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Indore Rural Schools plant trees as boundaries around the school

Indore Rural Schools plant trees as boundaries around the school to make an eco-friendly environment

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In rural Indore,  the issue of school boundary walls has been a major concern for several years. To put an end to the problem, the district administration (rural development) and school education department are planning to grow green bushes around 947 government schools. This unique initiative will provide green boundaries and fresh air to the rural Indore schools which include Mhow, Depalpur and Sanwer. The ploughing around the schools have started and the bushes will be planted with the onset of rains.

The idea is also an attempt to create an eco-friendly environment for the kids and give a message of protecting and planting trees and understand their importance.

"The kids studying in the schools will also and will also be taught to grow and take care of the plants" said the department officials.

Speaking about the initiative, district collector P Narahari said, "The idea of growing green bushes around govt schools came after a number of discussions with experts and education department officials. The expense of constructing boundary walls was too high because of the large number of schools."

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"We are in the initial process of this initiative, the bushes will be planted in the rainy season," he added.

The entire process is being monitored by the district project officer who will be reporting to the Zila Panchayat CEO and the collector.

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Secretary Education and Chairperson CBSE interacts with CBSE School Principals on NEP 2020 Implementation

More than 250 Principals from Delhi and NCR region were present for the event

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Sh. Sanjay Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy interacted with the Principals of CBSE-affiliated schools on 1st June 2023 in the capital. He was joined by Smt. Nidhi Chhibber, IAS Chairperson CBSE. Principals from across India and abroad joined live interaction through the CBSE YouTube channel while more than 250 Principals from Delhi and NCR region were physically present.

Setting the context of the interaction, Smt Nidhi Chhibber chairperson of CBSE said “As NEP 2020 was launched almost three years ago; it was desirable to know the school experiences to create a wholesome learning environment.” Citing real-life examples of Art integrated activities, project-based assessments, experiential learning, and fostering 21st-century skills in most of the CBSE schools, the chairperson said the schools play an important role in maintaining the educational ecosystem by transforming and keeping abreast with changes. CBSE schools are playing an important role in strengthening the objectives of NEP 2020 by adapting and adopting the objectives underlined in the policy.

Sh. Sanjay Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy expanded on the subject further and discussed the challenges of basic minimum proficiency to be attained by cohorts and enabling students to make informed choices based on interest and aptitude. He emphasized academic and skill subjects’ integration with long-term benefits to students and preparing them for the world of work and making them future-ready.

Senior officers of the Department of School Education & Literacy had focused interactions on:

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  • Introduction of NCF-FS, (Foundational Skills),
  • Progress on the Implementation of the School Quality Assessment and Assurance Framework (SQAAF) for adherence to quality standards for accomplishing individual and institutional excellence
  • Structured Assessment for Analyzing Learning (SAFAL: Conducting Key Stage Assessments in classes 3,5 and 8 to track achievement in core concepts & knowledge, higher order skills & their application in real-life situations)
  • Holistic Progress Card (HPC: (Redesigning Report Cards to assess the holistic development of each child with a 360-degree multidimensional report that reflects progress in different domains as well as the uniqueness of each learner).
  • RTE Act to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to quality education. The provision helps to reduce the gap between the educational opportunities available to children from different social and economic backgrounds besides promoting social inclusion and diversity in schools. The schools on their behalf affirmed the Implementation of the RTE Act.
  • Redefining Competency-Focused Teaching, Learning & Assessment Learning Goals, and Pedagogy
  • The need for Capacity Building of teachers for effective NEP 2020 Implementation.

The 4th G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) will hold JANBHAGIDARI EVENTS from 1st to 15th June 2023 on the theme: Ensuring Foundation Literacy and Numeracy, especially in the context of blended learning. The district-level activities will be led by KVs and JNVs while the State level Conference on FLN will be held between 1-15 June 2023 in all states/UTs led by CBSE.

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Pathways School Gurgaon Successfully Hosts Festival of HOPE in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB)

The festival saw 38 schools pan India, creating a vibrant platform for impactful dialogues and inspiring action

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Pathways School Gurgaon, in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate (IB), successfully hosted the Festival of HOPE, a ground-breaking event aimed at igniting young minds for a better world. The festival, which took place on May 29, 2023, brought together students from 38 schools pan India, creating a vibrant platform for impactful dialogues and inspiring action.

Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj, the School Director of Pathways School Gurgaon, provided valuable guidance and support throughout the Festival of HOPE. His leadership and commitment to education were instrumental in creating an environment that encouraged students to explore their potential and contribute to building a better future. Acknowledging the presence of dignitaries on the school campus, he thanked all the participants and attendees stating, “It is indeed an honour for Pathways School Gurgaon to be among the two schools in Asia Pacific to host the Festival of HOPE in the presence distinguished guests, Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the International Baccalaureate, Mat Costello, Chief Business officer IBO. Nicole Bien, Chief Schools Officer IBO, and Mr. Mahesh Balakrishnan, Development and Recognition Manager, India and Nepal IBO. Their presence elevated the event to new heights, inspiring all of us to dream bigger and aim higher.”

The Festival of HOPE, hosted by the IB for the first time in India, witnessed overwhelming participation at Pathways School Gurgaon. The event featured a combination of in-person workshops, exhibitions, and engaging sessions that empowered students to express their views, share ideas, and take meaningful action for a better world.

Pathways School Gurgaon’s dedication to the success of the Festival of HOPE was evident as the event featured captivating sessions and thought-provoking dialogues, leaving a lasting impact on attendees. The “Hope Path Dialogues” showcased inspiring speakers who sparked meaningful conversations among the young attendees. Additionally, interactive performances provided transformative learning experiences, sharing valuable life lessons from around the world. The festival also included engaging panel discussions on topics like climate change, justice, equity, identity, belonging, and spiritual well-being.

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One of the highlights of the festival was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Haryana School Education Board (BSEH) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). This momentous agreement was signed by the Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar and Director General International Baccalaureate, Olli Pekka Heinonen. Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar stated, “this MOU will ensure that teachers have access to international-level training from the IB, enhancing the quality of education and providing students with a world-class learning experience.” Mahesh Balakrishnan, Development and Recognition Manager, India and Nepal IBO, played a significant role in coordinating and overseeing this collaboration.

Pathways School Gurgaon, in partnership with the International Baccalaureate, remains committed to expanding the reach of their educational programs in India, investing heavily in initiatives that empower students and promote a brighter future.

About Pathways School Gurgaon: Pathways School Gurgaon, is a renowned educational institution in the NCR Delhi, that is committed to providing a holistic and international standard of education to its students. Pathways School Gurgaon is a leading educational powerhouse, holding prestigious accreditations from NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools). It offers the esteemed IB Continuum programme, encompassing the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career Related Programme (CP). With a crisp focus on critical thinking, creativity, and global citizenship, Pathways School Gurgaon equips students with a transformative education that prepares them to excel in an interconnected world.

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CuriousJr Empowers More Than 750 School Children In Madhya Pradesh To Learn To Code And Create Apps Through Mobile Devices

CuriousJr strives to bridge this gap, providing access to coding education to people across the country

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CuriousJr, India’s pioneering mobile-based coding platform for K12 students, has successfully enabled students from various locations in Madhya Pradesh, including Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, and Jabalpur, to acquire coding skills and develop a diverse range of apps on their mobile phones.The platform has till now enabled more than 750 school students of Madhya Pradesh mostly hailing from the remote areas of the state.

In today’s digital era, coding has become an indispensable skill, and CuriousJr is dedicated to making it accessible to all. With its user-friendly interface and interactive learning modules, the app/platform caters to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Mridul Ranjan Sahu, Co-founder, and CEO of Curious Jr, expressed, “Our core objective has consistently been to democratize coding education and guarantee its availability to a wide range of students. We are delighted by the students in Madhya Pradesh who have enthusiastically embraced our platform, honed their coding skills, and unleashed their creative potential to develop groundbreaking applications. Our ultimate aim is to ignite a passion for coding in more students and motivate them to pursue careers in the dynamic field of technology.”

CuriousJr’s initiative has provided an opportunity for school children in Madhya Pradesh, who possess a passion for coding but lack access to laptops, to learn coding and develop their own apps using smartphones. Through this initiative, students have gained valuable problem-solving and critical-thinking skills while nurturing their creativity.

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A student from Bhopal, Anurag Sharma, shared his experience, saying, “My journey with CuriousJr over the past year has been nothing short of wonderful, offering an incredible learning experience. It has made coding an engaging and captivating process for me. I have discovered a whole new world of possibilities and found coding to be remarkably intriguing. I am immensely grateful to CuriousJr for providing me with such an enriching experience!”

