Principal Kavita Sanghvi has over 20 years of experience in the field of education and is currently heading Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School in Mumbai.
An educationist with experience in leading schools, Kavita Sanghvi was included in the prestigious list of Top 50 Global teachers 2016 -17 by the Varkey Foundation. Principal Sanghvi is a Teach SDGs Ambassador, Scientix Ambassador, Teacher Trainer, curriculum developer, a lifelong learner desiring to make a positive, constructive impact in the field of education.
Here are the excerpts from an interview Wonderpublish recently conducted with Principal Kavita Sanghvi:
Q. 1: You have been in the education sector for more than 20 years now. How does it feel to have come this far? Tell us about your journey.
Ans. I started my journey in 2001 as a school teacher. And in 2002, I got promoted as a coordinator for maths and science. And in the meantime, I also became a mother. So when my son also started studying at the same school, I moved out. Because we cannot be at the same school.
And then I joined, MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, and moved on to be a principal. In 2018 my son finished his 10th std and the earlier principal was retiring so I made a comeback to Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School.
Q. 2: Speaking of change, how has this whole experience of the pandemic been?
Ans. I think the change has been good. Because education really needed an overhaul. The pandemic forced everyone to relook at themselves and their strategy which ultimately has been quite transformative.
Q. 3: Did your role as a Principal expand/change during the pandemic? What are the new things that you learned?
Ans. Like everyone else, as the pandemic rolled in, we were thrown into this abyss of uncertainty and ambiguity. I started studying online platforms like MS Teams. I started giving orientation to my teachers and training across that. I also started studying about ‘how to take assessments’, ‘how to connect students with teachers.’ I must have watched about 100-200 webinars all this time. I listened to everybody across the education sector and took notes. I also take a lot of online MOOC courses and used the learning in my teaching at the school.
Also, I started research work with my students on eBooks and ePosters. And now, I’m happy that my teachers as well as students have picked it up.
Q. 4: Can you tell us about ePosters?
Ans: Let me give you an example. Suppose you are going to Mars. There are tourism opportunities out there. So what would the place be like? How would the clothes look like? What would the food be like? So to answer these questions, my students started creating a community of people on Mars and see how all the things work there.
Now, all these things are being documented on eBooks. So the student would go to the online platform and write down his or her essay on say ‘Life on Mars: Clothes’ or ‘Life on Mars: Food’ with particular photographs and everything. And then they present it on the platform. So ePosters are, in a way, the same thing as eBooks.
Q. 5: Can you tell us what new programs, both at the school and social levels, did your school undertake during the pandemic?
Ans. Last year we started with a climate action project across the whole school, from senior KG to 10th std. Earlier we were doing a lot of projects on the environment but none online. So the entire curriculum of the climate action project we started. We have worldwide collaboration on this front.
Our students have also started getting into coding competitions across India. This year we have started a new STEM programme where I coined a new term: History with STEM. So now that’s how we teach children history by connecting the subject to science. We are also connected with ISRO where virtual tours of ISRO facilities are being organised for our kids.