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Founder of MGIS Remembers Establishing Gujarat’s 1st IB School That’s Known For Practicing Inclusion

Co-founder of MGIS, Dr Anju Musafir, highlights the features and success stories of the school that make it one of the top institutions in India

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Mahatma Gandhi International School in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, was established in 1998 by founders Dr Anju Musafir Chazot and Dr Pascal Chazot. 

Dr Chazot is a French citizen and a French civil servant who was posted as the Director of Alliance Francaise where he met his wife, Anju. While they were doing some remarkable work in language learning there, they decided to start a school as well where equity in quality education would be provided to rich and poor, abled and differently-abled alike.

MGIS is the first International Baccalaureate school in Gujarat, first in the state to use Apple technology and the first school in India to offer skill development courses affiliated to Edexcel BTEC and the IB Career Programme. Moreover, MGIS has a strong international and national education exchange program with France, Australia, South Korea, USA and Ladakh (India).

ScooNews spoke to Dr Anju Musafir Chazot and dug deep into the ideas and philosophy of MGIS and its founders. 

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Take us to the beginning of your journey with MGIS?

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Both Pascal and I come from the education sector, and it is while working in this field that we realised how the conservative way of teaching and the educational divide mandate children from the economically lower section of society to attend municipal/govt school, middle section for public/private schools and only the extremely rich to afford the elite residential schools. We thought this was holding the students back from gaining quality education which should be a right for all.

Hence, in 1997, we started working on a plan of a PPP model in collaboration with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Both of us being huge admirers of Mahatma Gandhi and believers of his philosophies decided to name our school after the Father of The Nation.

In 1998-99, after plenty of speculation, criticism, hate marches, stoning, signature campaigns and a great ordeal of court cases, the ruling was in MGIS’s favour and we were granted the permission and a land where the municipal building stood for the school.

The journey was thrilling, scary, enthralling and unexpected all at once. Our conviction was tested in the beginning especially because of all the aversion we were subjected to, but in the end, everything settled on its own and we became the first international school in Gujarat.  

How is GRL (Generated Resource Learning) pedagogy different from the usual learning? What sort of positive outcomes are expected from students under this system?

While working on MGIS’s inception, we decided to not just bring IB culture in the education sector for all children but also provide them with a pedagogy that will bring about the required change. We brought in a Multisensory Pedagogy, which means using all the senses and the body to learn. Since in Experiential Learning it is the child’s liking and context that should be given importance to, we wanted to break away from the colonial model of education that we have invariably inherited. That is how GRL was born.

How does practising inclusion work in MGIS? How do you make sure students from an economically-lower background don’t feel lesser than others or a differently-abled child is not bullied or left behind in the class? 

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Inclusion as a practice needs continuous development, work, and dedication to thrive. When we decided to open MGIS, we also agreed upon making it an inclusive school which will try and cater to as many differently-abled students as possible. Inclusiveness in school is not just about the child but the peers, educators, administration and also parents are involved in the process. Not all cases are alike and so the solution cannot be the same too.

It will be inexact if I say we handle all situations with ease. From counselling a bully to handling a stubborn parent, we encounter varied difficult situations often and solve them with professional help. Inclusion works wonderfully but to make it work, we thrive every day to create a healthy learning environment. For example, children make their own rules when they join the school and each class functions as a council and as a forum to discuss, resolve conflicts and issues that the children bring up. We also work a lot on group bonding and trust using a lot of techniques from drama and art and other therapies. These are ice breaker and energizer exercises that are fun and help the children know each other. A third important thing is that we do not give marks to children till higher secondary. We give qualitative feedback to each child. This makes them feel valued with no hierarchies and distinctions between them.

 What sort of fee structure is present in MGIS for students of underprivileged families?

The school has a differential way of paying fees. It is open to privileged and underprivileged alike, we do not charge any fee to those who are unable to pay. When the school was established in cooperation with Municipal Corporations, we reserved 20% seats for the economically-backwards section of the society. This has increased to 25% with time to comply with the RTE act.

During an academic year, we have 300 students with us. We also do not have any admission criteria. For every child, whichever section of society they may come from, we meet with the parents and child and decide unanimously in the administration regarding the admission.

Share a success story that shows MGIS has achieved a unique breakthrough.

The Cafetaria Project is one of the most successful campaigns by MGIS, which is also close to my heart. Started in 1999, its idea is to empower kids from kindergarten to grade 11, once a month, by teaching them how to manage a cafeteria according to age competencies.

