Muscat: With a view to igniting the spark of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship innate in children and transform them into competent, enterprising and confident visionaries, the Board of Directors of Indian Schools has initiated Entrepreneurship Club activities in Schools.
This is yet another significant initiative of the Board aligned with its vision to provide transformative learning to every child and to equip them to find their identity and purpose in life. The programme was officially launched at a ceremonious function held on Monday, 7th October 2019 at Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir.
Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman – Board of Directors, Indian Schools Oman presided over the function as the chief guest. Mr. Arjun Sethunath, serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker, delivered the keynote address. Mr. Alkesh Joshi, Hon. President of the School Management Committee and Mr. M.P. Vinoba, Senior Principal and Education Advisor were present on the occasion.
In his presidential address, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel emphasized the importance and relevance of Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy to thrive and flourish in the world of business – whether as an employer or as an employee. “We aim the Entrepreneurship Club to be a space where the inherent creativity of our students is fostered, supported by a real-world, practical understanding of how enterprises work. The club shall familiarize students with the basics of a start-up – from the creation of new innovative ideas to converting that into a viable business model and shall also be a platform for interaction with like-minded students, mentors or entrepreneurs.”
Mr. Arjun Sethunath in his motivational address differentiated between a business man and an entrepreneur and exhorted the students not to be afraid of failures. “The prevailing school of thought in progressive companies viz. Intuit, Corning and Virgin Atlantic is that great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common byproduct. Executives of such organizations don’t mourn their mistakes but instead parlay them into future gains,” he said.
The Entrepreneurship Club of Indian Schools is rightly called ‘Stride’ qualifying the most salient characteristic of an entrepreneur – referring to the decisive step taken in one focused direction taken with undivided attention and undying grit and determination.
A series of motivational speeches and a visit to the Entrepreneurial Development Institute of India at Ahmedabad are in the pipeline of activities listed out for the members of the Club. The Commerce Department of Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir gave a presentation about the various entrepreneurial activities taken up by the department both in the school and inter-school levels.