Modern Academy of Continuing Education

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Certificate Distribution Ceremony
Batch XXVI

MACE is based on the crucial principle of lifelong learning. It offers a wide range of courses and a

MACE offers a range of courses and activities for personal and professional growth
through a collaborative approach, bringing together enquiring citizens and
the academic and professional sectors to address challenges in education,
urban living, economic development, the arts, and life long learning. MACE is a public spirited learning centre achieved through interdisciplinary approaches,
community partnerships and applied research.

Operating as usual

Untitled album 07/01/2020

Certificate Distribution Ceremony
Batch XXVI

06/01/2020
06/06/2016

Modern Academy of Continuing Education's cover photo

Timeline photos 06/06/2016
Our History, Their Times 21/08/2015

MACE is happy to be the institutional partner for this unique project: Our History, Their Times

35 senior school students begin exploring Calcutta's history using the South Park Street Cemetery as the focal point. Their responses in form of art-works will be exhibited at SPSC in December 2015.

Researcher, Dr. Sudip Bhattacharya and visual artist Nobina Gupta will be guiding the students. Project led by Ruchira Das, Think Arts; supported by the Christian Burial Board.

Institutional Partner: Modern Academy of Continuing Education.

Photographs by Subhadrika Sen, Prarthana Hazra

Cover photos 23/04/2015

Summer Workshops for children from ages 6 to 13+

ART & ENVIRONMENT: Sensitising teenagers to respond on the disappearing dialogues in our lives, environment and society.

CLAY MODELLING: Discover the thrill of moulding clay and creating shapes and stories.

5 X 5: Initiate the digital kid into the fundamentals of film-making. They will learn to make two 25 seconds films during the workshop.

PROGRESSIVE THEATRE: Get introduced to the theories and methods employed by giants like Brecht, Grotowski, Brook & others and use them as elements of practical work.

COOKERY: Cook delicious items and enthrall friends and family.

THEATRE FOR YOUNG MINDS: A space to explore one's imagination and enhance creativity and mind- body coordination.

STOP MOTION: Set the child's imagination on fire with daily use objects like paper, toys, pastels and create a film.

PUPPETRY: Create puppets out of nowhere to tell a story.

DANCE: Children will learn basic steps of dance with sticks, making the exercise more fun-filled.

YOGA & MARTIAL ARTS: Will aid their concentration and tone their bodies.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Experience the fun of documenting your own observations. Also learn about elements, design and expression in photography.

ORIGAMI: Learn the Japanese art of folding paper and make decorative shapes and figures.

MUSIC APPRECIATION: Historical overview of music through the ages...from its early origins right up to contemporary jazz and rock n' roll.

Timeline photos 13/04/2015

Summer Workshops! Registrations open at MACE from 20th April'15

Cover photos 27/03/2015

Clay Modelling Session during one Summer Workshop! Details about this year's Summer Workshop will be posted very soon.

Photographs from the Talk by Dr. Garga Chatterjee 26/03/2015
Certificate Distribution - CTTC Batch XVII 17/03/2015
Teachers' Festival 17/03/2015

A short film on the Teachers' Festival

Teachers' Festival Presented by MACE & Teachers' Centre 29th to 31st January 2015 Teachers from 58 schools in and around Kolkata participated in this first ever Teachers' Festi...

Workshop by Carol Sterling 04/03/2015
Teachers' Festival - Day 3 01/02/2015

The morning session of the final day of the Teachers’ Festival, like the earlier day, again witnessed a series of parallel workshops, though addressing new themes. While John Britton continued his workshop on ‘Teachers as Performers’, Shikshamitra introduced participating teachers to what goes on behind the design of effective TLMs in subject areas such as Bengali, English, and Maths. Acknowledging the influences, ideas from the resource materials many other organisations such as Jodo Gyan, Pratham, and the NCERT, Shikshamitra volunteers walked us through a range of TLMs that opened up new vistas on how such materials could be effectively used by both learners and teachers in schools. The third parallel workshop of the morning, that on ‘Toys from Trash’ by Manish Jain, had generated a lot of pre-event curiosity. The demonstration workshop by an indefatigable Manish, who showed how easily classroom spaces could be made exciting with low/no-cost science learning models, entirely justified the large participation of anticipant teachers.
The final event of the Teachers’ Festival, unlike the norm, and resonating with the overall spirit of the Festival, was a brief and reflective one, with partner organisations for the Festival such as the Teachers’ Centre, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, and Shikshamitra sharing their views on the three-day event. The presence of the values of diversity and inclusion as had been evident in the Festival and efforts to strengthen these values in subsequent years of the event, as also the need for an event such as this with a regular periodicity were underlined. That these sentiments resonated with most of the participants was evident in the spontaneous applause to the suggestions. One can justifiably speculate that teachers who participated in this year’s Teachers’ Festival have already started their countdown for the next one.