CuriousJr’s efforts in Madhya Pradesh mark just the beginning of its mission to make coding accessible to all, regardless of their geographical or socioeconomic background. The app/platform continually enhances its features and expands its reach to enable more students to learn to code and develop invaluable skills for the future.

CuriousJr aims to enable students without access to laptops to learn coding on their mobile devices, considering that 88% of K12 students in India lack laptop accessibility. The team envisions and innovates coding for small displays, empowering students to study and code on mobile devices. The COVID lockdown raised awareness about coding, leading the government to make it a mandatory subject in the school curriculum. However, the majority of users and schools still lack access to laptops or desktop computers, posing a challenge for mobile-based code learning. CuriousJr strives to bridge this gap, providing access to coding education to people across the country.

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Indian Army Helps Construction of School for Blind

In the year 2021, Phase I of the project was executed by constructing the blind school building

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To empower visually challenged children living in remote areas of Assam, Gajraj Corps from Indian Army has helped the construction of a school for blind children at Vill Khatkati in district East Karbi Anglong in a phased manner.

In the year 2021, Phase I of the project was executed by constructing the blind school building. This year, Indian Army as part of Phase II of the project has constructed another building which caters for additional classrooms and administrative setup towards enhancing the overall functionalities.

As part of ‘Operation SADBHAVANA’ Gajraj Corps of Indian Army has been undertaking multifarious projects in under developed areas of Assam with an aim of providing humanitarian assistance to the less privileged. The Blind School was eventually dedicated to the nation and handed over to Mrs Madhumita Bhagwati, DC, East Karbi Anglong by Indian Army in presence of civil administration and local populace.

Citizens from nearby villages gathered in large numbers on the occasion and conveyed their appreciation to the Indian Army for construction of the school building. Which was done after taking local aspirations into consideration. Mr Babu Bongong, Gaon Bura of Khatkati Village and  Christopher Prince Fernandes, President United International Mission conveyed populace’s content and expressed their gratitude to the Indian Army besides lauding the efforts made by Army towards the onerous task of guarding the borders as well as undertaking efforts to mitigate sufferings of people and improving quality of life of the deprived and physically challenged children of North East states of our Country.

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Transforming Education through Mann Ki Baat

Mann ki Baat has impacted all sections of the society, who have been inspired to contribute towards fulfilling the great goals he has set before the nation

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Mann ki Baat, started on 3rd October 2014 is a very popular programme of the Prime Minister of India which has completed 100 episodes in the last nine years where he has raised hundreds of varied issues for making the country better. All these issues are based on deep and sound researches, feedback from various stakeholders and practitioners from the length and breadth of the country. Through Mann ki Baat he brought the concerns, including various educational aspects before the country with facts and figures and received tremendous response from the public each time. It has impacted all sections of the society, who have been inspired to contribute towards fulfilling the great goals he has set before the nation. On 30th April, 2023  the 100th episode of the Mann ki Baat  took place and at this juncture, the glimpses of the numerous initiatives of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India and it’s various autonomous institutions highlight the impact the programme has on Indian education system.

MoE undertook several initiatives such as identifying young artistic talents through Kala Utsav, programmes for Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, National Yoga Olympiad, encouraging Toy-based Pedagogy for schools to promote traditional Indian toys and games, Pariksha pe Charcha, NIPUN Bharat for early Literacy and Numeracy, National Digital Library for schools, NDEAR for digital education, Manodarpan and Sahyog, PM e-Vidya, SWAYAMPRABHA channels and many more. Academicians and professors of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) too were inspired by many of the ideas that the Prime Minister brought to the notice of academia. It took several initiatives to give them a tangible form.

