“Innovation rules the future. The advancements in technology have changed the lifestyle of every individual.” – Meka Ramakrishna Sayee, India
With a population of over 1 billion, India has an enormous challenge when it comes to providing an education for all of its citizens, and ensuring universal elementary education by 2015 (the second of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals). While the challenges may seem insurmountable – illiteracy, equal access to education for girls and remote rural populations – there are many educators, consultants and passionate advocates who are working tirelessly to make universal quality education in India a reality.
Such is the case with Meka Ramakrishna Sayee. Sayee, a consultant and author of four books, is diligent in his work to provide students with the drive, motivation, skills and confidence to succeed. Sayee is co-author, along with his father, M.S. Rao and brother, M. Ganesh Sai – both Daily Edventures alumni — of the award winning book Success Can Be Yours. His many articles have been featured in various international journals including the Journal of Values-Based Leadership.
“Education is the primary need for anyone,” says Sayee. “A person’s growth, achievement and success depend on the kind of education they get. That’s what drew me to the field of education.”
Here’s today’s Daily Edventure with Meka Ramakrishna Sayee.
Can you tell us about a favorite teacher, or someone who made a difference in your education?
I was poor in mathematics and never scored good marks in that subject during my high school years. But, during that time, I met a mathematics teacher who taught me how fun mathematics could be. From then on, I got good marks in that subject.
Please describe how your professional achievements have advanced innovation in education. What has changed as a result of your work?
I contributed to the development of a unique teaching tool ‘Meka’s Method’ by Professor M.S.Rao. The research paper, “Exploring ‘Meka’s method’ to achieve effective teaching and training outcomes,” was published by the prestigious Emerald Journal.
In your opinion, how has the use of apps, cell phones, and mobile devices changed education? And your work?
Mobile devices have changed our lifestyle. By introducing smart phones, our life and work is made easy. I frequently use notepad apps to write down my ideas, instead of carrying a book and pen. During my travelling time, I read some books on my mobiles, which are easy to carry. There are several education-oriented apps where I spend considerable amounts of time acquiring knowledge. It has changed many things and become part of my life.
In your view, what is the most exciting innovation happening in education today?
“Learning from anywhere” is the concept currently. A person on one end of the world can deliver a lecture to students on the other end. People learn many things online free of cost. Many people are providing education free of cost. Students are utilizing these resources to acquire a wide variety of knowledge.
Is there a 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, or creativity and innovation) that you are most passionate about? Why?
I am passionate about communication and innovation. Communication skills are required for every individual to succeed in professional life. Effective communication is the key to success. Innovation rules the future. The advancements in technology have changed the lifestyle of every individual. For instance, smart phones, mobiles and many such devices have made work easier, which is all due to innovation.
If you could give one educational tool to every child in the world, what would it be? Why?
A tablet or a mobile is a tool I would like to give to every child. There are several apps on education regarding any topic, and a child can browse the Internet to acquire wide knowledge on any topic. Anybody can learn from YouTube, and there are endless ways to learn with a tablet.
What is your country doing well currently to support education?
The Government is taking on a few initiatives to provide free education to deserving and poor people in India, and provides scholarship and study loans.
How must education change in your country to ensure that students are equipped to thrive in the 21st century?
Unfortunately, Indian students have book knowledge and follow rote-learning methodology. They are unable to implement and apply knowledge in their real lives. Hence, there must be change in the education system that emphasizes practical learning.
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome to ensure students are receiving a quality education?
There is a lack of quality teachers in most of the educational institutions in India, and only a few teachers who are well qualified to attract, educate and inspire students. Students need proper guidance to achieve success, and to achieve success they need good teachers. The reason for not having qualified teachers is that the educational institutions can’t afford qualified teachers. Hence, educational institutions should invest considerable amount of money for qualified faculty.
How can teachers or school leaders facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned through your work?
Internationally, educators should adopt Professor M.S. Rao’s “Meka’s Method” of teaching to inspire and transform students to make a difference to the world.
How have you incorporated mobile devices/apps into your classroom and have you seen any improvements?
Nowadays, most students possess smart phones. Mobile apps have changed the ways of learning. There are newspaper apps, calculator apps, timetable scheduling apps and many more are used by students to acquire knowledge.
About Meka Ramakrishna Sayee
Author and Educator, MSR Leadership Consultants
- Birthplace: Chennai, India
- Current residence: Hyderabad, India
- Education: Engineering Graduate
- Website I check every day: http://mrkhyd.wordpress.com http://www.amazon.com/Success-Can-Be-Yours-ebook/dp/B00DYKS4GA
- Person who inspires me most: M. Padmavathy, my Mother.
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Singapore
- Favorite book: 21 Success Sutras for Leaders by Professor M.S. Rao and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Favorite music: Fearless, Taylor Swift
- What is the best advice you have ever received?: “Never Say ‘No’ Too Soon and ‘Yes’ Too Late” One of the ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’ authored by Professor M.S. Rao.
- Your favorite quote or motto: Do your duty, and don’t look for returns.
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