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Sultan Speaks

JULY 2021

Democratic Schools: Can kids set the rules?

Democracies are meant to be for the people, by the people! Are schools meant to be for the children by the children?

Schools were happy to BE! Just Be what they were for centuries in spite of a lot of changes happening around them. Technology has changed our world in more ways than we imagined, the attitudes and behaviors of children have changed in more ways than most adults could comprehend. The need of the world or working spaces has changed like never before. Yet despite all these changes schools were happy to BE. For as long as schools or learning institutions have existed they have been designed to satisfy the needs of a society as the adults at that point in time deemed fit. The idea was always to help nurture young adults who can become contributing members of society and further its cause.

I believe that this approach is being questioned more than ever before as the power to control the school and the classroom is no longer an exclusive domain of the teacher or the management. The forced acceptance of the digital classroom due to the pandemic means that the control is equally in the hands of the student and now more than ever before the parents have a say in the classroom.

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Dr Anis Ahmed

Director/Principal Salmiya Indian Model School Kuwait

Manjula Raman

Principal Royal Concord International School Bangalore

Jayan Philip

Senior Teacher Neev Academy Bangalore

Deeksha Koilakonda

Director Academic Heights Public School Hyderabad

Sandhya Kakkar

Vice Principal Bal Bharati Public School New Delhi

Dr Raman Kumar Kharbanda

Hon Director Academics St Lawrence International School Haryana

Heramb Kulkarni

Head, Strategy and ICT Development Council for Creative Education (CCE), Finland

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Educationist, Coimbatore

Sudeep Ghosh

ToK Coordinator, The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad

Lakshmi Karna Belagere

Academic Advisor, Prarthana School, Bangalore

Yusuf Burhani

Principal, Saifee School, Udaipur

Mukesh Shelat

Principal, DPS, Varanasi

Pratibha Attri

Principal, S.G.R.R. Public School, Dehradun

Pramod Mahajan

Principal, Sharjah Indian School, Sharjah

Anjana Krishna Murthy

Vice Principalm Gitanjali Devshala, Hyderabad

Shilpika Das

Incharge Special Projects, Lotus Valley International School, Noida

Shraddha Jain

Co ordinator (11th & 12th), Sushila Birla Girl’s school, Kolkata

Mallika Prasad

Vice Principal, Royal Public School, Bangalore

Sudeshna Chatterjee

Director Principal, Euro School, Airoli Navi Mumbai

Ipsita Choudury

Principal, Ambuja Public School, Rabriyawas

Ms. Abhilasha Singh

Principal - Shining Star International School

Alka Kapur

Principal, Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi

Sunil C

Vice Principal, New Al Wurood International School, Jeddah

Chetna Keni

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Sarabjeet Kaur

Vice Principal Excelsior American School, Gurugram

Kawai Liu

Shanghai SMIC Private School - International Math Teacher, Grade Level Team Leader, China

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BEST Group of Schools Lead Coach-Academic Learning & Development, Navi Mumbai

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Principal, Gaikwad-Patil International School, Nagpur

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Founder - FloMont World School

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Head of Department, Cambridge Public School, Bangalore

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Principal, Seth M. R. Jaipuria Schools - Banaras Babatpur, Varanasi

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Principal, VSPK International School, Delhi

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