SME WORLD Bureau
Vidushi Daga is a proactive and far-sighted enthusiast and an ambitious visionary, epitomises the pioneer spirit of man. Her leadership qualities like dynamism, courage of conviction and unwavering commitment to excellence continues to guide many today. She is a role model for all who aspire to achieve the impossible and strive to transform their dreams into reality.
She began her career at a tender age of 14 as distributor for products and exhibiting them, moving on to the Bullion Industry with her Grandfather who was then the president of The Bombay Bullion Association. True trendsetter, and just aged 17 years, Ms. Daga then forwarded to The Bombay Stock Exchange with Ramesh Damani Securities where she was a very successful arbitrageur.
Continuing her journey and balancing her personal life with professional life, Ms. Daga came up with a new concept to get into the space of Technology to Transform Seniors and Women digitally…
That's when Clone Futura was incepted and conceived where she started from home with just 3 students in July 2012 and it has since spread with humungous leaps and bounds across Mumbai.
Clone Futura, a technology training institute offers onsite customized training and support service in Computer, iPad and Smartphones to people of all age groups, kids, women, and senior citizens at their residence or work place. The institute's objective is to make every individual digitally literate; this is in keeping with PM Narendra Modi's dream of Transforming India Digitally.
Today Clone Futura is a growing movement, which has empowered over 58,000 students within a span of 3 years catering to technological needs of kids, women and seniors; transforming their lives. They offer personalized onsite digital training beyond the barriers of age with her 250+ trainer force.
SME WORLD interacted with Vidushi Daga, founder of Clone Futura Education.
Kindly explain how education is different from learning.
There is a very thin line between education and learning. Education primarily deals with gaining and imparting knowledge. Whereas learning is a process that leads to change, which occurs as a result of one's experience and increases the potential of improved performance and future learning. Education is basically what you learn and when you implement it in your future or improve it in your future then it becomes something you have learnt. One cannot function without other. If you don't educate yourself then there is nothing you learn.
We are creating more literates and less educated. How can we sync literacy with actual education?
Now a day's education has become very bookish. There is less practical implementation done. So when we talk about literates, we refer to a person who can read and write, or someone who is educated in a specific area of knowledge. Whereas an educated person is someone who has good judgment, knows how to learn, takes initiatives, and communicates thoughts and ideas in writing, clearly and concisely. So in such scenarios where we need a mix of both qualities, so schools and colleges should have a mix of bookish as well as practical education methods. Whatever is being thought should have a step where there should be a scope of improvement and implementation. In this way people can educate themselves in various sectors which eventually prove beneficial.
Today, children are under pressure to learn. What is the best way to exploit the latent talent of children?
No doubt that school are a good way to give basic education to kids. But then it should not be centred to subject only, (maths English, science etc) It should be more that matches to the interests of the child. For example some kids cannot study through books. They like games more. So schools should involve curriculum mixed with fun. Like with digital learning, a student can study in a way where they can learn and gain education at the same time. This is the best way where schools can bring out their inner talent in the best way and help them improvise.
Do you think going digital will help the child actually 'learn' the traits of education?
Today 75% or more time a professional is on a gadget and using technology to solve multiple problems , hence faster the child learns to use it effectively it makes him independent early. And going digital does not only mean games and other cyber materials. It can be fruitful in many ways. A child can learn various study modules online. There are basic computer courses, science courses which can help the child learn all those subjects which cannot be taught in school. Apart from the basic curriculum taught in schools there are a lot of other knowledge gaining platforms online. There are many schools which are attempting to go bookless. So, in all it a very progressive idea for kids to go digital.
Unless we train our teachers in the modern methods of imparting education, all our efforts in improving the education ecosystem will go waste. Your observations!
A school is the main place where a child spends most of his time and the teacher is the person from whom they garner most of their knowledge. So the first step that schools should take towards their drive of Digital education is to teach the teachers about latest technology so that they can educate the students about it in the right way. Schools can have one day sessions to brief the teachers; they can share learning manuals with them which can improvise their technical knowledge. This can help schools to become a tech savvy school as well.
Don't you think, depending on computers will make the child slave of technology thereby leaving a scope to exploit child's inherent talent?
Almost 91% of the time a student is using technology to socialise, entertain or play games because he understands and wants to speak this language. When a child observes his/her classmate using a mobile, his immediate reaction is to have one for him. This leads to adverse actions in order to achieve it. Apart from owning a mobile, kids need to be groomed as to what are the knowledgeable areas where internet can help you grow towards a bright future. In such scenario parents play a major role when it comes to enlighten kids about cyber safety.They need to follow certain tips which they can incorporate in their kid's everyday life like they can decide as to how much time children should be online and which are the sites they should access.While they won't fully understand the consequences of revealing personal information online, you should still make sure your children understand the basic effects of doing so. In a very polite way the information should be explained to the kids. The other effective and important aspect is to keep the computer in a central spot, where it's easy to monitor. In this way you can monitor all the activities that your child performs and also give them little space. There should be a balance made between bookish knowledge and digital knowledge. All this can help the child learn as well as use this knowledge in a positive way.
Growing up child is often accused of insensitivity and modern-day education is largely career-targeted even as the meaning of education is making a child a creditable member of society. Do you agree? Your observations?
Today's time and industry is all about achievements and competition. You have be the best if you want to win the race. A child will succeed only if he /she will pursue a career of their interest. If in the primary stage itself they are given the liberty to choose what they wish to become and if schools also support them and educate them in their journey, then it's all about giving your best. Pressure will be the in all the stages of life. But modern education will help a child be focused as well as happy in what they do in their future. If the method is correct then the career targeted education system does not become a major concern.
Automation in education will take the child away from our established values and ethics. Do you agree with this statement? Kindly explain.
Automation done in the right way will never take the child away from their values and ethics. We should let the child learn in a safe environment, in such a way that they enjoy it but at the same time they should know the importance for bookish knowledge. They should be taught that books are your first teacher and digital books are your second best. This will help them gain knowledge by being grounded at the same time.
Kindly spell out initiatives you have taken by launching the platforms like Whiz Junior etc.
Whiz juniors remain the pinnacle of achievement by providing a showcase of India's best work .The aim while launching the platform was empowering young kids to be productive on gadgets. We wanted the kids to learn and educate themselves in the digital way.
It is the only social gamified learning platform in the world which is allowing a child to achieve and showcase his skills. Apart from the competition we also have two types of learning that is provided for the masses, one is Student Learning and another the other is Teacher Learning. This was made by keeping in mind the need of the hour for students and teachers to be well aware of the progress in technology.
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