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For the everyday menu, the students conduct surveys, make Venn diagrams, do mathematics, buy vegetables, manage the accounts, costing, selling, language, hygiene, science etc., and of course, look after the cooking process as well.

Every time The Cafetaria Project takes place, we witness in them the willingness to work as a team. We see them turning into brilliant managers who are having fun while learning. This initiative has taught us that the important aspects of life can be taught even in a kitchen. Learning is just not limited to the books, after all.  

How does filmmaking help in the learning process?

Filmmaking is an interdisciplinary project that runs through several classes with varying degrees of difficulties. For example, to make a film for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on the awareness of dengue, students started with learning how to fill a tender, then bid for it, made the film, and managed all the aspects of the project. They’ve also made films with the election commission for voter awareness. These films have been played in theatres as well and applauded. While at it, the students are also learning about these pressing social issues and other life skills that go into making a film.

We integrate a lot of things into the project but the project must also mean something to the child. Ultimately, it should empower the child. Because when children are engaged in something wholeheartedly, they become truly active and productive. They also learn all the necessary life skills when engaged in real-life projects. And learning must be joyful!

How is MGIS different now after these 20 odd years of its establishment?

20 years down the line, what I believe we have achieved is the trust which was missing in the beginning. There was a lot of scepticism about the school being able to bring about the change we hoped for. We were told with just 300 children and a small set-up, having an impact on the classroom practice beyond MGIS was not possible. Parents also worried about how the children would perform in mainstream examinations and in universities, how they would fare in life and adjust, all these fears are now laid to rest. Since the last 20 years, our children have found their passion, gone on to chase their dreams and are excelling in their fields. Most importantly, they are happy individuals today with important values of honesty, compassion and ethics. 

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Also, the idea of MGIS was never just providing a unique pedagogy but also to add value to teachers’ lives with our Teacher Training programmes, in which we train educators of municipal schools, village schools and private schools alike, across India. We have also recently completed an online Teacher Training that we created with TATA and TISS for CBSE. Now CBSE has announced that its schools should follow experiential learning based on MGIS’s pedagogy, that means this training will be reaching to 1.2 million teachers. I strongly believe that this is the kind of impact even a small school can have, provided one is working really hard inside the classroom. 

The dedication and resilience of MGIS and its founders are praise-worthy. At the time when education was not even possible for everyone, they opened a school to cater to all the sections of society and developed a joyful pedagogy that was more realistic and successful. This is inclusion at its best!

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Ministry of Education launches YUVA 2.0

YUVA 2.0 – Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors is an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors (below 30 years of age) in order to promote reading, writing, and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.

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On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education launched YUVA 2.0 – Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors. YUVA 2.0 is an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors (below 30 years of age) in order to promote reading, writing, and book culture in the country, and to project India and Indian writings globally.

In view of the significant impact of the first edition of YUVA with large-scale participation from young and budding authors in 22 different Indian languages and English, YUVA 2.0 is now being launched.

The launch of YUVA 2.0 (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) is in tune with the Prime Minister’s vision to encourage the youth to understand and appreciate India’s democracy. YUVA 2.0 is a part of the [email protected] Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) to bring to the fore the perspectives of the young generation of writers on the THEME: ‘Democracy (institutions, events, people, constitutional values – past, present, future)’ in an innovative and creative manner. This scheme will thus help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote Indian heritage, culture, and knowledge system.

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NEP 2020 has emphasised empowering young minds and creating a learning ecosystem that can prepare young readers/learners for leadership roles in the future world. India tops the chart in youth population being 66% of the total, waiting to be tapped for capacity building and thereby nation building. With the purpose of mentoring a new generation of young creative writers, there is an imminent requirement to take initiatives at the highest level. In this context, YUVA 2.0 will go a long way in laying the foundation for the future leaders of the creative world.

The National Book Trust, India, under the Ministry of Education as the Implementing Agency will ensure phase-wise execution of the Scheme under well-defined stages of mentorship. The books prepared under this scheme will be published by National Book Trust, India, and will also be translated into other Indian languages ensuring the exchange of culture and literature, thereby promoting ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. The selected young authors will interact with some of the best authors in the world, participate in literary festivals, etc.

The scheme will help to develop a stream of writers who can write on various facets of Democracy in India encompassing the past, present, and future. Besides, it will also provide a window to the aspiring youth to articulate themselves and present a comprehensive outlook of Indian Democratic values on domestic as well as international platforms. This scheme has been conceptualized on the premise that 21st-century India needs to groom a generation of young authors to create ambassadors of Indian literature. In view of the fact that our country is ranked third in the arena of book publishing and we have a treasure trove of indigenous literature, India must project it on the global stage.