Teachers' Festival - Day 2 31/01/2015

The second day at the Teachers’ Festival began with parallel workshops addressing diverse themes. Each of these workshops overflowed with participants eager to learn more about what John Britton would do in ‘Teachers as Performers’, or what Bichitra Pathshala had arranged for under ‘Film clippings dealing with Conflict Resolution’, or what Shikshamitra had in store for in their session on ‘Using Libraries as Open Spaces’. After walking the participants through some of the defining elements of his understanding of the teaching-learning process, which John Britton aptly summarised as ‘an encounter with the self (for both the teacher and the taught) without generating any feeling of inadequacy’, he led the teachers into a process of experiential discovery of the meaning of this through participatory performance exercises and games. Participant teachers were similarly occupied in the intensely interactive and participatory workshop by Bichitra Pathshala where clippings from films such as ‘Lagaan’, ‘Mother India’, Rang de Basanti’ were used to underline the questions that arise when decisions need to be made under situations where values, ideas, interests are often in conflict. While teachers could easily connect to the pedagogical possibilities of this session, the peer-discussion revealed nuanced analysis of the sub-texts of the film clippings shown. The third parallel workshop of the morning session, that by Shikshamitra, led two groups of enthusiastic teachers many of who were also coordinators of their school libraries, through an understanding of the library as a ‘notional’ rather than ‘physical’ space. Conventional ideas such as libraries should be ‘silent’ spaces were challenged by emphasising the need of having events like reading sessions to make library spaces in schools more vibrant and connected to classroom processes . A more subdued, but equally engaging session continued in the MHS ‘shed’ all the while where volunteers from Vikramshila Education Resource Society used a guided walk through both teacher and children projects from their many interventions to show how incorporation of the lived experiences of the learners should indeed become integral to our philosophy of teaching-learning. The wonderfully evocative film ‘Khel Khel Mein’ on Metiaburuz, made by children themselves from the immediate locality under the aegis of Vikramshila, reiterated the same sentiment.
The first session of the afternoon was a talk by Dr. Anuttama Banerjee which brought into focus one of the most important issues facing teachers of the day, that of ‘Inclusion in Everyday Practices of Teachers’. The wonderful presentation interspersed with anecdotal evidence made a case for inclusion in the broadest possible terms and drew attention to both individual and structural reasons underlying exclusion and discriminatory practices. In the last session of the day, the four panelists Mr. John Britton, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Mr. John Mason and Prof. Somak Roy Chowdhury discussed and debated on ‘What is Worth Teaching’. Mrs. Kar moderated the discussion through a series of reflective questions on the theme which brought out diverse responses from the panelists, but responses which more often than not complemented each other and revealed how educationists of very different persuasions agree upon some of the fundamental tenets that should define our school education system

