express itself fully.
Let’s Discuss the Themes in Depth :
Before we delve into the themes, we need to understand the core purpose of doing something. Leave winning or monetary benefits alone, but is there something we are able to achieve? Experience, learning or personal satisfaction? What is it that helps us to grow together as a society? We believe in learning from everything or anything. All it needs is a spark of right perception to grasp it. We can impart the same to our children when we are aware of the ultimate goal and create such an atmosphere around with our acts.
The themes put forward by the ministry are categorized into three segments.
1. Themes for Students :
Participation is open for school students of Classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th only.
1. Exams are like festivals, celebrate them
Activity: Draw a scene depicting a festival around your favourite subject.
2.India Is Incredible, Travel and Explore
Activity: Imagine your friend visits your city for three days. What memories would you create for him or her in each of the following categories?
- Places to See: (In not more than 500 characters)
- Food to Relish: (In not more than 500 characters)
- Experiences to remember: (In not more than 500 characters)
3.As One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Activity: Describe the most memorable experiences of your school life in not more than 1500 characters
4.Aspire, Not to Be, but to Do
Activity: If there was no restriction on resources or opportunities, what would you do for society and why? Submit a write up in not more than 1500 characters
Activity: Write ‘Gratitude Cards’ for those whom you are grateful to in not more than 500 characters
6.Question to PM :
Submit a question of your choice related to dealing with examination stress that you’ll like to ask the Prime Minister in not more than 500 characters
Our Take :
We believe a student gets to think, brainstorm, opinionate, visualize, correlate thoughts with ideas or showcase skills by coming up with individual concepts. If not for showcasing, at least a thought activity goes into those minds. The quest for ideas, thoughts or creativity helps students to think and come up with concepts. We have tried to put forward our thoughts, in short, around the given themes through the points below.
Theme 1: This theme tries to remove the fear of exams among students. This activity requires to draw a scene which needs a student to correlate real-life celebrations with exams around their favourite subject. As India is a land of festivals, students are ought to think, learn and apply creativity to come up with a drawing out of their imagination.
Theme 2: Travel, Hospitality, See, Relish and Remember – Travelling as a means of education is as good as civilization. Students learn more by seeing than through listening. While the theme encourages travelling, exploring, and learning, this activity focuses on the perception, judgement, and hospitality skills one should possess. Infact these are some of the skills corporate companies require their professionals to be masters at for handling business or clients.
Theme 3: Experiences are never-ending. The worst or best today may not be forever. So, learn from the bad, cherish the best memories and continue to progress. If one journey ends, the other begins is the theme all about. How the learning environment at schools is impacting the students’ minds and what kind of best memories are students able to make at schools are the core aspects here.
Theme 4: Through the hearts of ignited minds, if given superhero powers in the form of resources and opportunities, what are the changes these young minds do to society? Isn’t it awesome reading the dreams of the future of India?
Theme 5: Gratitude turns what we have into enough. One needs to learn how to be grateful for small things, big things and everything in between. Thankfulness is what helps students understand the simple joys of achievements, happiness and even griefs. Let us make this world a beautiful place to live by adding small meaningful gestures to our everyday life is the core of the theme.
Theme 6: A question to the PM. Don’t you think your child needs to take part in this opportunity? Leave about the answer that may come, but be sure to make your child take this opportunity to think and come up with a question. With great questions come great answers and solutions.
While we encourage students, parents and teachers to participate in the competition, irrespective of the participation, all the activities put forward by the ministry help students in their personal growth and interpersonal skill development. So, you can take the above themes and give your little ones similar activities during your time with them, and how you appreciate them is a matter of personal choice.
2. Themes for Parents :
Theme 1: Your Words Make Your Child’s World – Encourage, As You Have Always Done
Activity: Write a story about the vision you share with your child for his or her future. Let your child write the first sentence. Then you write the next and so on. (In not more than 1500 characters)
Theme 2: Be Your Child’s Friend—Keep Depression Away
Activity: Write a postcard to your child and let him or her know why they are special. (In not more than 500 characters)
Our Take :
No matter how busy you are with commitments, make sure you spend significant time with your child/children whenever possible. Be your child’s friend so that they can freely share everything with you, be it good or bad they encounter. As a parent, this helps you to understand what is happening around them in your absence. Parental guidance, encouragement, inspiration, sharing your vision while simultaneously getting to know the dreams of your little ones is very much essential. This theme focuses on the same.
3. Theme for Teachers :
Theme 1: Online Education System – Its benefits and how it can be improved further.
Activity: Submit a creative write-up on the topic in about 1500 characters
Our Take :
If not teachers, who else can explain better the problems faced during online classes? Though parents, students and institutions have their versions, we believe this a chance for teachers to put forward their views, be it benefits or troubles, on the online education system. This feedback would help build more realistic solutions and prepare for any challenges that may come in future.
We believe this is a chance for the students, parents and teachers to share their opinions directly to the ministry and be a part of the change. It is not often we get chances like these, while we also hope the ministry makes the best use of the feedback through this medium and bring better educational reforms.
Start Date : 18 February 2021
End Date : 14 March 2021