The leaders of tomorrow are built in here and now. Presently, girls have a right to education, as asserted by the Constitution of India. It is the bare minimum expectation of the law that girls should get education. Here at Sitalakshmi Girls School in Madurai, we go above and beyond to ensure they get the very best. Arming them with all the ingredients to take on present-day challenges, we are empowering future leaders to ensure our country is in safe hands with posterity. Here’s a look at how we go about nurturing young minds so they can achieve the greatness they are destined for.
Celebrating diversity in talent and interests
The leaders of tomorrow need to have the skills of tomorrow. Chief among them is STEM or science, technology, engineering, and math. While such fields have been traditionally dominated by male students, today we have made great strides as a country. Still, a lot needs to be done with women only accounting for 14% of the STEM workforce in India, going by a report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At Sitalakshmi School, we empower girls to pursue STEM-related niches should their passion manifest as such. We advocate for our students to pursue their talents and interests and we’ve laid down the infrastructure to support that, including advanced:
- Biology laboratories
- Chemistry laboratories
- Computer science laboratories, and much more
Our school aims to give young girls a taste of technology and science right at an early age, with lots of hands-on lessons to pique their interests. We also expand learning opportunities by bringing in STEM leaders to speak to our students and demonstrate that they can be anything they put their minds to.
Working closely with parents to unlock potential
Charity begins at home. We understand that family dynamics also play a huge role in molding the traits of students. Because of that, Sitalakshmi School always tries to create very close teacher-parent relationships for the benefit of the student.
It takes a concerted effort from both families and schools to mold the all-around individual, and we aim to work together to ensure progress toward a common goal. We try to encourage parental involvement by:
- Ensuring frequent communication with parents
- Hosting school events for parents and students
- Scheduling parent meetings where we can discuss the individual needs of every student
When parents are as involved as teachers in their girl’s education in Madurai, we can create a supportive environment that nurtures and celebrates leadership talents in young girls.
Developing leadership skills through sports
Sitalakshmi School places great emphasis on sports and other extracurricular activities such as music, drama, and so on. We’re not just focused exclusively on the curriculum. That’s because today’s world is rife with opportunities that lie far beyond the classroom. Highly successful female athletes such as P.V Sindhu – who has a net worth of 44 crore- are a great example.
Far beyond the financial opportunities therein, sports can also be a great conduit for girls’ empowerment. Team sports, for instance, allow girls to learn how to work in a team, and even take up the mantle of authority such as a team captain. They get a taste of what it takes to lead a small group of people and accommodate everyone’s opinions.
A plethora of other leadership skills also develops through sports, some of which include:
- Decision making
- Dealing with adversity or failure
- Hard work through practice
- Strategic development
- Time management, etc.
There’s more to sports than meets the eye. Here at Sitalakshmi School, we implore strategic sports that help nurture or impart the innate traits that make a great leader.
Positive role models at every turn
Due to the unique challenges facing the girl child in India such as negative stereotypes, institutional biases, and gender discrimination, the need for positive female role models has become especially dire.
Young minds often learn through imitation and observation. It’s difficult for students to visualize the route to their dreams if there’s no one to light the way. Positive role models do just that, while also appealing to the principle that seeing is believing. When girls see that one of their own has done it, then they know that they can do it too.
At an all-girls school such as ours, students can draw inspiration from many positive role models within our community, including:
- Our very own teachers who strive to lead by example
- Alumnae who are achieving great feats across various industries
- Our highly successful administrators and so on.
Our vast networks are full of motivational figures who spur students to be the best version of themselves, both from an academic and social standpoint.
Helping girls find their voice
A good leader needs to have excellent communication skills because, at the end of the day, these skills will help to empower and inspire those that look up to them. Additionally, good communication ensures a leader’s message is well understood, or even heard in the first place.
Unfortunately, the Indian curriculum doesn’t pay much attention to honing such social skills that leaders need to have. Sitalakshmi School goes the extra mile to provide opportunities to turn our students into great communicators, and therefore great leaders.
Through school plays and other events, we enable our girls to work at their communication skills in a way that helps them to learn how to:
- Express ideas eloquently
- Think with better clarity
- Illustrate through stories
- Reinforce their speech with body language
- Understand their audience and so on
Girl’s schools are built to produce leaders!
Did you know that children who go to an all-girls school tend to have higher chances of success at leadership than their co-educated counterparts? Research has revealed that 6 in 10 girls who go to exclusive girls’ schools tend to be more assertive, independent, and confident. Building the leaders of tomorrow starts with one simple decision, such as deciding which school your child goes to. Position your daughter for success with Sitalakshmi Girls School in Madurai, where we prioritize the holistic development of our students. Contact Sitalakshmi Girls School for details about our admission process