The Schedule of YUVA 2.0 (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) is as follows:

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  • Announcement of the Scheme 2 October 2022.
  • A total of 75 authors will be selected through an All India Contest to be conducted through https://www.mygov.in/ from 2 October 2022 – 30 November 2022.
  • The received proposals would be evaluated from 1 December 2022 – 31 January 2023.
  • The winners will be announced on 28 February 2023.
  • The young authors will be trained by eminent authors/mentors from 1 March 2023 – 31 August 2023.
  • Under the mentorship, the first set of published books will be launched on 2 October 2023.

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CCL-IIT Gandhinagar and ScooNews announce nationwide S.T.E.A.M. Yatra

Center for Creative Learning – IIT Gandhinagar announces S.T.E.A.M. Yatra – India’s largest STEAM mission for schools. ScooNews pledges to make the mission accessible nationwide.

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Prof. Manish Jain, CCL - IIT Gandhinagar, and Ravi Santlani, CEO, ScooNews at the signing of the MOU for S.T.E.A.M. Yatra

Center for Creative Learning, IIT Gandhinagar in association with the country’s leading education media platform ‘ScooNews’, announced its nationwide tour of schools focused on training over 1 Lac students on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM).

STEAM Yatra will be one of its kind ‘Tour of India’ where teams of CCL and ScooNews will travel together to various cities and conduct one-day workshops with students and teachers. The training curriculum prepared by the Center of Creative Learning for S.T.E.A.M Yatra will include students from grade 6th to grade 12th. The initiative aims to reach and impact 250-400 schools and 1 lac students across India in the next year.

STEAM Yatra will provide hands-on ways for students and teachers to connect mundane everyday learning topics to the real world. The workshop aims to improve the basic conceptual understanding and critical thinking of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M). Designed to nurture children’s inner creative thinking and to help them explore, innovate, and take risks.

Prof. Manish Jain, CCL-IIT Gandhinagar said, “We really believe that the most important need of the hour is to make education engaging and inspiring and in that regard one of the best tools are Toys and Games which helps in integrating STEM and ART. We are very excited to travel across the country to spread the message and Bring Back the Gleam in the Eyes of our children.”

Ravi Santlani, CEO, ScooNews said, “We are very proud of our association with CCL- IIT Gandhinagar, we plan to travel to 10 cities and 10000 students in the first phase of the pilot by the end of this year. A mega gathering of all students and teachers in the iconic open-air auditorium at IIT Gandhinagar is a dream that we together should aim at achieving.”

To learn more about S.T.E.A.M. Yatra and how schools can participate, please email at [email protected]

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DGT launches Bharatskills Forum

Directorate General of Training (DGT) launches Bharatskills Forum, a digital knowledge-sharing platform for the ITIs’ trainees, trainers, and industry

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A new feature called the Bharatskills Forum has been added to the Bharatskills learning platform developed by DGT that allows sharing of books, notes, videos, a question bank, etc., and other relevant skill-related content for learners. This facility shall act as a digital warehouse for the skilling community by allowing sharing of contents in various forms like handwritten trainers’ or trainees’ notes, PDFs, scanned copies, or recorded videos in any language.

The Directorate General of Training (DGT) in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is the apex organisation for development and coordination at the national level for the programmes relating to vocational training. DGT in Oct 2019 launched an online learning platform called the Bharatskills (https://bharatskills.gov.in ), a Central Digital Repository for the trainees and trainers of the ITI ecosystem, providing easy access to updated curriculum, e-books, Question Banks, mock/practice papers, learning videos, etc., for courses under the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), Craft Instructor Training Scheme (CITS) and the Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS), thus enabling anytime, anywhere learning outside the classrooms. This platform presents unique access to a centralized, scalable, and thriving support ecosystem through its industrial partners for the students and teachers who can now learn the new age (Industrial Revolution 4.0) skills to meet the demands of the industry.

The usage of Bharatskills learning platform has increased multi-fold from around 90,000 users in March 2020 to more than 48 Lakh unique users have accessed the portal and over 1.75 crores hits as of date.

The Bharatskills Forum (https://bskillforum.bharatskills.gov.in/ ) was launched by Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE in the presence of Ms. Trishaljit Sethi, Director General/ AS, DGT. On the occasion, Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari while sharing his views said that the learning platform of Bharatskills has now opened a two-way, unique facility for the trainers, trainees, and those interested in skill training, for sharing relevant content within the skill community. We can say that the Bharatskills Forum is for the Skill Community and at the same time, by the Skill Community, he added.

