Education is the process by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, and intellect is sharpened, as a result of which one can stand on one’s own feet.
Swami Vivekananda defined the very purpose of education decades back. An education system is a failure, if it fails to impart Character, Confidence and Competence. Our education systems impart lot of information. Most of the cases, this information never become knowledge, because of lack of confidence and competency to apply that information properly. Our schools teach languages, science, mathematics and computer. But our schools fail to make the students competent and confident enough to apply this information in their life situations effectively. It happens because of the absence of one core component- Management Skills.
Like languages and basic mathematics, human beings will use the Management Skills throughout the lifetime. But unfortunately, nowhere in the world, Management education is taught from the primary school level. Management skills help to get great character, confidence and competency. That is the reason why organizations are spending a good amount of money in conducting management skill training for their employees and governments are spending money for employability skill development programmes. If we can give Management Skills to our children through schools from primary school levels, then organizations and government can save a good amount of money they spend to improve ‘employability’ and developing ‘entrepreneurship’.
EVERYONE NEEDS MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
Management is a skill which every one required not only for handling business functions successfully but for succeeding in life. Generally, our society believes that management education is required only for a group of people who would like to be HR manager, Finance Manager etc or for being an entrepreneur. But we have the viewpoint that every human being needs to be trained in management skills for helping them in all the activities they undertake. For example a doctor, as per our today’s wisdom he needs only MBBS for become a doctor and succeeds in his profession. But he is also managing so many things like a manager. He needs to manage his patients, his subordinates etc. He will become a department head, hospital head etc. Beyond just treating his patients, he needs to market his services, solve the issues and crises, manage conflicts and resources, and find out new ways to treat a disease and more. If he fails as a manager, he will remain as a mediocre doctor. This is applicable to all jobs like scientists, engineers, lawyers, politicians, journalists, conductors etc. A conductor or driver will become transport officer or depot manager etc later in their career. If they fail as a manager, their career will be disastrous for them, their organizations and for their customers.
MANAGEMENT EDUCATION SHOULD START FROM SCHOOLS
Now, in our general education system management education starts from graduation or post graduation level. Across the world, some syllabuses are starting business related studies in secondary level and Indian syllabuses like CBSE included a small portion of management skills in SEWA in informal way. Some of us get special training on management skills from the organizations they work. These two or three years of formal management education and two or three days of off the job management training are not sufficient for acquiring management skills. This system is creating mediocre management graduates whom are far below the standards corporate world is looking for.
There is an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new trick.” New findings about the ability of the brain to form new connections and grow new brain cells even in old age now indicates that healthy older people can usually learn new things well. But the age makes learning process slower, possibly because an older person already has so many full “file drawers” of memories. Moreover Elissa L. Newport, chair of the Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., says studies have strongly shown decline in learning power for humans. In a study by Gist, Rosen, and Schwoerer (1988), it was found that older trainees exhibited significantly lower performance than did younger trainees in terms of acquisition of skills.
Whether the above theories are right or wrong, it is sure that what we learn during our childhood will long for long. What we learn lately need more attention to make it concrete in our life. So, we say the right time to start management learning is standard one. Like language skills, management skills are vital for everyone. Management skills like planning, time management etc are helpful for students perform well in academics. Skills like people management will help them well in dealing with different kind of people they meet in their life.
Management Education is necessary for Entrepreneurship Development. If we can impart management lessons with the thrilling stories of business successes and leadership from the first standard to our kids, it will surely nurture enterprising skills in them. Moreover some of the kids will consider ‘business’ as a career option like medicine or engineering.
Management education from first standard is the need of the time. BBA or MBA should be remained as specialized Business Management courses for higher levels. Management has to become a regular academic subject from standard one to ten.
- Develop Management as an independent discipline from primary school level
- Ensure the availability of quality management education to every child for a most affordable cost
- Develop ‘employability’ and ‘enterprising skills’ in every child during their growing stage itself
Synergians are advocating the concept of Universal Management Education with various governments to induct management education in the formal school curriculum. Since, policy decisions of government may take years we are initiating the following alternative ways to help future Indians to get management education at an affordable cost.
Special management classes will be conducted in various schools from standard one to standard ten based on the predesigned curriculum. Every week 3 to 4 hours is required for instruction. Normally, this can be in a single day. In Kerala, we piloted the Kid’s MBA in BBM High School, Vysyambhagam, Alappuzha from August 15, 2014. The classes are scheduled in Saturdays. We have trained a group of MBA students to be the trainers of this programme. Now, they are teaching the students from standard five to standard ten.
If we are implement it in social project models, we can source MBA students as volunteer teachers and they can be assigned after rigorous train-the-trainer programmes.
IT enabled model
E-Kids MBA is IT enabled management learning module, which can be promoted either as socially benefitted (free) or business module. The standard wise learning modules will be making available in online/tabs/mobile application in all Indian languages. The aspirant students can download the application, learn and write exam online and they will be get certified. It can be charged or can be given free based on the mutually agreed terms and conditions.
The project has two important stages. (1) Instruction Design stage and (2) Roll-out stage. The major investment is required for the Instruction Design stage. After the initial roll-out the project has the scope to become a sustainable social project and profitable business