In the sixty-sixth episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister gave a call to promote its traditional games and toys, and expressed his concern about the toy industry’s quality and the children’s health issues caused by cheap toys (made of plastic) pouring the market from unorganized sources. In the previous episodes of June and July 2020, he had already talked about being Vocal for Local and discovering ways to be engaged at home during the national lockdown through traditional games. National Education Policy 2020 too emphasized upon the joyful learning. These were taken very seriously by the Ministry of Education and within two years, through toy based pedagogy the message to promote Indian toys has reached every household. Giving space to the traditional toys in the school system, the National Curriculum Framework for Foundational stage and the Draft National Curriculum Framework for School Education, the learning-teaching materials for Foundational stage, the Handbook of Toy based Pedagogy for all stages and subjects of school education, organizing International Webinar, national and regional seminars and webinar, toy hackathon, national toy fair for school education, including a separate category of Indigenous Toys and Games in Kala Utsav from 2020 where two hundred boys and girls participated, embedding training modules in NISHTHA for Foundational and Secondary stages where more than 21 Lakh teachers have taken the module of Toy based Pedagogy are some of the significant initiatives undertaken by the NCERT and other institutions in school education and as a result of his vision for incorporating traditional Indian games and toys into the classroom for school activities the idea has penetrated into the system.

In many of his episodes of Mann ki Baat, the Prime Minister narrated the tradition of practicing yoga for mental, physical and spiritual health from ancient times, and declaring 21st June as International Yoga Day on that day in 2015 at the UN General Assembly, made the academia think of various ways to make it a part of practice for all students of the country. The Ministry of Education proposed the National Yoga Olympiad for schools under different age groups and the NCERT has been organizing this 3-day national event from 2016 onwards. For three years, the event could not take place due to COVID-19, and online Quiz had been organized instead. Hundreds of students from in the age groups of 10-18 years (Class VI-XII) reach the National level starting from school, district and state level competitions. So far, more than sixteen hundred students have participated. Thus, a very large number of schools and students take part in the different levels of event. This is the impact which Mann ki Baat has upon the people.

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Mental Health and Well-Being of his people, specially children has always been a concern of the Prime Minister and he raised several issues through Mann ki Baat about the stress, pressure of examination, peer and parental pressure, all related to mental health of students. This has made several recommendations and initiatives by the Ministry including very effective programmes of Pariksha pe Charcha and Manodarpan. While Pariksha pe Charcha is an annual event where he address the students to overcome the examination stress, there are several activities under the Manodarpan since July 2020 to provide psychosocial support to students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional well-being during COVID-19 and beyond. There is a 24×7 helpline for students, parents and teachers to address the rising mental health concerns of students’ well-being and promote mental health in the school system as a whole. The webpage of Manodarpan contains advisory and guidelines for students, parents and teachers, Directory of counsellors (approximately 350 counsellors, both school and college/university level) along with other support materials. Regular weekly online interactive sessions are organized and a mental health survey has been conducted to know find out the status of mental health of the students and teachers and the issues faced by them.

There have been several nation-wide digital educational programmes, specially during the COVID-19 period by the Government of India through several national educational institutes such as NCERT, CBSE, UGC, IGNOU and NIOS, etc. Maximum use of technology contributed towards fulfilling quality and universal education through programmes like NISHTHA, e-pathshala, NROER, NIPUN Bharat Abhiyan, PM e-Vidya, SWAYAMPRABHA, DIKSHA etc. to support the uninterrupted education of crores of children. Analysis of the daily rising hits show the popularity of the programmes and their outreach. These have been very supportive and several studies have been conducted of its effectiveness by NCERT. A study was conducted by RIE, Mysuru where student-teachers were included who will become the future teachers and teacher educators, whose opinions therefore play a significant role in utilizing the digital resources. The study says that 77% of the student–teachers are aware of PM-Mann Ki Baat, and they find this program useful in teaching, training and subject content as well. The study also shows that percentage of the student-teachers’ awareness is 81% for e-pathshala, 78% for DIKSHA, 78% for SWAYAM, 52% for NISHTHA, 38% for NROER and only 36% for SWAYAM Prabha. NIPUN Bharat Mission has proved to be an effective teaching methodology after the New Education Policy 2020 and various initiatives have been taken up the NCERT under the guidance of Ministry of Education.

Some of the initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Education and the NCERT have been studied by the faculty members, and a special issue of Indian Educational Review (IER), one of the prestigious journals of NCERT, April 2023 has been brought out highlighting the impact of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, having ten research papers, three in English, two each in Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada, and one is in Odia.