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UNESCO launches 2022 State of the Education Report for India

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launches it’s 2022 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education – Here, There and Everywhere.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched its 2022 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education – Here, There and Everywhere.

This publication is the annual flagship report of the UNESCO New Delhi Office and is based on extensive research.

This fourth edition of the State of Education Report provides an introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to demystify a subject that has endured various misconceptions. This is supplemented by an overview of challenges and opportunities in the Indian education sector that Artificial Intelligence can address.

“Today, improving the quality of education and the learning outcomes of students are the utmost priorities of all countries. India has made significant strides in its education system and strong indicators point to the country’s notable efforts to enhance learning outcomes, including by using Artificial Intelligence-powered education technology,” said Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO New Delhi.

Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO New Delhi speaks at the release of UNESCO State of the Education for India Report 2022 on Artificial Intelligence in Education

“The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) is really pleased to note that UNESCO has dedicated the theme of its 2022 ‘State of the Education Report for India’ to Artificial Intelligence in Education. We believe that this report is timely, as it can contribute towards transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy and make Digital India, a reality,” said Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

It is reported that the AI market in India is expected to reach US$7.8 billion by 2025 at the rate of 20.2 percent compound annual growth. To align India’s curriculum to the 21st century and to prepare the students for the AI economy, India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 lays profound emphasis on the need to impart the necessary technical knowledge at all levels of education.  It emphasizes the integration of AI in Education to also promote quality and skill-based education.

With this Report, UNESCO offers a glimpse of the varied dimensions and suggestions for future uses of Artificial Intelligence in the school setting. We hope this publication will serve as a useful reference tool for enhancing and influencing programmes and policies related to technology and, in particular, Artificial Intelligence; while at the same time, never losing the focus that all technology should be human-centered and benefit the greater interest of humanity.

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In line with the national vision of Digital India, the report concludes with a set of ten action-oriented recommendations that we hope will catalyze India’s transformational journey through technological education and advanced tech-driven solutions in the educational processes.

The ten recommendations are: 

  • Consider the ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Education as an utmost priority
  • Rapidly provide an overall regulatory framework for Artificial Intelligence in Education
  • Create effective public-private partnerships
  • Ensure that all students and teachers have access to the latest technology
  • Expand AI literacy efforts
  • Attempt to correct algorithmic biases and the resulting discrimination
  • Improve public trust in Artificial Intelligence
  • Request the private sector to better involve students and educationists in developing AI products
  • Place ownership of data with the students
  • Embrace the versatility of Artificial Intelligence in Education systems

The substance of the Report has been developed by an expert team of researchers under the guidance of the UNESCO New Delhi Office.  The Office extends its gratitude to Intel India and Vantage for their timely support and cooperation.

To illustrate the report, the following audio-visual package is also available free of copyright:

  1. Summary video underlining the recommendations of the Report
  2. Words from the Author
  3. Thematic videos:
    1. Creating effective public-private partnerships
    2. Ensuring that all students have access to Artificial Intelligence
    3. Correcting algorithmic biases and the resulting discrimination
    4. Improving public’s trust in Artificial Intelligence
    5. AI projects by Students

The Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Learning project builds on the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence that was adopted at the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference.

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About UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences, and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

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Shikshak Parv 2022 inaugurated

Ministers of State for Education, Smt. Annpurna Devi, Dr.Subhash Sarkar and Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh inaugurate Shikshak Parv 2022

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Ministers of State for Education, Smt. Annpurna Devi, Dr. Subhas Sarkar, and Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh jointly inaugurated Shikshak Parv 2022.

Shikshak Parv is being celebrated to felicitate the Teachers and to take National Education Policy 2020 forward. The beginning of Shikshak Parv was marked by an inaugural conclave organised by the Ministry of Education, CBSE, AICTE, and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in New Delhi.

The Minister of State for Education, Smt. Annpurna Devi addressing on the occasion of Shikshak Parv 2022, in New Delhi on September 06, 2022.

While addressing the gathering Smt Annpurna Devi said that the teachers are looked upon as role models by children and they play an important role in shaping students’ characters and building a value-based society.

She further said that National Education Policy 2020 is a key initiative to help realise Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Panch Pran vision of a developed India by 2047.

She said that the Government of India is laying emphasis on teachers through its various schemes. Central schemes like Samagra Shiksha and PM-Poshan are aligned with the recommendations of NEP 2020. Under NEP 2020, teachers will have to work on the future action plan as per the concept of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Strong cooperation and coordination of a teacher is the key and inspiration for building the skills and character of the students, she added.

