Neera Kohli: Imparting life skills to children through the concept of “The New Me”

The Delhi-based retired school teacher, Neera Kolhi comes up with an innovative concept, “The New Me”, a resource to empower personal growth, specifically aimed to be a part of the school curriculum, facilitating an approach and outlook to life, right from the early days.”

Neera Kohli, the innovative educationist

“What we need is life skills, in tandem with education in order to meet the burgeoning demands of everyday life. Besides that we also need to develop cognitive abilities and psycho-social capacities to manage physical and emotional well being to imbibe an attitude and to further build on knowledge,” Kohli says, the Vasant Vihar, the Delhi-based Educationist.

 Neera Kohli: Imparting life skills to children through the concept of “The New Me”

So, the new concept of The New Me concept is all about. The New Me is a program, which is conceptualised with the objective of removing the barriers that stand in the way of the expression of individual personality. What is more, the programme is used to build a host of measures such as self esteem, emotional maturity, general well being, attitude and behavioural changes.”

How it works? “This is also the learning the lessons of life by adopting a structured programme that employs participatory and experiential techniques. The intent, therefore is to focus on real skill development, says Kohli.

Neera Kohli: Educating the parents about the need to impart life skills to children through the concept of “The New Me”

An innovative and forward thinking senior educationist and administrator with well over three decades of experience in pedagogy and demonstrated expertise in developing strategies to drive academic improvement at all levels of educational development, Neera Kohli, as a communicator, has effectively worked with people at all organisational levels in support of the long-term directives. She is also experienced in creating a stimulating and challenging learning environment, conducive to the highest level of achievement.

Neera Kohli: Imparting life skills to children through the concept of “The New Me”

Based on her academic and administrative experience, Neera Kohil has conceptualised The New Me, a personality development programme aimed at school children, which through Modules and workshops, drives growth, development and innovation. As a resource to empower personal growth, The New Me is a programme, specifically aimed to be part of school curriculum, facilitating an approach and outlook to life, right from the formative years.

Neera Kohli: Imparting life skills to children through the concept of “The New Me”

In a free-wheeling chat, Neera Kohli answers a volley of questions, in an exclusive interview with The Indian.News Editor, Jayashankar Menon.

TIN: As an academic, how did you embark on this program called The New Me?

NK: No discussion on Education in the present century can be complete without a reference to the ‘Totality’ of the personality of a child. To create tomorrow’s society, we need to produce healthy citizens, who can adapt themselves to the contemporary world. Each industrial nation has to learn the mechanisms of ‘how to learn’ and enable processes and systems to acquire a better understanding of culture, society and the world. The influence of human personality upon the functional efficiency of a nation has been widely recognised. The personality can also be modified to a certain extent by knowing the principle of “LEARNING TO BE”. As a forward-thinking Senior Educator and Administrator with over 33 years of experience in teaching and developing strategies to drive educational development, once I retired, based on my academic and administrative experience, I conceptualised ‘The New Me’ as a resource to Empower Personal growth, specifically aimed to be a part of school curriculum, facilitating an approach and outlook to life, right from the early years.

TIN: What is the impact of your workshops for both students as well as the teachers?

NK: You have got to make your own personality no matter how tall your grandfather is. Empowerment is the key to success and therefore, the programme aims to empower both students and teachers.

TIN: What is the word of advice you can give to our teachers in terms of thinking out of the box and mould the children in a positive way?

NK: For teachers, they must consistently innovate on learning, class room techniques, behaviour management and imbibe a focus on life skills, no matter what subject they specialise in. I do .. I learn .. being a newer me … giving my best .. for the students in my class. There will not be a next year..

TIN: What is it that you can advice the children to emulate?

NK: The New Me is conceptualised with the objective of removing the barriers that stand in the way of the expression of individual personality. By adopting a structured programme that employs participatory and experiential techniques, the intent is to focus on real skill development. The modules of our programmes are intended to make people to ‘look inwards to grow outwards’. This helps to develop certain potentials that we are sometimes not even aware of. Developing communication skills, management of time, planning.. vision are just a few peep ins .. for a Better Me leading to The New me.

TIN: As you had conducted around 20 workshops, what is your plans of extending your successful approach down south?

NK: We are happy to work pan-India; with each step, with each young mind that we can mind, we hope to spread the power of The New Me. In order to create tomorrow’s society, we need to produce healthy citizens, who can adapt themselves to the contemporary world. The influence of human personality upon the functional efficiency of a nation has been widely recognised. The
personality can also be modified to a certain extent by knowing the principle of “Learning to Be.”