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Students from 28 MCGM Schools in Mumbai showcase technology-based artefacts

In the event, 23 projects were created by 75 secondary school students, on a wide-range of topics
related to secondary school STEM curriculum

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On 26 th April, students from 28 MCGM schools from the M-Ward (Chembur, Govandi, and
Tilak Nagar) in Mumbai, showcased STEM-based artefacts related to their curriculum, that
they created using various tech-based resources and programs, at the “TELTA21 Mela”
event. The event was conducted at Shivaji Nagar Municipal School number-2, Govandi
(West). 23 projects were created by 75 secondary school students, on a wide-range of topics
related to secondary school STEM curriculum. The event was organised by the TELTA21
(Technology Enabled Learning for Teachers; Adolescents of the 21st century) project,
which is a collaborative effort by the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) at
the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and Capgemini.

Teachers, school principals, and parents of students from schools all over the M-ward
attended the event to witness the presentation of multimedia projects by students on a wide
range of topics such as AQI, BMI, Force and Electricity, Submarines and automobiles,
Gravity etc. which were created using a variety of technological resources. In addition to the
presentations, digital badges and certificates were given to the students and schools who had
successfully participated in the initiative, and had created projects for the event.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Vijay Jadhav, Administrative Officer M-East-Ward, along
with Mr. Anurag Pratap, Vice President and CSR Leader, Capgemini, and Dr. Amina
Charania, Associate Professor, TISS and Lead of the TELTA-21 Project, Mrs. Asha More,
Deputy Education Officer (PPP-Cell), and Dr. Mythili Ramchand, Co-Chairperson, CETE,
TISS interacted with the students and provided encouragement and feedback regarding the
projects created.

Mrs. Asha More, Deputy Education Officer (PPP-Cell) said, “From my interactions with the
students, it is clear that the initiative has sparked the curiosity of the students, which has led
to them research their topics in detail. I feel this initiative will help students in their further
studies, and will unearth the inner scientist that is hidden inside them.”

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Mr. Vijay Jadhav, Administrative Officer, M-East-Ward said, “The projects I saw were
innovative and I was impressed by the community-driven nature of some of the projects. It
was surprising to see students of such young ages present such projects so successfully. All of
us at the BMC Education Dept. are thankful to the TISS for giving an opportunity to students
across the M-Ward to showcase their skills, and hope that we get to see more such projects in
the future.”

The TELTA21 Mela is an annual event that was conceptualized with a view to provide
students across MCGM schools in the M-Ward a platform to showcase their artefacts that
they have worked on throughout the academic year. The event is aimed at creating a common
platform where government officials, teachers, principals, and parents of students can interact
and share ideas, and witness the creative output of the students.

Dr. Amina Charania reflecting on the growth of the event said, “The annual Mela is one of
the most awaited events for the TELTA-21 community, where students showcase their
creative artifacts using digital technologies, situated within the topics from the curriculum,
and their lives. Compared to last year's annual mela, we have seen an increase in students'
confidence, ability to question, reasoning and their agency to create with technology.”

About TELTA21:
The TELTA21 project aims to:
– Provide equitable opportunities to students irrespective of gender and socio-economic status
of the students.
– Enable students to emerge as 21st century learners: producers of ICT resources, who can
undertake authentic and research-based learning with technology and acquire digital agency*
to improve their own life and community wellbeing.
– Prepare teachers to use constructivist teaching-learning with technology (CTLT) in regular
classroom practices, use distance technologies for active collaborative learning to foster
agency and 21st-century skills in adolescents.
– Develop evidence-based implementation maturity-matrix for technology enabled education
for the states to adapt and integrate in their systems at larger scale.

About CETE:
CETE is an independent centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Established
in 2015, the Centre has been engaging with, and promoting innovation in school curriculum,
teacher education and higher education curriculum and pedagogy. CETE is working towards
revitalising the education sector through research, academic programmes, teaching, field
action, policy advocacy, partnerships and collaborations.
The Centre’s flagship action research programme, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx)
(https://clix.tiss.edu), was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the ‘Use of ICTs in
Education’ (2017 edition). CLIx is a collaboration between TISS, MIT and the Tata Trusts.

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About TISS:
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata
Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social
Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it
was declared Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants
Commission Act (UGC), 1956. Since its inception, the vision of the TISS has been to be an
institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social
realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-
centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality,
social justice and human rights for all.

