The principal of the Emerald Heights International School, Mr. Siddharth Singh has been appointed as a Director in the Board of AFS India. The selection was unanimously approved by the members. AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental and non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop knowledge, skills and understanding required to create a more just and peaceful world.
Sharing his journey, Mr. Singh talked about the transition in his life and how he handled them. “I had completed my Masters in Business Education in Marketing and Finance, when my plans and life fell apart”, he said.
He had been studying in Stony Brook University at Long Island, USA when his mother fell ill. “I wanted to pursue a course in Hospitality and Construction to pursue my dream career in it”, Singh said while discussing his ambitions. However following his mother’s cancer, he decided to head back home.
Dreams are not what we want, but they are realities that make us happy and ignite the fire of passion in our lives. And it must be. “As I lived on the campus, I helped my mother and discovered education to be my love over ambitions”, Mr. Singh said. He started working under his mother’s guidance as her assistant.
Having worked in the field of education for last couple of years, he has brought many changes in the school bringing practical exposure to students. “We are providing facilities to the students where they can explore ideas and apply them in an open environment”, Mr. Singh said. With various additions to facilities and exposure, he ensures students participation in social service programs, competitions, international tours and hosting international students. “Our students help in bringing change in the society by bringing change in their mind-set and understanding real problems of villagers”, he said. He explained that students should understand and feel the pain of people in order to work for them.
“AFS began as American Field Service during World War I and II when nearly 5,000 young men from all over the world volunteered as ambulance drivers. We want students to engage in such activities based on the need of people and their interest”, Mr. Singh said.