Dubai: The newskarnataka.com’s Namaste Teacher was telecast on Saturday September 11 at 8.00 pm.
The series that showcases teachers and the influence they have had on students through teacher-student interaction broadcasted live on youtube on youtube.com/newskarnatakaa.
The event was hosted by Spearhead Media Group Mentor and Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida, and the co-host Rajesh Sequeira.
The special guests of the programme were Jenifer Baretto, the teacher and her students Vylan Dalmaida Creative Strategist, Mohammad Shahad, who is pursuing CA, S. G. Afreez BA LLB student, Megha, an Engineering student, and Imran V., a Business Development Manager.
In the beginning host CA ValerianDalmaida introduced teacher Jenifer and co-host Rajesh introduced all the students.
Jenifer sharing her experience as a teacher said on Jan 1, 2000 I started my career in St. Aloysius Higher Primary School, Kodialbail, Mangaluru. Later in 2002, I joined Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School, Sujeer. I have taught many students, especially those who belonged to backward communities. I have learnt a lot from my students, said Jenifer.
Speaking further she said, In 2013 I got transferred to Government Higher Primary School, Sajipaanadu and at present, I am serving at the school.
“Every child is born with a unique talent. It is the duty of the teacher to identify that hidden talent and encourage them,” she said.
Teaching is not just my professional life, but my whole life, said teacher Jenifer.
The child is like a seed. As a teacher, it’s our responsibility to nurture those kids by providing timely guidance. Not just me all those who are working as teachers are performing their duties selflessly, she added.
Sharing his experience with Jenifer teacher one of the students Imraan said, “Madam used to teach us practically. she is the one who taught us grammar. Her only wish was to see her students successful in their lives. Her guidance helped us to score well in public exams.”
Meanwhile, Megha said, whenever I had any doubt Jenifer teacher was the one who used to clarify it. Once there was a strike held by the cooks so Jenifer mam that day cooked a mid-day meal for us. It was an unforgettable moment in my student life, she added.
Shahad shared that, “we studied in Kannada medium. But our English is so good and it is all because of Jenifer mam. She taught us English communication skills. She never taught us to score more marks. She used to teach us life lessons.”
Vylan Dalmaida Sharing his experience said, I have a fond memory of her. She was exceptional and taught us that we should never settle for average. She was always encouraging. Her teaching style was always something I admired. She would treat us as adults, which encouraged us to think for ourselves and take responsibility, question, and so on. It’s because of her that all those values are coming through.
She was very artistic. I recall showing her my assignments and her giving suggestions on how to improve them. Today, I make a living because of her, and I thank Jenifer teacher for that, he added.
Afreez said, Jenifer mam was a multi-talented teacher. She helped many poor students financially.
Sharing her memories with her students Jenifer expressed, Vylan used to be an artist when he was a student too. He was a very obedient child. Shahad was a good student. He used to take leadership in extracurricular activities. Megha used to be an obedient student. Megha never skipped her homework. Imraan respects everyone. Afreez has donated his scholarship to distribute the food kits to the needy.”
“I’m proud of my students and I feel really grateful for having such students,” she said.
When asked about how a teacher changes the generation through their dedicated service, Megha said teacher contributes to the development of the nation by transforming the students into good citizens. The teacher is behind every successful professional.
Similarly, Shahad opined that in the competitive world we need to focus on getting a quality education. Like Jenifer teacher, all the other teachers must focus on teaching values than scoring more.
Vylan Dalmaida opined that every generation is exposed to several types of different conditions. You may believe that everything is available on the internet and that all you need is a phone to access it. However, information alone is insufficient. Even when there are machines, we work with data and need to interpret its significance. Humans are still required to interpret the data.
There are three types of knowledge: knowledge, information, and wisdom. The knowledge that the teacher imparts translates to wisdom. The human brain strives to make sense of the information. Even when your teachers are silent, you can gain a great deal of knowledge.
A teacher’s responsibility to change a generation is a huge responsibility, and we must assist them.
When asked about the major differences found in the education system after the introduction of online classes Imraan shared, when we were students teachers used to be student-friendly. There was a close relationship between students and teachers. Nowadays it’s virtual. Today’s education focuses on scoring but there is a lack of emotional attachment.
While signing off, all the students lauded the efforts of NewsKarnataka and said that more often such programmes need to be organised to showcase the amazing bond between teachers and students.