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Delhi Education Minister launches report on arts curriculum for underserved students

The curriculum was launched as a pilot in selected Sarvodaya schools following training for teachers

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Delhi Education Minister Atishi on 18th April 2023, launched Delhi Arts Curriculum report on the innovative arts curriculum developed for students from underserved communities in Delhi. Developed by NalandaWay Foundation, Delhi Arts Curriculum has enabled students aged three to ten to develop specific competencies in five different art forms: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and media arts, as per a press statement issued by the foundation.

In addition, the curriculum also focuses on the development of social-emotional skills, it said.

Himanshu Gupta, Director Education & Sports, Govt of Delhi, said, “The Delhi Arts Curriculum, developed as a means to include arts in the education of all children in Delhi Government schools, has stemmed from the recommendations put forth in the National Education Policy, 2020. The curriculum was launched as a pilot in selected Sarvodaya schools following training for teachers. I have seen the students engage actively in Nalanda Way art classes, exploring the world of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and media arts, and tapping into the artist within…”

“The report titled “Delhi Arts Curriculum: Findings from the Pilot Study”, addresses the need for children to engage in joyful and artistic experiences as a part of mainstream education. Coming at a time when learning loss is a pertinent challenge, the report provides important findings and recommendations to integrate art into the learning and development of every child. We are now working towards exploring the next steps of intervention to ensure the inclusion of arts education in all Delhi Government schools,” he added.

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Sriram V, Founder & CEO, NalandaWay Foundation said, “For us, arts have been a key driver for social change. Three years ago, when we signed the MoU with the Delhi government to introduce an arts curriculum in government schools, we used the opportunity to introduce visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and media arts every day for all ages from all ages 3 to 13 years. At the end of the artful academic year, we were thrilled by the outcomes for children as well as teachers. The arts curriculum led children to appreciate art, learn art skills and improve socioemotional skills- an increase in student attendance, participation, confidence, and social skills was observed; while for the teachers, it led to improved creative confidence in teaching arts.”

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The Hyderabad Public School – Begumpet Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Centenary Summer Camp for School Children

HPS’ alumni base boasts of successful and well-known CXOs who run global corporations or are influencers in their fields.

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The Hyderabad Public School – Begumpet has announced its Centenary Summer Camp for school children, as part of its ongoing Centenary Celebrations. The camp will be held from April 24th to May 20th, 2023. The summer camp was inaugurated by actor Anumolu Sushant as the Chief Guest in presence of the Mr. Gusti Noria, President of The Hyderabad Public School Society, and Principal Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat.

The Centenary Summer Camp aims to provide a unique and engaging learning experience for children, in a safe and fun-filled environment. The camp will offer a range of creative activities, including summer carnival musical play, western dance class, calligraphy, and culinary class. The school’s Olympic standard sports infrastructure will be offered to sports enthusiasts to dive into team sports. Through the Abacus and Vedic math programs, this summer camp will be a unique way to prepare the kids for a new academic session. It will be led by experienced instructors and teachers from HPS, who will ensure that the children receive quality education and care.

This camp intends to expose students to sporting stalwarts, who will inspire them towards higher goals through interaction and mentoring. A series of Special Sessions have been organized with Telangana’s First AFC – a license holder in football Mr. Shyamlam, Relay Olympian and Representative for India in Tokyo Olympics 2021 Mr. Alex Antony, Gold medalist in sports management Mr. Ranadeep Mukherjee, and former Indian cricketer Ms. Diana David.

Vice Principal and Head of Summer Program Ms. Amrita Chandra Raju, said, “As we celebrate our centenary year, we want to offer children a unique learning experience, which is why we have invited renowned sports figures and Olympians to add an element of adventure. The summer camps at HPS have always been a stimulating environment for students to acquire skills like leadership and teamwork. With the new school year around the corner, this is an ideal opportunity for us to nurture our students and foster creativity.”

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The half-day HPS Summer Camp provides a unique opportunity for the imagination, curiosity, and creativity of children to run wild across four enthralling weeks. More than 300 children have registered for the month-long array of interactive educational and creative activities. The summer camp will culminate with a unique exhibit of activities on 20th May at a grand ceremony.

