Friday , 24 May 2019

‘Education prevents child from being creative’- Narayan Desai

Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised a lecture in memory of late Vijayabai Sarmalkar on the topic ‘Creativity in life’ on March 7 which is also the birth anniversary of Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. The lecture was delivered by educationist and writer, Narayan Desai.

Narayan Desai started his career as a bank employee, but soon switched over to his passion, education, though he believes that education is not the only thing required for the overall development of a child.

While addressing the gathering Desai said: “Creativity refers to creation of something new. The topic for today’s lecture is ‘Creativity in life’. We tell our children or students about creativity and we want our child to be creative. However, creativity begins when a person is born, but how we utilise it further in our life is more important. Whether we recognise it or not, or use it, depends on our journey of life. If we are born creative, how should we maintain our creativity, is the question that strikes our mind. This is because the routine things we consider as creative maybe a myth. For example, today, education is a system that prevents children from using their creativity in the best possible way. When a person is born creative, he or she needs to develop his unique qualities and his creativity. But when admitted to school, the child has to face different challenges of life,” said Desai.

He further said: “Ravindra Kelekar Dnyanmandir (secondary section of Vidya Bhuvan Konkani Shala, Margao, for example, reduces this challenge a little bit for the students. This is because they teach students in their mother tongue, Konkani. They are taught in the language they speak on daily basis. They get an opportunity to think and express in their mother tongue and therefore, this can ultimately help them be creative in their own ways.”

He stated that our education system doesn’t hone the creative talent of children. “Every child is different. Every child is special. That is the reason why each child needs to be looked upon differently, but education does not allow it. This is probably because we adults feel that a particular thing should happen in a particular way, like a child should score good marks. We want every person to be same because we are business minded, where we want a particular person to do particular task. This is how our education system also acts like a business institution today,” said Desai.

He considers technology another obstruction to creativity. “Technology has of course helped children to get creative, but it has also confused them and also limited their creativity. I have come across parents who take their children to cyber cafes for their assignments. They get the information quickly and easily which then children copy and submit. This limits the creativity. In essence, this is marketing because this is the way we teach children to be customers and go to the cyber cafe that will provide solutions to all your difficulties. Are we educating the market or marketing the education? This is the question that parents need to understand as being significant to creativity,” he said.

Desai also spoke on the topic of self-realisation, that children should understand themselves. They should recognise how they look upon their surroundings and how they see nature. He said: “Your creativity includes those thoughts that you have about yourself when you think about who you are. In terms of creativity, how you look upon the world or nature is important.”

Finally, Desai said that to be creative people should change their perceptions. “Until we see creativity from a different point of view and from the eyes of children, our life will be mechanical. Our understanding of word ‘creativity’ will remain a myth,” he concluded.