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Children’s behaviour in school is a vital indicator of their emotional & mental well being

Mumbai, June 19, 2017: Teno App, India’s leading free-to-use mobile app for schools, organised a panel discussion where reputed educationists from the city deliberated on the role of educators in promoting emotional well-being amongst school students. This event witnessed participation from over 100 schools, which is one of the largest congregations of School Principals for any city event. Speaking about this initiative, Mr. Anurag Dixit, Vice President, Teno App, said, “A child spends most of the active time of the day in school. Hence it is imperative that schools have the right environment and infrastructure to accentuate the overall growth and well-being of the child. With the same intention in mind, we collaborated with the educational Heads of schools to come together and raise awareness on the role of schools to secure the child’s wellbeing. We are delighted with the immense support and participation from all corners of the city and hope we leverage this association to tackle similar issues that have infested our young generation.” The event started with a workshop for the Principals conducted by Dr. Kunal Kala,renowned Child Psychologist, on how teachers or principals can read early signs of stress in students and understand peculiar habits or responses from children, to gauge their stress levels. Dr. Kala addressed the key concerns among teachers, like lack of personal time for students due to tedious schedules, parent expectations and social pressure on kids. He encouraged principals to ensure holistic training modules for teachers and to implement alternate techniques for engaging with students like mindfulness and monitoring the behavioural pattern of the child. This was followed by an elaborate panel discussion, led by stalwarts from the educational sector like Kishore Pillai - Senior Consultant to International Schools, Trustee (RIMS group of schools), Husien Dohadwalla - Academic Director & Guidance Counsellor at DY Patil International School Network, Asha Narayanan - Principal, Lodha World School, Thane, Archana Neginhal - Director, Academics at Jyotirmay International School, Dr. Kunal Kala, Child Psychologist, and Anurag Dixit - Vice President, Teno App The educators at the event actively participated in the discussion on ‘role of schools in securing emotional wellbeing among students’, as it is an issue which has been a cause of worry in the recent time. Various factors that can disturb the well-being of children, like pressure of academics, lack of attention from parents, loneliness, bullying by peers, distressed families, lack of facilities in schools, lacklustre approach from teachers and inferiority complex, were discussed in the session. They spoke about various methods that can be implemented in schools to monitor the emotional and mental wellbeing of students, which includes globally certified assessment tools, research led activities and harbouring a nurturing environment in schools albeit the stiff competition and demand for academic excellence. There are enumerable reasons why the perilous syndrome of ‘stress’ is prevalent in the student community, and there is a pertinent need for schools and parents to collaborate and ensure the wellbeing of the child. While technology can bridge the gap of communication between school and parents, the onus is still on the parents and teachers to ensure timely and consistent conversation. The panel discussion also addressed some common myths in the ecosystem about affluent schools being better than regular schools for student wellbeing, over dependence of parents on the school to tackle the child’s emotional issues, academic excellence being an indicator of mental wellbeing and grades being the reflection of the kids true potential. Renowned schools that participated in the event were Bombay Scottish School Mahim, Auxilium Convent High School Wadala, Campion School Fort, Lodha World School Thane, Pawar Public School Bhandup, Pinnacle High International School Malad, I.E.S. Modern English School Dadar and many more. This medium was the first initiative as part of their unique series ‘Deliberations’, which will be an open forum to lead industry conversations on various issues that impact school children. About Teno: Teno is India’s leading free-to-use mobile app for schools. The app helps in strengthening the relationship between parents and teachers and establishes a collaborative ecosystem between the school and parents while making day to day school management easier with its online fee payment and attendance modules. Teno has spread across 3000+ schools in India. With Teno,schools are able to equip teachers and the administration staff with the ability to send out real time communication to parent groups. Parents receive all school updates directly on their phone which eliminates the need to wait until they reach home to check their child’s school diary. Parents can pay their fees, check their child’s attendance record among many other possibilities.