St Aloysius Institute of Education, a leading college of teacher education in the city conducted a farewell programme to forty-nine prospective teachers of its fifteenth batch here. The programme began with the invocation of God’s blessing through a hymn followed by a prayer service conducted by the juniors.
Speaking on the occasion, Rev. Fr Dr Praveen Martis SJ, Director, said, “Education is considered as one of the key processes in society, as it influences on the personal lives of students and the same leads to social coherence at the national level. Teachers are seen as key actors in the process of education because teacher-education programme helps them to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills in classrooms that influence the students to engage in productive change. Teachers are the agents who promote the educational status of students. In today’s school context, teachers’ professional role has changed from the traditional method to the designer and implementer of the curriculum through technology. Therefore, it is a critical time for teachers to meet the changing needs of students”. Adding further he said, St Aloysius B. Ed College has sensitised the trainee-teachers on four Jesuit education qualities, namely, competence, commitment, compassion and conscience which will help them to grow as professionals as they continue with their careers.
Dr Farita Viegas, Principal, in her message said, “Students learn from their teachers rather than their syllabus. It is the teachers who help students grow as responsible people. a School is a place of socialization and academic learning”. She exhorted the students to see the light within themselves so as to identify the light in their students and be transformative leaders.
Sr Smithapriya D’Souza UFS shared her experiences of the two-year B. Ed programme on behalf of her batch. The farewell function also consisted of group songs, dances, and the outgoing students expressed their appreciation to their alma mater by handing over a gift of love.