Kolkata school first in Asia to have French as 2nd language

KOLKATA: Professor Surendra Munshi, one of the best known sociologists of the country, inaugurated the Learning Pageant at The Future Foundation School in the presence of newly appointed Consul General of France in Kolkata Damien Syed on Friday.

The school, which is based on the educational philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, showcases through this pageant the unique teaching methods that are aimed at all-round, holistic development of students.

Prof Munshi referred to this holistic approach to education, telling the children: “You are lucky to study in a school that combines spirituality and academics along with physical development. Make the most of it.”

Damien Syed drew loud cheers by starting his speech in Bengali. “Suprabhat. Ami ekhane eshe khub khusi hoyechi,” he said. He pointed out that Bengal and France share deep-rooted historical and cultural links. The Future Foundation School, he said, is the first in Asia to have French as a second language. The school is also the first in Kolkata to get NABET certification.

The school has over several years cultivated an integral and holistic education system by consciously moving away from a teacher-controlled to a teacher-facilitated learning system that makes education fun.

Principal Ranjan Mitter mentioned how in the early days parents would be perplexed when they asked their children ‘what did you do in school’ and got the stock reply: “we went to the garden”. “So, parents wondered how they were studying. So we started this pageant, which is essentially put up by students. Parents can come in and see what is taught and how it is taught right from Class I to Class VIII. I don’t think any other school does this,” he said.

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