Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. As the Indian experiential industry across India begins to lay the foundation stones to establish educational institutions of repute for the talent of tomorrow, I say to you, Good Afternoon esteemed guests! Education is on the agenda today. The blockbuster idea for the future! Sturdy picture yeh kehti hai ki, aane walon varsho mein, hamara vyavasay sirf teen cheezo ke bal pe age badega. Education, education and education! I am your host Gitikka Ganju Dhar and on behalf of the Global Wedding academy by Wizcraft MIME I welcome you all to the inaugural edition of Wizcraft MIME Explore supported by DICE and Eventfaqs Media. Wizcraft Management Institute for Media and Entertainment is focused on creating the next generation of professionals for the events, entertainment and media industries. The Global Wedding Academy is a consequential step in that direction. On behalf of the Global Wedding Academy, I thank you all for taking the time out and joining us here this afternoon. We are privileged to host the presence of iconic leaders, sought after career mentors from across the Indian experiential industry, leading experts from the field of media centric education and the future of tomorrow, students. At a forum that is focused on exploring education, opportunities, trends and careers in the $350 Billion wedding industry in India. Welcome to Wizcraft MIME Explore. Sushma Prabhu Giakwad, will now take stage to welcome you all on behalf of the Global Wedding Academy. She is Director, Wizcraft MIME & Global Wedding Academy and Co-Founder, ICE Global. ICE Global today is one of the premium experiential communication agencies. With a vision to make a difference to as many people as possible and help them unleash their true potential, a decade ago Sushma founded IGM. Today, as a ‘Breakthrough’ specialist, she works towards enhancing attitude and skills, through the use of experiential and neuro-linguistic techniques.
While American parents fret over the increasing amounts of testing and homework for young children, in much of Scandinavia, kindergartners aren’t expected to do much more than run around outside. The “forest kindergarten” model, gives young children unstructured playtime in a natural setting. Proponents say free play develops natural curiosity and prepares them for learning, better than sitting in a classroom. Americans are beginning to agree. Over the last few years, forest kindergartens have been popping up in the U.S. Inspiration for a new world. In India, a school near the banks of the river Gomti in Lucknow is carrying out an incredible experiment in girls’ education. Prerna Girls School is a high school for underprivileged girls, many of whom come from local slums and work as domestic help. To enable these girls to fit education within their circumstances, the school operates in the afternoons. When they arrive, each child is given a snack every day as a nutritional intervention and to increase attendance. What makes this school’s approach unique is its radical syllabus that, besides the usual subjects, also teaches students to recognize and fight gender bias with tools like critical dialogues, drama, storytelling and music. The school also works to gently alter discriminatory mindsets among parents through such activities. The school also intervenes and brings in counselling support in cases of child marriage. This is inspiration for a new world. In ways such as I mentioned, as in many other ways, education is inspiring the world. We have with us Radha Kapoor Khanna, Founder and CEO, DOIT Creations and Executive Director ISDI. Her company DOIT Creations, founded in 2009, operates the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) in partnership with New York’s Parsons School of Design, Radha’s alma mater. She will now take us through a very interesting talk about - How Education Is Inspiring the World.