On Saturday 18 September, over 200 parents and kishores currently studying in high school attended an education evening held at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Sydney. The Education Information Seminar featured a presentation on the Australian education system, a panel discussion involving current students, a speech from a parent's perspective and a panel discussion involving successful kishores and yuvaks who have been through the education system.
The opening presentation on the Australian education system dispelled common misconceptions that parents and students have and provided a perspective on how they can better select their subjects and apply for university. The lecture emphasized the importance of studies in Hindu families. The stimulating speech reached out to all parents to better understand and support their children as they go through a very stressful but rewarding stage in their life.
The two panel discussions provided unique and different perspectives. Current students spoke about expectations of parents, personal expectations and distractions. The second panel allowed parents to look into the future as the successful students offered views on where study has taken them, effective study balance, time management, career opportunities and the importance of satsang during school.
During the informal session afterwards, many parents asked further questions to the presenters and panel members. The seminar was much appreciated by both parents and students and helped to create a common understanding which will benefit all in the long run.