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Can schools create the next Ronaldo or Kohli?

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Sports will help create a generation that is fitter and healthier —Picture for representation


FATIMA AGARKAR 

Jobs, these days, are not as technical as they used to be. There are, in fact, more non-traditional career options, which are merging as sustainable career choices.

Twenty first century learning demands the development and nurturing of skills, attitudes and profiles that are beyond the textbook protocols. And therefore, schools committed to this ‘holistic’ education need to attach enough and equal importance to fine arts, performing arts and field activities as well as social awareness. Children have their own unique talent and many of these lie beyond academics. Jobs, these days, are not as technical as they used to be. There are, in fact, more non-traditional career options, which are merging as sustainable career choices. Case in point – the emergence of sporting leagues in India – Kabbadi, Cricket, Football, Badminton etc. A decade ago, parents would have discouraged children from pursuing sports as a career, asking them to focus on academic success simply because there weren’t enough sustainable career options in sports. The world has most definitely changed since then, and thankfully our children have more options today than ever before.

So questions are often asked about the role of a school in creating these champions. Can schools nurture talent? Can we create the next generation Ronaldo, Federer, Bolt or closer to home, Virat Kohli?

For an educator, a passionate sports enthusiast, and a mother of a child who loves sports, it is perhaps, hope combined with strategy to make this happen. To be fair, nurturing talent requires a mindset that is open-minded and acknowledges that it is as important a discipline as Math, Science. Once the ‘sporty’ vision is cemented, it is a matter of laying out processes and systems that offer children opportunities.

Long discussions with many who have represented the country, those you currently train talent in their academies and parents have concluded one thing for sure — it isn’t the effort of one stakeholder alone, but the combined forces that create champions. The school, however, is an important cog in the wheel, which allows families the safety net and the support required. But for me, the school also presents unique opportunities to ignite that passion and exposure to children whose families may not have the resources to do so.

I believe it requires a bit of planning, time-tabling adjustment within those 50 or 54 periods allocated each week, and deploying coaches that work on a well-rounded sports curriculum, and define individual lesson plans for those who are quick to receive this exposure and those who might need a bit of motivation. Participation in events that allow for children to compete with others outside of their own school environment provides valuable learning opportunities. I have always believed that practice matches should be scheduled with teams that are more talented than your own ones to encourage children to up their game. Schools should use their infrastructure to motivate children.

Students who have a natural aptitude for sports will need extended training, and I am sure well-meaning families will ensure that this happens post school hours. But, the seed of this passion for sports will have to be sowed by schools.

And it isn’t about creating champions alone, sports will help create a generation that is fitter, healthier and one that learns while playing!

Childhood should be about this.

The writer is Educationist and Founder of KA EduAssociates

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Kathua rape, murder case: Clashes continue in Kashmir

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Security forces on Saturday burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, including students, at some places in Kashmir valley, protesting against rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua in Jammu.

Scores of youth hit the streets at main town Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, demanding death penalty for culprits in Kathua case.

However, when the youth tried to take out a protest march, security forces deployed in the area stopped them from moving ahead.
As the demonstrators didn’t back down, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between security forces and students, who took to streets at Chadoora in central Kashmir district of Budgam and protested against the Kathua incident.

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Kathua Factories ‘Linked’ to Ex-Minister Lal Singh Raided | Crores of Rupees was Seized.

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“Our teams raided one factory in Kathua and two in Samba districts today,” inspector general of police Jammu zone SD Singh Jamwal told Greater Kashmir.

Three factories in which ousted BJP minister Lal Singh is believed to own a share were raided by the police on Friday and acacia catechu (kattha) worth crores of rupees was seized.

“Our teams raided one factory in Kathua and two in Samba districts today,” inspector general of police Jammu zone SD Singh Jamwal told Greater Kashmir.

Sources said that the raids came after major reshuffle in the Forest department carried out by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, who took over charge of the department from Choudhary Lal Singh.

The former Forest Minister was compelled to resign by his party high command alongwith Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga following their controversial remarks in Kootah’s Hindu Ekta Manch Rally against Crime Branch probe in the brutal rape and murder case at Rasana.

Sources said that the Forest Vigilance team along with Police jointly conducted raids at J K Integrated Park in Kathua (close aide of Choudhary Lal Singh) and another factory of Katha wood in Kathua.

The raids were carried out on the Katha wood factory, where medicines are extracted. The State government has banned the export of wood out of the State, while a mafia runs the trade illegally.

Sources said that the former minister “was using his influence and most of the contractors were his close aides and the factories, which were given licenses, were run by close relatives of former Forest Minister”.
During the raids, sources told Rising Kashmir, records were checked, and seized by the Forest Department officials, and it was also learnt that large quantity of raw material was seized from the spot.
“Illegal registration has been given to some factories which processed the Khair wood more than the approved capacity,” said the sources citing the complaint.

Initially there were only three units of Khair wood— JK Katha, Guru Nanak, and BK Katha (Govt contractor) at Gangyal— but now the number was much higher. The case against Lal Singh was based on the fact that he instead of renewing the licenses had given the permissions to his kith and kin to start the work of extraction.

The involvement of former Minister started after 1994, sources said, as another unit was established with the name MS Industry and it was opposed by all three previous units who lodged a complaint with the Vigilance and later the matter went to the court.
Sources said that the court gave a ruling and directed the Government to form new policy and issue fresh licenses on the bases of raw material availability without hurting ecology or environment.

Sources told Rising Kashmir that the court directions were violated and the licenses to four units were not renewed by the Forest Department by Lal Singh. The licenses were also issued in violation of rules.

Meanwhile sources said that the BJP high command is unhappy with the former Forest Minister who is openly conducting rallies in support of a CBI inquiry in the Kathua case.
Sources told Rising Kashmir that the rallies by a senior BJP leader has put the alliance partner in a tight spot as these actions by Singh are being viewed as an “open revolt” after he was forced to resign over his participation in a pro-rape rally in Hiranagar last month.

“His campaign was seen as revolt in BJP by many and, he took out a march from Jammu City to Kathua and in Udhampur where some of his supporters shouted slogans against the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh,” sources said.
Lal Singh, sources said, is considered to be the close aide of Jatinder Singh, who is Minister of State in PMO. On Thursday, brother of Lal Singh held a press conference in Kathua and demanded that Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh should step down.

Rajinder Singh Babbi demanded that Jitendar Singh should be made Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said that the BJP high command was unhappy with the activities of Lal Singh after he lost portfolio in the Government and started taking out protest rallies demanding CBI probe in Rasana case. His stand has put the government in trouble as people in Kathua and Samba, and Bar Associations are openly demanding CBI probe.
Sources said that Lal Singh “will not be taken back in the cabinet of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti due to his rallies against the Government.”

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Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi along with her associates from Anantnag district late last night.

An official said that Andrabi and her associates were arrested from Anchidora area of the district for their alleged role in female student protests and subsequent stone-pelting on the forces.

Many other youth were also rounded up by the police during nocturnal raids in Anantnag town.

Asiya was detained at 10.00 pm yesterday after which raids followed, said the official, wishing anonymity.

Those arrested include Tehreek-e-Hurriyat tehsil Saddar Anantnag Aashiq Hussain.

Massive student protests against Kathua incident erupted earlier this week in south Kashmir, especially Anantnag town, where protesters clashed with the forces, leaving dozens of them injured.

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