Shahzad Alam

Program Coordinator, New Era Teacher Training Centre
Lucknow, India

About Shahzad

Bio

I was born and brought up in Kathmandu (Nepal) and since 2003 I have been working in different parts of India in what I like to call the field of "Education for Development". I am currently working in a development organization that is learning about developing the capacity of youth to become agents of change in their community.

Languages

English, Hindi, Nepali

Areas of Expertise

Education , Rural Development, development, Religion & Spiritual matters, Youth & Leadership

An idea worth spreading

The very purpose of our life is to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. This purpose must be the very axis round which everything else in our life must revolve. Every thought that we have and every act that we do must be to contribute to make this world a better place- heaven on earth.

I'm passionate about

"Education for Development": this phrase encompasses all that I am passionate about.

Talk to me about

Education, Rural Development, Development, Youth and Leadership and Religion and Spiritual Matters!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
As you mention, developing intrinsic motivation in our students is very important. I think competition can sometimes limit our growth. We can become content with being better than others rather than striving to developing our potential to the fullest. It can also diminish the joy of learning if we constantly compare ourselves with other's potential. Also, motivation that comes from being better than others starts developing certain traits in us that are harmful- jealousy, self-righteousness, pride and we also becoming prone to using wrong methods to becoming better- cheating. How this can be done is also something that I am constantly learning as well. The consciousness of why they are learning is very important in this regard. If one is learning and developing capabilities to contribute to the advancement of civilization than one is motivated to continuously develop and finds joy in other's development as well. We human beings are attracted to beauty and order and this too can be a great motivation. When we read a poetry and learn to appreciate it's beauty we becoming motivated to understand different poetry and it's depth. Scientists are motivated to understand the order in the universe and being able to understand the diversity and order in the universe gives them joy and fuels their motivation to go deeper and find more order. Mathematics is all about representing the order and beauty in universe through beautiful equations. Sociologists are motivated to understand the order in our chaotic society and it's processes. Understanding is a joyful process and helping students find their motivation in these things in very important.
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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
It is very important to vie with oneself and become better today than I was yesterday and to understand more (depth and breadth of learning) today than I did before. We learn together with others- learn from them as well as contribute to their learning. Striving to help others advance is an inseparable aspect of advancing oneself. It is in this sense that I think competition ie becoming better than others, does not contribute to learning.
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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Thank you for not seeing my question as me challenging you and that was certainly not my intention and I apologize if it seemed that way. I think competition and cooperation are important concepts to reflect on as they influence what we are learning and how. I completely agree with you that we do not need competition anymore in any society (not just western) and that cooperation is a powerful tool. In the context of learning, the question we need to ask ourselves is whether we still need to continue to learn to compete with the other species to ensure our survival. If yes, then we should not worry about the animals and plants that are getting extinct because of unbridled human activity. But if no, then we need to do away with it in all forms (don't know about sports). Competition in the past might have been a survival tool but I think the only survival tool for our future is to learn to live in harmony with nature. As far as this discussion is concerned let us not talk about sports as I too enjoy chess. Not because I like winning but because it tests my mind and makes it more sharp. - competition and cooperation to me is not like water and fire but like water and slow poison.
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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Every "what" will have a different "how". Unless we have some understanding of what the purpose of schooling must be we cannot even start thinking of how schooling must be. I completely agree that schooling is a process and that our understanding of how and what must constantly evolve and advance. But right from the beginning we need to simultaneously talk about what and how of schooling. Without destination we cannot set direction and means of getting to destination. But again education is a process with no end but we still need to constantly ask ourselves, "what am I educating myself for"?
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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Is competition, in any form, good? Is becoming better than others a motivating factor for advancing in our learning? What would be more fruitful- competition or cooperation? Do we all live in families where every member is competing for more resources, more care, more love, more attention etc? Can we imagine societies where competition doesn't exist? Can we visualize sustainable development and competition coexisting? Can we at end fight poverty and at other end encourage competition (survival of the fittest)? Can we learn to cooperate in all human endeavours? Should schools help students learn to create environment of cooperation and maintain it?
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Shahzad Alam
Posted over 1 year ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Contributing to society must in fact be part of the education as only then will the students be truly able to evaluate their understanding and develop their capabilities to contribute to the betterment of society. Contributing to society and individual development must happen simultaneously. For this to happen, the structure of schools, as they exist today, must certainly fade away and be replaced by new structures. However, many of the individuals who will bring about such changes are still participating in the current system of education and therefore they too cannot be overlooked at the moment and we must try and do whatever we can to salvage their development. Perhaps as more and more courageous people take the new path we will reach a tipping point that will then slowly make the current system of education obsolete.