The Minister of State for External Affairs and Education, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh addressing on the occasion of Shikshak Parv 2022, in New Delhi on September 06, 2022.

Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh lauded the efforts of the entire fraternity and emphasised the implementation of NEP 2020. He further said that the teachers whether in schools or in higher education share a common goal and the objective of such honours was to recognize teaching distinction, best practices, academic leadership, and institution building.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar addressing on the occasion of Shikshak Parv 2022, in New Delhi on September 06, 2022.

Speaking on the occasion Minister of State Dr. Subhas Sarkar spoke about the National Teachers’ Day award and said that the interaction of recipient teachers with the Prime Minister has further motivated them and they will become true messengers and brand ambassadors of “Shikshit Bharat & Viksit Bharat.”

He also spoke about the PM SHRI schools initiatives announced yesterday by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, calling it a historic decision that will have a long-term impact on the education system. He appreciated the role of teachers in the lives of students and said that it is not only the students’ duty to obey the teacher but it is the duty of the teachers to review the needs of the learner. He also said that the National Education Policy 2020 is strengthening and making our education system more self-reliant.

Ministers presented the “CBSE Honour for Excellence in Teaching and School Leadership 2021-22 awards” to 19 Principals and Teachers from CBSE-affiliated schools. These awardees were selected on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments, contribution to the community, innovative teaching practices, impact on comprehensive growth of students, and an interview with the national-level screening-cum-selection committee.

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They also conferred AICTE’s National Technical Teachers Award 2022 to 14 faculty members including a supernumerary award in the PWD/ Divyang category selected after a rigorous, comprehensive, and three-phase evaluation by a team of distinguished experts, these 14 awardees have been selected from AICTE approved institutions in India.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) instituted the National Technical Teachers Award (NTTA) to identify and felicitate extraordinary teachers, teaching excellence, institutional leadership, innovativeness, and creativity.

Following innovative initiatives taken by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship were also launched:

  • Handbook for Early Detection of Mental Health issues in school-going children – This is a comprehensive handbook for hands-on training of teachers, counselors, and other stakeholders. The modular handbook evolved with several deliberations taken up by a committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Sr. Mental Health and Life Skills Expert.
  • Report on National Mental Health Survey – The Mental Health and Well-being of School Students — A Survey was conducted by Manodarpan Cell, DEPFE, NCERT between January-March, 2022 on 3,79,842 students from 36 States/UTs. The survey explores the perception of students from classes 6 to 12 on their mental health and well-being. Findings from the survey revealed that the majority of the students commonly experienced happiness and expressed satisfaction with school life, which declined as students moved to the secondary stage. Studies, examinations, and results were reported by students as causing anxiety. Yoga and meditation attempt to shift the way they think and writing journals were reported as frequently adopted strategies by students for coping with stress.
  • National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Study report- National Education Policy (2020) gives paramount importance to the ability to read and write, and perform basic operations with numbers at the foundational level as it is an indispensable prerequisite for all future schooling and lifelong learning.  Attaining foundational literacy and numeracy for all children has thus become a national mission, under the NIPUN (National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy) Bharat. The FLN Mission aims to ensure that all the children by the end of Grade 3 achieve foundational learning standards by the year 2026-27.

    Foundational Learning Study covered approximately 86,000 grade 3 students from 10,000 schools. The Study sample included state government schools, government-aided schools, and private recognised and central government schools. More than 18,000 teachers participated in the research.  FLS was conducted in 20 languages which are being used as a medium of instruction in respective states/UTs. The Study assessed learning competencies at the foundational stage in the children and the findings will be used to plan systematic interventions. The study is quite unique as it is the first time in the entire world that oral reading fluency with comprehension and numeracy benchmarks based on Global Proficiency Framework is set for 20 languages with the largest sample ever for one-on-one basis assessment.