About HPS

Established 100 years ago, The Hyderabad Public School, also known as HPS, has the distinction of being one of the oldest educational institution systems nurturing leaders of tomorrow. The HPS way makes learning the focus instead of teaching, helping it to stay in tune with changing times and delivering top-notch education to its students. What sets HPS apart is its ability to provide an ecosystem for all-round development, incorporating learning methodologies that rely on self-discovery, encourage curiosity and develop value-based leadership and management skills of the students. With a 120-acre campus, state-of-the-art labs, naturally ventilated classrooms, unparalleled sports infrastructure, residential facilities, and best-in-class faculty students, both day and boarding, have access to the best of facilities and teaching staff. Interestingly, Shaheen – the majestic Eagle – is the mascot of the School and is a reflection of the institute’s philosophy to always conduct oneself with dignity and respect and yet soar above the rest.

HPS’ alumni base boasts of successful and well-known CXOs who run global corporations or are influencers in their fields. In 2019, the Harvard Business Review placed three of its alumni among the “Top 10” best-performing CEOs globally. These include Satya Nadella, Shantanu Narayan, and Ajay Pal Banga. The HBR rating is a testimony to HPS having found the secret sauce to creating leaders of tomorrow. Significantly, Mr. Banga was recently nominated for the post of President of the World Bank by US President Joseph R. Biden.  

In 2023, HPS is proudly celebrating its centenary completion and is gearing up to achieve its vision of becoming one of the top schools globally by 2050.

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About HPS Centenary Celebrations: The Centenary Celebrations, which began in January 2023, comprise a year-long series of events for students, staff, parents, and alumni.

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[email protected]; 9603576330

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National Education Policy Will Come To Effect From June Next Year in Pune

Deepak Kesarkar said New Education Policy will implement In Maharashtra State

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State School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar announced on 10th April that the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) in Maharashtra will be implemented from June next year. Also, engineering and medical education will be taught in Marathi in the future.

He said that this decision has been taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that education policy becomes important in the future.

After almost 34 years, the New Education Policy will be implemented in the country, and the new policy will be implemented in the state from the coming academic year.

Many major changes have been made in the education system through the new education policy. The format of school education in the country was till now 10+2. But the new policy does not mention that the class 10 or class 12 exams will be off the board. The 10+2 system of education will be replaced by a new system of 5+3+3+4.

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According to the new pattern, the importance of the board exam will be reduced and the exam will be held in a semester pattern. Presently the board exam is held once a year. But henceforth the examination will be conducted twice a year as per the semester pattern. That is, education from class 9 to class 12 is divided into eight semesters. Kesarkar also mentioned that there is a thought of taking the entrance exam for college admission.

Kesarkar informed that instead of 10+2, now there will be a 5+3+3+4 pattern of education, up to class 5, education will be in the mother tongue, regional or home language, efforts will be made to make pre-primary education of international standard, vocational education will be included from class 6.

Students themselves along with fellow students and teachers will do the assessment, students will be given vocational skills after education, subjects will be allowed for graduation without distinction between arts and sciences, education will be equal in government and private schools and the curriculum of schools and teachers will also be changed, explained Kesarkar.

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CBSE makes changes to Class 10, 12 board exams for 2024

Based on these new guidelines for CBSE Board Exams, students will get more multiple choice question, MCQ’s for the board exams next year, 2024

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Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has revised the board exam pattern for Class 10 and Class 12. Based on these new guidelines for CBSE Board Exams, students will get more multiple-choice question, MCQ’s for the board exams next year, 2024.

Based on an official notice released on April 6, 2023, the new changes have been brought in keeping in mind the recommendations of the National Education Policy, NEP 2020.

The central board had already announced that it would be aligning itself to the vision put forth by NEP 2020 by including more competency-based questions in Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations.

Hence, due to this, CBSE will be giving more competency-based questions to candidates during their board exams. Students would get questions which would be based on real-life applications.

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For Classes 9 and 10, CBSE will be increasing the weightage of the competency-based questions asked. For the academic session of 2022 to 2023, these questions would comprise of 30 percent of the paper. For the Board exams 2024, around 50 percent of the questions would be MCQ based. The competency baaed questions will be asked in the form of MCQs, Case study based or source-based questions

For Classes 11 and 12, for Board Exams 2024, the competency-based questions, in the form of MCQs, Source based or Case study based, would make up 40 percent of the paper.

Constructed response questions (Short Answer Questions/Long Answer type Questions, as per existing pattern) for Classes 9 and 10 would be 30 percent and 40 percent for Classes 11 and 12.

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