Teachers' Festival Day 1 30/01/2015

The Teachers’ Festival saw an engrossing first day with promises of more to come over the remaining two days. With the venue for today, the ‘shed’ in MHS, filled to capacity with teachers and educationists from different institutions, one could not help but agree with one of the participants who observed, ‘It is all looking very festive and nice’. The generally austere ambience of the ‘shed’ seemed to have acquired a life of its own. A section dedicated to a guided walk through Teachers’ Projects and a self-operated audio-visual looped presentation on ‘Decision-making in Moments of Conflict’ added to the festive atmosphere.
The proceedings today began with a crisp introduction by Devi Kar, the Director of both MACE and MHS, followed by the keynote address by the eminent teacher, historian, and journalist, Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee. Speaking on the theme ‘What is Teaching’, Prof. Mukherjee underlined how the making of inquisitive and questioning minds should be the main concern occupying our teachers rather than the current focus on exam-oriented teaching-learning. The Q&A had the participants responding with immediate enthusiasm to Prof. Mukherjee’s call for ‘questioning minds’ with teachers and educationists from the audience seeking clarifications on the connections they made between their own work and Prof. Mukherjee’s insightful observations.
After a short-break with scrumptious savouries and hot beverages generously arranged for by 6, Ballygunge Place, Dr. Mohan Agashe held us mesmerised with a scintillating presentation on ‘Surgery of Education under the Anaesthesia of Entertainment’. The talk, interspersed with short films and Dr. Agashe’s inimitable sense of humour decried the excessive focus on cognitive development in our current school system. Mr. John Mason closed the session by emphasising that Dr. Agashe's talk on the need for ‘emotional communication’ as an integral part of school curriculum was indeed an appropriate start to the Teachers' Festival.

Teachers' Festival Day 1 30/01/2015

We had a great start to the Teachers' Festival which continues today and tomorrow!

The Teachers’ Festival saw an engrossing first day with promises of more to come over the remaining two days. With the venue for today, the ‘shed’ in MHS, filled to capacity with teachers and educationists from different institutions, one could not help but agree with one of the participants who observed, ‘It is all looking very festive and nice’. The generally austere ambience of the ‘shed’ seemed to have acquired a life of its own. A section dedicated to a guided walk through Teachers’ Projects and a self-operated audio-visual looped presentation on ‘Decision-making in Moments of Conflict’ added to the festive atmosphere.
The proceedings today began with a crisp introduction by Devi Kar, the Director of both MACE and MHS, followed by the keynote address by the eminent teacher, historian, and journalist, Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee. Speaking on the theme ‘What is Teaching’, Prof. Mukherjee underlined how the making of inquisitive and questioning minds should be the main concern occupying our teachers rather than the current focus on exam-oriented teaching-learning. The Q&A had the participants responding with immediate enthusiasm to Prof. Mukherjee’s call for ‘questioning minds’ with teachers and educationists from the audience seeking clarifications on the connections they made between their own work and Prof. Mukherjee’s insightful observations.
After a short-break with scrumptious savouries and hot beverages generously arranged for by 6, Ballygunge Place, Dr. Mohan Agashe held us mesmerised with a scintillating presentation on ‘Surgery of Education under the Anaesthesia of Entertainment’. The talk, interspersed with short films and Dr. Agashe’s inimitable sense of humour decried the excessive focus on cognitive development in our current school system. Mr. John Mason closed the session by emphasising that Dr. Agashe's talk on the need for ‘emotional communication’ as an integral part of school curriculum was indeed an appropriate start to the Teachers' Festival.

Cover photos 12/12/2014

A MACE & Teachers' Centre Presentation.
on 29th,30th & 31st Jan 2015 at Modern Academy of Continuing Education
Keynote Speech : Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee
Panel Discussion : What is Worth Teaching?
Dr. Mohan Agashe, Mr. John Britton, Prof. Somak Roy Choudhury , Mr. John Mason. Moderated by Ms. Devi Kar

Illustrated Talks by Dr. Mohan Agashe and Dr. Anuttama Banerjee

Workshops : Toys from Trash, Teachers as Performers, Decisions in Moments of Conflict, Designing Effective TLMs, Using Libraries as Open Spaces
and much more….

For further details, please contact Teachers' Centre at 22297092 or [email protected]

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MACE is based on the crucial principle of lifelong learning and offers a range of courses and activities for personal and professional growth through a collaborative approach, bringing together enquiring citizens and the academic and professional sectors to address challenges in education, urban living, economic development, the arts, and life long learning.
MACE is a public spirited learning centre and an ‘equal opportunity space’ allowing people of all ages to co-exist effectively in the same classroom environment. This is achieved through interdisciplinary approaches, community partnerships and applied research.

At MACE we believe in the liberating nature of education. We provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, motivation and resources to develop the capacity to manage change. We reinforce that education should be continuous; the accumulated experiences of life should be the blocks with which we continue building and reshaping ourselves.

MACE emphasises three pillars on which its policies and regulations rest: integrity, respect for others and respect for the values of teaching, learning and scholarship.

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