  • Screening Tools Mobile App for Specific Learning Disabilities and Glossary – A Disability Screening Checklist for Schools’ mobile app and booklet has been launched. Prashast covers 21 disabilities, including the benchmark disabilities as per the RPwD Act 2016. This initiative will facilitate early screening, leading to certification of children with disabilities, as per the provisions of Samagar ShikshaThe Prashast mobile app can be downloaded from the android play store. This app has been designed by NCERT with the support of a National Awardee School Teacher from Alwar, Rajasthan (Mr. Imran Khan).
  • Launch of Toy-based Pedagogy – The handbook for Toy-based Pedagogy has been designed to promote the integration of indigenous toys and its pedagogy into the curriculum of School Education, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Teacher Education. Mapping of skills, competencies, and learning outcomes with a variety of toys and games across the stages- foundational, preparatory, middle, and secondary will help teachers to select or create age-appropriate toys for transacting different concepts in an integrated manner.
  • Handbook Shiksha Shabdkosh – The Department of School Education & Literacy has prepared a comprehensive Glossary of important terminologies in the area of School Education entitled Shiksha Shabdkosh. The Shabdkosh or Dictionary includes terms and references which are widely used by educationists, educational administrators, teachers, examiners, etc.

In addition to the above, the following two publications prepared by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship were also launched on the occasion:

  • Employability Skills Curriculum –The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) revamped the curriculum on employability skills in association with Quest Alliance, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and various other curriculum bodies within the MSDE ecosystem. More than 2.5 million students from over 15,600 government and private Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) will benefit from the program which includes a revamped and expanded 120-hour curriculum in Hindi and English.  Some of the modules include an introduction to employability skills, digital skills, citizenship, diversity and inclusion, career development and goal setting, getting ready for work, and entrepreneurship. Variants of the curriculum of 30, 60, and 90-hour duration are also being launched for both long-term and short-term courses.

    The curriculum will provide three key benefits to learners: building a self-learning mindset, becoming career-ready in a post-pandemic world, developing awareness around new careers, and being equipped with 21st-century skills. It will also help educators to upgrade their skills for new-age classrooms and familiarize themselves with blended learning models. While physical books covering the revamped curriculum are being released now, digital copies for blended learning will be available soon.

    A facilitator guide will be provided to trainers so that they can teach the revamped curriculum using a blended learning module. A digital version of the student workbook is available on the Bharat Skills portal and Employability Skills portal. Additionally, MSDE and National Instructional Media Institute (NIMI) plan to publish these books for use by the state departments.

  •  One-click registration for IGNOU and NIOS courses for ITI candidates- MSDE signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to facilitate vertical mobility of ITI trainees enabling them to get 10th/12th certificate or pursue a degree programme, as per their need. A trainee can enroll in the NIOS programme of his choice by taking up an additional language course. The trainee is awarded a certificate which is equivalent to 10th or 12th, as the case may be, after completion of a course from NIOS. Similarly, the 12th pass ITI trainees can enroll in degree level programme from IGNOU. IGNOU has also recognized two-year NTC (after 10th standard), covering four subjects, as equivalent to 10+2 level for the purpose of direct admission to its undergraduate programmes.

In order to ease the process and facilitate seamless registration of ITI trainees for NIOS, IGNOU, and Apprenticeship, a One-Click solution has been provided through the trainee profile page on the DGTMIS portal of DGT. The DGTMIS portal has been integrated with NIOS, IGNOU and Apprenticeship portals through a two-way API.

A trainee has the option to register through the NCVTMIS portal or the individual portals of NIOS, IGNOU, or Apprenticeship. The trainee accesses his profile through the Trainee Profile page by entering his ITI Roll No., Father Name, and Date of Birth. The trainee is shown the option for registration to NIOS/IGNOU/Apprenticeship based on his academic qualification. He can select the option of his choice and register for the programme with a single click.

The Secretary School Education and Literacy, Smt Anita Karwal: Secretary, Higher Education, Shri Sanjay Murthy; Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Education, Shri Rajesh Aggarwal; Chairperson CBSE; Chairperson AICTE along with senior officers from the concerned ministries, departments were also present.

 

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PM interacts with winners of National Awards to Teachers

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On the occasion of Teacher’s day, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the winners of the National Awards to Teachers in New Delhi.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister paid homage to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He also reminded the teachers that it is all the more important to be felicitated by the current President of India who is also a teacher and has taught in far-flung places of Odisha. “Today, when the country has started fulfilling its colossal dreams of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Sarvepalli  Radhakrishnan’s efforts in the field of education inspire all of us. On this occasion, I congratulate all the teachers who received the National Award”, the Prime Minister added.

PM interacting with winners of National Awards to Teachers on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in New Delhi on September 05, 2022.

The Prime Minister highlighted the knowledge and dedication of teachers and pointed out that their biggest quality is a positive outlook that enables them to work with students relentlessly for their improvement. “The role of a teacher is to show the light to a person, and it is them who sow the dreams and teach them to turn the dreams into resolve”, he added.

