If we do not change our direction we're likely to end where we're headed.
The most important feature of a transforming organisation is that it has a 'Vision' or what I would like to call the school's desired future. We have to make the school an important societal change agent for the future, to bring about any transformation in learning and social development in any community or country.
First and foremost we must list what a school vision must be:
- The Vision must be initiated by the leader and developed with school personnel and all stakeholders.
- It must provide future orientation.
- Set an overarching direction.
- Evoke an image of the future school.
- Provide a standard of excellence, an ideal.
- Is the vision, the basis for the unique contribution to students, to school personal, community, and society?
- Vision should be shared and supported by the internal and external stakeholders.
- The vision must be compelling and inspiring.
- Finally, the vision must be living and even evolve further as the process of change creation rolls out.
Reading my lessons from Schools Can Change and understanding the work of Learning Forward, I have been able to crystallize a vision statement for The Fabindia School, and this is how the vision could read. "The Fabindia School will become a national leader in innovation by implementing new technologies in learning and offer affordable quality education." Another way to state the school vision could be "The Fabindia School will become a national leader in schools and become the favored destination for English learning in rural India." The first statement is compelling and inspiring, the second seems to me a statement of purpose, and explains to all the stakeholders what is in it for them. This perhaps is our goal and is indeed a part of our vision wherein we have set out to become an institution of excellence, and there is an element of dynamism in what we are doing. The vision thus sustains over an extended period of time and is the direction for the ongoing mission.
Psychology Today Blog state that "The absence of, or poorly written Vision and Mission statements, are lost opportunities for Attracting/engaging/retaining talent; Building organizational culture; and, Increasing productivity while leveraging all resources to successfully implement a strategic plan."
A study by Bain and Company indicated that organizations that have clearly defined Vision and Mission statements that are aligned with a strategic plan, outperform those who do not.
A Mission statement:
- Defines the present state or purpose of an organization;
WHAT it does;WHO it does it for; and HOW it does what it does.
- Answers three questions about why an organization exists -
It is important to develop a plan around a clearly defined and well written Vision and Mission. Both serve important, yet different roles as core elements of a strategic plan. The Fabindia School's mission is to provide access to high-quality education for boys and girls at the rural level, using English as the medium of instruction. The school views primary education as a major stepping stone towards social mobility, equality, and employment opportunities.
The Vision must encourage us to think big (overview), think for tomorrow, think of student and society contribution and most important lead and help to create the future.
- Learning for Staff and Children
- Motivate them and win them over with a bright future
- Team up and deliver
Vision killers are often tradition (never done before!), fear of risk taking, stereotypes, complacency, fatigue and short term thinking. We must not look for quick results and look at details to help create the big picture.
The Vision must be Cognitive - to educate, Emotional - to motivate and Organisational - to coordinate. An effective vision produces more efficient and coordinated action. It must be coherent, powerful, emphasize on what is achievable and always clarify what the school should be.
Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a pass time. A vision must be a shared one as this alone will make it become a reality one day. Since its inception, The Fabindia School has been committed to encouraging education for girls in a culture where most parents who can afford an English medium school would send only their sons. To realize the dream of providing equal educational opportunity for girls, the school gives 200 scholarships and 70% are for girls alone. The school also provides scholarships through a partnership with The John Bissell Scholars Fund. It is a matter of pride that girls hold many leadership posts in the school. In addition, the school seeks to enroll and subsidize children from socially and economically marginalized communities who otherwise do not have access to quality education. One of the most important values imparted is for students to stay connected to their birthplace. They are instilled with a sense of pride in their local heritage and a sense of responsibility for the future of Rajasthan.
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Schools Can Change by Dale W. Lick (Author), Karl H. Clauset (Author)
Psychology Today website
The Vision Statement of the Bhadrajun Artisans Trust