Schools form a very important aspect of the Education Ecosystem. They are the building blocks in securing the future of the youth and advancing the goals of a nation. School leaders, who stand at the helm of their institutions, are the guiding forces of the vision and mission of their schools. They not only play an instrumental role in building the institutional capacity of their respective schools, but also, as ambassadors of their institutions, are responsible for the way their schools are represented in a larger forum. They are the cornerstone on which learning communities function and grow. With successful leadership, schools become effective incubators of learning where students are not only educated but challenged, nurtured, and empowered into becoming the future leaders of the world.
We are currently in the midst of one of the most unprecedented crises of our time. Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are facing challenges to cope with the unforeseen circumstances arising out of it. The pandemic has tested and overwhelmed most schools’ leadership given the multiple unknowns in the times, and constantly evolving challenges presented by the dynamic pandemic landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed increased the vulnerability in our educational systems and exposed the lack of administrative preparation regarding crisis leadership.
As the pandemic continues to stretch the outer limits of our individual and institutional resilience, there is an urgent need for preparing school leaders to adapt to this environment, and also be more prepared for unanticipated situations, and for changing demands from educational institutions not only during this unfortunate crisis, but also in a world where the future is marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Therefore, to create such a robust platform and to contribute to the education ecosystem of the nation, QS IGAUGE in association with O.P. Jindal Global Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University (JGU) and University of Southampton has designed a Fellowship programme for school leaders across the country.
The Fellowship will select 50 school principals through a selection process and provide them with the required knowledge and tools as part of the fellowship that will empower them in mitigating major challenges that their schools face during and post the pandemic, or during any other emergency crisis in the future. The programme will also place spotlight on a broad range of subjects including effective academic models during virtual classes, best practices in online student engagement, implementation of the National Education Policy for schools, leadership and governance, financial management, administrative resilience and health and wellbeing.