05 August 2017
An I Can. Conference is a co-curricular activity aimed at the development of life skills and soft skills and modelled as a simulation of real world corporate, media and political affairs.
This two-day simulation is focused at allowing 13 – 19 year olds to explore possible career options, judging their present levels in skills relevant to their chosen simulated career, identifying key areas where they can improve their skills, and offering them avenues to continually develop those skills. This continual development takes place through annual I Can. Conferences that get progressively more detailed and complex, by connecting participants with a brilliant team of young professionals and with real-world entrepreneurs who can mentor them individually, and through masterclasses in various specialised skills that are not normally available in generic curriculum. The Conferences place a distinctive emphasis on honing analytical ability in participants, furthering their public speaking skills and confidence, and, through a series of experiential learning methods, making them more suitable leaders as they move forward in their chosen careers.
During the simulation, each participant dons a key role in a virtual replica of the world, spread across three key areas: Corporates, Media and Politics. A usual I Can. Conference sees 300-400 students from one or more schools participating in some or all of these capacities, each playing one or more of these roles.
Each roles’ activities have been devised to most accurately take the role-player through the typical work days of the role, with a particular focus on the life skills, soft skills and specialised skills that the role requires. These skills are imparted in an activity-based learning setup which prioritises practical and out-of-classroom teaching techniques developed through modern scientific pedagogy and more than four years of refinement. This makes an I Can. simulation something absolutely unique, with feedback from educationists and participants alike being much more positive than any similar co-curricular activity, especially in its diversity of appeal, depth of learning, and in the very apparent progress of individuals.
This year’s Conference at The Scindia School saw participation from over 400 boys from Classes 8 through 11 from the School, and 50 girls from Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya.