School Leaders' Retreat 2020, Paro, Bhutan
The School Leaders' Retreat is a programme for school leaders for discussions and common learning experiences to build a foundation of shared values and create a network of leaders in the Asia-Pacific community.
Background: Asia Pacific Schools Initiative - Leadership through Serene Strength
The Asia-Pacific Schools Initiative (APSI), a bouquet of educational programmes organized by Centre for Escalation of Peace, aims to instill in the participants ‘Leadership through Serene Strength’ in order to promote peace and harmony in the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the strength of serenity and tranquility that should drive the leaders to meet the challenges, and the APSI programmes work towards building that Serene Strength with all stakeholders in the education space.
Our endeavour with the youth is to create a network of future leaders, developing and nurturing in each one of them the capacity to exercise ‘Leadership through Serene Strength’. Students and teachers from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region participate in a bi-annual programme that lasts 10 - 12 months. We have successfully conducted two editions of APSI in 2017 and 2019.
The School Leaders’ Retreat is a programme that brings together school leaders with the same intent of inculcating an understanding of ‘Leadership through Serene Strength’ and inspiring them to support the students and teachers of their schools. We believe that if schools practice and promote ‘Leadership through Serene Strength’, it will have a multiplier effect and will spread in the community, country and region. The young students who understand and practice this will be the change-makers when they grow up into positions of leadership and the teachers and school leaders would be the facilitators of that transformation. After an impressive beginning in 2018, we announce the School Leaders’ Retreat 2020.
School Leaders' Retreat 2020: Paro, Bhutan
The programme addresses the unique challenges of a school leader in the complex and fast-changing world of learning. Designed specifically for school heads, the programme equips participants with ideas, skills and practices to create and lead collaborative result-oriented teams with Serene Strength.
As a part of this programme, a workshop on leadership focuses on distinguishing technical and adaptive challenges in running a school, creating alignment and commitment among team members, and nurturing a win-win mindset. Using the experiential learning approach, the workshop will include engaging activities, reflection, sharing and discussions to co-create insights and learning.
This year, the School Leaders' Retreat will take place in Paro, Bhutan from July 8 - 12, 2020, inclusive of travel dates. The programme will have keynote speakers and discussion forums to address some of the challenges that we are facing in schools today. This will give us opportunities to co-create new ideas and knowledge to deal with such situations. The programme is structured in a manner that will allow you time to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of the country. Interaction with eminent Bhutanese personalities is also woven into the programme.
The cost of the programme will be 75,000 INR, inclusive of the programme fee, cost of food, accommodation and sightseeing. We will pick you up from Paro Airport on Day 1 and drop you back on Day 5. However, the cost of your round trip to Paro, visa fee, travel insurance shall be borne by you.
We have limited seats available for the Retreat. Please register at the earliest and make the payment in order to ensure your seat.
About the workshop
The workshop addresses the unique challenges of a school leader in the complex and fast-changing world of learning. Designed specifically for school heads, the programme will equip participants with insights, skills and practices to create and lead collaborative result-oriented teams. Sessions will focus on distinguishing technical and adaptive challenges in running a school, creating alignment and commitment among team members and nurturing a win-win mindset. Understanding “serene strength” to promote peace, harmony and success for self and the others will go a long way in developing the positive mindset that is required to “escalate peace”.
Using the experiential learning approach, sessions will include engaging activities, reflection, sharing and discussions to co-create ideas and learning.
About the facilitator - Mr Gaurav Saklani
Gaurav has been leading learning programmes with companies and institutions for over 20 years. He facilitates powerful and highly engaging workshops around Creating Winning Teams, Realizing Leadership Potential, and Handling Difficult Conversations.
Gaurav has worked with leading schools like The Doon School, Lawrence School, Sanawar, Neev Academy, Inventure Academy and Hill Spring International School and also facilitated the APSI 2017, APSI 2019 and the School Leaders’ Retreat 2018.
About the keynote speaker - Dasho Karma Ura
President, Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research
Karma Ura trained as an economist at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities. He worked for the Ministry of Planning in Bhutan for 12 years. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Bhutan Studies (1999-2008) and is currently its President. The CBS has been at the forefront of promoting His Majesty the fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness, and conducting multidisciplinary research about Bhutan. He was a member of the first Drafting Committee of Bhutan’s Constitution. He has authored numerous books and has participated in many international conferences as keynote speaker.
About the organisers
Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) - CEP focuses on finding viable solutions to issues of conflict and poverty, lack of proper education and skilling, through engagements at grassroots and policy levels. It creates platforms and establishes programmes that encourage the free exchange of ideas across borders, with a distinct focus on empowering young minds.Read more
Pallavan Learning Systems (PLS) - PLS is an education research organization. It specializes in creating education centres of excellence with innovative learning spaces and systems so that learning takes place seamlessly. It conducts research, seminars and conferences for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge so that what it does remains current and relevant to the rapidly changing times.Read More
India Trust - It is the logistics partner of CEP and PLS for the School Leaders' Retreat 2020.