Education of the gifted and talented students for leadership development is the goal of Jnana Prabodhini Prashala. Leadership development depends on intelligence as well as personality traits such as originality, vitality and vision. It is assumed that these traits can be developed in students of superior intelligence and creativity. For the enhancement of these skills various opportunities are provided.
Some tasks are assigned to students individually, in pairs, and in groups. These tasks are so chosen as to have an element of surprise, demanding quick and daring decisions, and creative solutions to problems arising unexpectedly. Cleaning public places without disclosing identity, spending some hours in a public place in disguise, are some of the individual tasks. Going to villages, cleaning temples and organizing an impromptu meeting of the villagers, visiting small scale industries, agitating against antisocial behaviors, composing, singing and learning new songs are some of the group tasks. When the group task is under the direction of an appointed leader, it is a test of that particular student’s leadership qualities. If no leader is appointed it is a study of group dynamics and how an emergent leader emerges from the members.
Camps are specially arranged to train the children for developing various leadership qualities like creative thinking, decision making , communication skill, oratary, writing skill, planning etc. Such skill-development programme has been inculcated in school curriculum as well.
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It was felt that if these students would go to other towns of Maharashtra State, they could give valuable opportunity to boys from other towns to participate in organized games. So sports camps were arranged in summer or winter vacations. Students from IX and X std. made all the arrangements on their own and conducted the camps of 6 to 10 days duration.
This is a good exercise in leadership training. Managing sports centers and organizing camps could be handled by the students because they got experience in planning and execution of school functions. Daily assembly, weekly prayer meetings, lectures, festivals, visits by dignitaries, concerts, sports demonstrations, annual social gathering and such events give numerous opportunities in organizing school functions. Making check-lists, group-meetings for taking stock of preparations, report-writing and review-meeting are some of the techniques which are purposefully placed before the students. Work is given to the students grade-wise, house-wise or individually. The house-system is used judiciously, as in any other school, but teaching techniques of planning and execution is an additional input. All this gives the youth leaders excellent training in HR development.