In a BBC World TV programme known as `Africa Game Plan' telecast at 9 PM IST on 10 July, Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations said "Institutions are more important than individuals". (The programme included Desmond Tutu, Graca Machel and Lakhdar Brahimi as well. These veterans spoke about what lies ahead in Africa after the World Cup). I wish decision makers in our K-12 school systems, syllabus boards and textbook publishing industry think the same way as Kofi Annan does, with just 5 years to go before the Millenium Development Goals deadline, considering the fact that India was one of the signitories of the UN Convention.
- Guruprasad R Panamalai
- Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
- I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.