Diversity can help effective learning and mutual understanding since differences in culture, language and nationalities can be leveraged for creating harmony, mutual understanding and individual development, said K.M. Abraham, Principal Secretary, Higher Education.
He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Learning 2012' – the second International Learning Convention organised by the Life Long Learning Foundation at the Pastoral Orientation Centre (POC), Kochi on Friday. He reminded that one has to practise what one learns.
“For example, in some Indian States children make good use of the minimal English that they know, whereas in Kerala, children are hesitant to communicate in English even when their English is good.”
Mr. Abraham also spelt out the need for children to learn moral and ethical values for which India was well known in the past.
He presented the learning innovation award to P. Vijayan, Commissioner of Police, Thrissur and Patron of Nanma, for his role in social transformation. The Managing Director of V.Guard Industries, Kochouseph Chittilapilli, was given the award for corporate leadership, while K.G. Nair, Director of the Centre for Science in Society, won the award for popularising science.