Dubai: The 12th episode of NewsKarnataka.com’s Namaste Teacher was held on Saturday November 20 at 6.30 pm IST.
The series that showcases teachers and the impact they have had on students through teacher-student interaction was broadcast live on YouTube at youtube.com/newskarnataka. The event host was Spearhead Media Group Mentor and Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida.
The guest teacher of the show was B. Jayarama Rao, Retired Teacher, St. Ignatius Higher Primary School, Kadalakere, Moodubidire. His students Rajesh Kadalakere, Social Worker, Spokesperson, Block Congress, Moodubidri, Swathi B. Rao, MSc (Medical Chemistry), Homemaker, Yogitha Navaananda, Assistant Teacher, Government Higher Primary School, Moodubidri, Mohammed Saleem, Risk Analyst, Uber and Usha Nayak, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, Canara College, Mangaluru were the special guests.
In the beginning host CA Valerian Dalmaida introduced the teacher B. Jayarama Rao and the students.
B. Jayarama Rao sharing his 40 years of wonderful experience as a teacher said that “Witnessing the success of our students post several years of schooling is the best part of being a teacher. He also expressed his disregard on the gradual closure of aided schools and colleges in the State and recalled his involvement in co and extra-curricular activities among students. He expressed that the respect being received by the students and villagers is worth more than the Best Teacher Award which he received by the State Government.
Host Valerian reminscing his childhood, connected his then lifestlye of walking barefoot to schools with that of Jayarama Rao. Valerian on behalf of NewsKarnataka also raised concern on closure of schools and colleges due to lack of students and infrastructure and appreciated the initiation of various Trusts in aiding the schools.
Student Rajesh Kadalakere said that it is more rightful to call Jayarama Rao as a guide rather than a teacher. He said that if the classes taken by Jayarama sir is one form of a lesson, his way of life is the other best lesson we have learnt through observation. And the lesson of patience too is something that I have imbibed from sir.
Usha Nayak said that Jayarama sir would encourage all students equally. He made sure that the students would remember the past classes well and not forget as they move on to next class. White shirt, and a well-set hair are the first thoughts that flash in our minds when we think of Bhat sir, she added.
Swathi B. Rao agreeing with Usha said, “We never dared to bargain a single marks more with Bhat sir as we did with other teachers. A long stick and a whistle were two things which Bhat sir would always possess with him.”
Mohammed Saleem said that if today, I am speaking so boldly on this public platform then its all because of Bhat sir. “Way back in school he encouraged us to take part in dramatics. It may be Pratibha Karanji, or games like kho kho, Bhat sir always boosted our confidence and motivated us.”
Recalling the punishment tasted by him along with his friends for being late for prayer he said, “Discipline and punctuality are the most significant things for Bhat sir. And today, I do carry forward it in my life.”
Yogitha Navaananda said, “the 44-year-old I still perform dance in various occasions, the beginning of which was from the opportunities and platforms opened for us by Jayarama sir. Sir would always conduct classes outdoor making the students sit under a mango tree, and today I being a teacher follow the same with my students.”
“The morals, ethics and humanitarian principles in my life are because of the influence sir had in us. And today i am being able to deliver the same principles to my students,” she added.
Valerian showing approval on the views of students recalled the phrase, “If a girl is educated, a family is educated” and exclaimed, “teachers are the best bridge in transformation of generations.”
Both students and teacher recalled their school life and became excited. Students reminded their teacher the mischievous things they did during their school days.
While signing off, all the students wished their teacher again and extended best wishes to NewsKarnataka for hosting programmes like Namaste Teacher.