State and destiny of India of 2047, the Prime Minister said, is dependent on the students of today and their future is being shaped by the teachers of today, therefore “you are helping the students in shaping their lives and also giving form to the contours of the country”, he said. The Prime Minister said that when a teacher becomes associated with the dreams of the student, he achieves success in getting their respect and affection.

The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of removing conflict and contradictions in the various areas of the lives of the students. He said it is important that there is no conflict in what a student experiences in school, society, and at home. He emphasised the need for an integrated approach by the teachers and partners with the families of the students to nurture the students. He also advised against having likes and dislikes for the students and treating every student equally.

PM with winners of National Awards to Teachers on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in New Delhi on September 05, 2022.

Highlighting the appreciation received by the National Education Policy, the Prime Minister said that it is a step in the right direction. Emphasising the need to go through the National Educational Policy more than once, the Prime Minister gave the analogy of Mahatma Gandhi where he read the Bhagavad Gita again and again, and each time he found a new meaning.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to imbibe the National Educational Policy in such a way that this government document turns into the basis of the student’s lives. He said, “Teachers played a major role in the formulation of the Policy.” He also stressed that the teachers have a monumental role to play in the implementation of the National Educational Policy.

The Prime Minister recalled his Independence Day proclamation of ‘Panch Pran’ and suggested that these Panch Prans may be discussed regularly in the schools so that their spirit is clear to the students. These resolutions are being appreciated as a way for the progress of the nation and we need to find a way to communicate them to the children and students, he said.

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The Prime Minister said, “There should be no student in the entire country who does not have a dream for 2047”. He said that there is a need to recreate the spirit that engulfed the nation during the years between Dandi Yatra and Quit India

Remarking on India’s achievement of surpassing the United Kingdom to become the 5th largest economy in the world, the Prime Minister said that the pleasure of surpassing those who ruled over India for approximately 250 years supersedes the mere statistics of improved ranking from 6th largest to 5th largest economy.

The Prime Minister highlighted the spirit of the Tiranga which led to India achieving new heights in the world of today. “This spirit is essential today”, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister urged everyone to ignite the same spirit of living, toiling, and dying for the country as seen from 1930 to 1942 when every Indian was fighting the British for independence.

“I will not let my country stay behind”, the Prime Minister remarked. “We have broken the shackles of thousands of years of slavery, and now we will not stop now. We will only move forward”, the Prime Minister reiterated. While concluding his address, the Prime Minister urged the teachers of the country to assimilate a similar spirit into the future of India so that its strength grows manifold.

Union Minister of Education, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and Minister of State for Education, Smt Annapurna Devi were those present on occasion.

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The purpose of the National Awards to Teachers is to celebrate and honour the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country, who through their commitment and hard work have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.

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The National Awards to Teachers accords public recognition to meritorious teachers working in elementary and secondary schools. For the award this year, 45 teachers from across the country have been selected through a rigorous and transparent online three-stage process.

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President of India confers National Awards on Teachers

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, conferred National Awards on 45 teachers from across the country at a function held at Vigyan Bhavan on the occasion of Teachers’ Day

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Speaking on the occasion, the President remembered her teachers and said that they not only taught her but also gave her love and inspiration. On the strength of the guidance of her family and teachers, she became the first daughter of her village to attend college. She said that she always feels indebted to her teachers for whatever she has achieved in life.

The President said that science, research, and innovation are the basis of development in today’s knowledge economy. The foundation stone for further strengthening India’s position in these areas will be built through school education.

She said that, in her view, the development of original talent in science, literature, or the social sciences can be more effective through the mother tongue. It is our mothers who teach us the art of living in our early lives. That is why the mother tongue is helpful in developing natural talent. After the mother, the teachers carry forward our education in our lives. If teachers also teach in their mother tongue, then students can develop their talent with ease.

That is why in the National Education Policy 2020, emphasise has been laid on the use of Indian languages for school education and higher education.

The President said that it is the responsibility of teachers to generate interest in science and research among their students. Good teachers can make complex principles easy to explain with the help of living examples that exist in nature.

She quoted a famous saying about teachers and said “the mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains; the superior teacher demonstrates, and the great teacher inspires.” She said that an ideal teacher has all four qualities. Such ideal teachers build a nation in the true sense by building the lives of the students.

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The President urged teachers to encourage the habit of asking questions and expressing doubts in the students. She said that by answering more and more questions and solving doubts, their knowledge would also increase. A good teacher is always enthusiastic about learning something new.

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PM announces PM-SHRI Yojana

Development and Upgradation of 14,500 schools across India under the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana

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On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has announced the development and upgradation of 14,500 schools across India under the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana.

The PM-SHRI schools will have a modern, transformational and holistic method of imparting education. Shri Modi said he is confident that the PM-SHRI schools will further benefit lakhs of students across India in the spirit of NEP.

The Prime Minister tweeted:

“Today, on #TeachersDay I am glad to announce a new initiative – the development and upgradation of 14,500 schools across India under the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana. These will become model schools which will encapsulate the full spirit of NEP.”

“The PM-SHRI schools will have a modern, transformational, holistic method of imparting education. Emphasis will be on a discovery-oriented, learning-centric way of teaching. The focus will also be on modern infra including the latest technology, smart classrooms, sports, and more.”

“The National Education Policy has transformed the education sector in recent years. I am certain that the PM-SHRI schools will further benefit lakhs of students across India in the spirit of NEP.”

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First Virtual School of India

“India can’t become the world’s top nation until every Indian child is accorded the best education,” said Kejriwal.

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The opening of the first virtual education platform named, Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS). It was announced by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Affiliated with the Delhi Board of School Education, it would be successful for the dropout students and career-oriented girls said CM. DMVS will have classes for IX to XII, currently, only the admissions for class IX will be open.

DMVS is based on the same concept which was followed by schools during covid-19 i.e. the virtual method. Children from across the country can get educated whether it is in city or a village. Parents who don’t want to send their daughters and children away for further education can enroll in this school for completion of their studies. Also, this institution is helpful for those children who opt for labor jobs due to lack of facilities in their areas. “India can’t become the world’s top nation until every Indian child is accorded the best education,” said Kejriwal.

According to Kejriwal, all classes will be online in this school. There will be recorded sessions as well for those who couldn’t attend the live sessions for various reasons that they can cover up in their free time. Every student will be assigned an ID and Password to access the online classes and recorded videos with the supplementary study material and get access to a digital library with 24/7 available content.

Youngsters aged 13-18 who have completed their schooling till VIII from a recognized school can apply for admissions in DMVS free of cost as no school fees would be charged. Kejriwal states that 75 years have already been wasted so we have to take this revolutionary step to ensure that every child gets the best education as soon as possible.

The school platform has been created by Google and School net India where the tracking of attendance system is inbuilt. And teachers are specially trained for such type of teaching. There will be computer-based exams at designated schools in Delhi, with preparation for competitive exams.

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52000 Indian teachers to take Oath on Teachers’ Day

Thousands of school teachers will participate in the oath-taking ceremony to be held simultaneously at multiple locations on 5th September at 11 am.

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Over 52,000 teachers from all over India will be participating in a unique Teacher’s Oath Taking ceremony on the 5th of September.

This initiative is led by the Early Childhood Association and the Association for Primary Education and Research,  with the vision to help teachers feel proud and committed to their work and mission.

Teaching is the most humble profession and during the pandemic, teachers contributed the most but were not given their due recognition due to which many teachers are not feeling respected. Many also feel that professionalism is lacking in the field and that is why ECA-APER decided to create a Teacher’s Oath that will help teachers feel more professional, committed, and involved.

Dr. Swati Popat Vats President of ECA says, “An oath is a solemn promise regarding one’s future action or behaviour. This is the reason nearly all professions have oaths, they use words as a binding contract to hold them accountable for their ethical actions, behaviour, and ultimate decisions. We felt that the teaching profession lacked an oath-taking ceremony and thus decided to design  an oath that both new and experienced teachers can take and feel the sense of commitment and belonging  to the profession.”

Harsha Ramaiya, National Core Committee member says, “ We wanted teachers from all kinds of schools to participate and feel like a community and thus the oath is available in seven different languages so that language is not a barrier.”

Hundreds of schools have prepared their teachers to participate in the oath-taking ceremony to be held simultaneously on 5th September at around 11 am.

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It will be a humbling start to a new tradition in the teaching profession and bring about a sense of professionalism and pride in teachers.

The Educators Oath

I _____________ hereby solemnly promise

To take care of my wellbeing

and the wellbeing of my students.

I promise to embrace

ethical practices in my teaching.

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I promise never to be partial to any student.

I respect diversity and will be

sensitive to the needs of all my students.

Inclusion is a right that I

will always uphold for my students.

Respect for nature and every living

being will be a part of my lesson planning

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I will be a green ambassador for our earth.

Learning is the right of every child

and I will uphold this right and

ensure that no child is left behind.

My student’s growth, safety,

wellbeing, and learning will be my goal.

Here we are sharing the Oath in a few Indian languages:

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