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Asha Varma urges preschools to make teachers their biggest investment.

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It was a Monday morning and Puja was in a dilemma. She was almost in tears, as she left for school where she was a preschool teacher. The dilemma was the sudden decision of her mother-in-law to spend the next six months with her younger son who lived in Surat. Puja had to be in school at 8.30 am while her son’s school bus arrived at 8.45. So far, the grandmother had undertaken the responsibility of seeing off the boy when the bus came. Who would do that now? This was the dilemma. She decided to speak to her headmistress, not knowing what to expect. The headmistress heard her out, and assured her that she would think about it. Later that day an arrangement was made. Puja’s co teacher agreed to handle the class alone for 30 minutes, while Puja could come to school after seeing her son off.

In the afternoon the son’s bus passed by Puja’s school. The driver would drop him off and he would play here till Puja was free to go home with him. A new phrase was coined: ‘Break rules, do not break people’. Without being aware of it, the headmistress had made an investment – she had invested in Puja.

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? INVESTING IN TEACHERS? SURPRISING, BECAUSE SCHOOLS INVEST IN:

Infrastructure (some school receptions resemble 5-star lobbies)

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Competitions (glass cupboards full of trophies lining corridor walls)

Italian floor tiles (even if it means slipping in the rain)

Best school awards (a fortune spent on flights and hotel rooms)

Some schools boast of horse-riding (In Mumbai? Where is the space?)

The well-being of teachers, the heartline of a school, is not on the list of priorities. (They are getting salaries, aren’t they?)

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We have so often heard statements like, ‘Teaching is a noble profession’, ‘Teachers are nation-builders’. Then you ask someone, ‘What is your daughter planning to do?’ ‘She wants to be a teacher.’ ‘Oh’. End of conversation.

Dilip Mirchandani, erstwhile director of St. John’s school Mumbai, always maintained that the teachers are the Kohinoor diamonds of every school, they need mentoring, nurturing and need to be taken care of. This showed in all his dealings with teachers. He believed in investing in his teachers. The result? Teachers who knew him swear by his name today long after he is no more.

WHY DO WE NEED TO INVEST IN TEACHERS?

The emotional atmosphere in a classroom setting is important to the experiences of students. This atmosphere is affected by the emotional stability of the teacher.

Teachers undergo immense pressure while trying to cope with the never ending, ever changing series of demands they face from moment to moment.

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When a student blows his gasket, he is usually given the option of taking time out, or can leave the classroom to cool off; the teacher cannot do this.

Unlike other professions that deal with files, paper, food or brick and mortar, teachers deal with human material which has moods and phases that change from day to day.

Extra work for colleagues, a disrupted curriculum, and obvious financial implications. Teachers face stress.

Former primary head teacher John Illingworth, himself a casualty of chronic stress and strife in the education system, believes that “Depression, anxiety, and burnout have become teacher diseases”.

Long term unaddressed stress equals long term teacher absence, generates extra work for colleagues, a disrupted curriculum and obvious financial implications.

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Teachers face students, calm irate parents, take flak from superiors; it is all buildup without release.

The education sector is facing recruitment and retention crisis. Many teachers feel overworked, under-appreciated, and stressed. For many, the worklife balance is non-existent, their relationships outside are suffering, and their passion for the profession is waning. It is important therefore to focus on and ensure the well-being of the teaching staff.

Well-being of teachers is not a luxury, for the end of term, it is not a bolt or an added extra. Well-being of teachers is a fundamental prerequisite for healthy constructive quality teaching and learning. Along with less sick leave, higher retention levels, a happy teacher has a profound effect on students. What can we do to ensure our teachers are fit, well, and flourishing? We need to invest in them, by making it a top priority.

HOW DO WE DO THIS? Here is a list which, when adhered to, has shown amazing results…

STRUCTURE AND WORKLOAD

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Rules of employment clearly stated in the employment contract, and adhered to, without which the teachers feel helpless and cheated. A school handbook that clearly states the roles of all staff members.

A clear revised job description, when staff is promoted or moved. No expectation of immediate response to mails, and a ban on sending mails on the weekend.

Give thought to individual workload before introducing new initiatives.

Investigate complaints of bullying or harassment, and take steps to stop such behaviour.

An ongoing professional development programme increases job satisfaction and contributes to teacher resilience and well-being.

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Remember work-life balance. Accept that teachers have families, social obligations, domestic responsibilities, and they also need to have fun like anyone else.

School working environments need to be good enough to work in, eg. clean toilets, de-cluttering and tidying, essential and timely repairs are affordable changes that reduce stress at the workplace.

Words of appreciation and praise for a job well done, go a long way in building up the self-esteem and confidence of teachers.

Teachers’ inputs during meetings need to be valued and acknowledged.

Before any organisational change occurs, managements need to consult staff, take their opinions, provide training and resources to deal with the new system, and let all reflect together on how it will affect the work-life balance.

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Hiring additional teachers or teaching assistants at peak times of the year to maintain a healthy workload.

Looking for areas where mentoring, coaching, or administrative and technical support is required and making it available eg. help with photo copying and laminating when required.

Allowing staff to take a “real break” during lunch time.

Limiting after-school meetings.

Having approachable leaders in place.

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Reducing time spent on nonteaching activities.

STAFF SURVEY

Have staff surveys which address the following questions…

1. Do you feel stressed at work?

2. Do you feel adequately supported at work?

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3. Do you feel equipped to manage your workload?

4. Where/who would you turn to if something went wrong?

5. Would you like to have the opportunity of counselling?

6. What do you enjoy about your job?

7. What do you not like about your job?

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HAVE A WELL-BEING TEAM

Have a well-being team comprising some teachers to boost morale by:

Putting fun posters in staffrooms and toilets.

Leaving a mug full of sweets or stationery on some one’s table.

Getting extra help to clean up after lunch.

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Organising a lunch or a picnic. Remembering birthdays.

“Teachers are at breaking point, It is time to push wellbeing up the agenda” Julian Stanley

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Kerala Introduces ‘Water-Bell’ Initiative in Schools to Boost Hydration

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In a pioneering move to promote adequate hydration among students, Kerala schools have commenced the ‘water-bell’ system from Monday. This innovative initiative, inaugurated by the State General Education Minister V Sivankutty, is set to ring in a new era of health consciousness in the state’s education system.

Under this system, a bell will specifically ring twice during the school day – at 10:30 am and again at 2:30 pm – across all educational institutions in Kerala to remind students to drink water. This measure comes as a response to the increasing temperatures in the region, which heighten the risk of dehydration.

Minister Sivankutty highlighted the significance of regular water intake, noting that it’s essential even when students do not feel thirsty. He pointed out the risks associated with heat, including dehydration, which can cause discomfort and affect students’ well-being and academic performance. Furthermore, he underlined the importance of providing accessible clean drinking water for all students, particularly for those who may not bring water from home.

The General Education Department has proudly noted that Kerala was the first state in India to introduce this system back in 2019, in areas that were notably affected by high temperatures. The initiative proved to be influential, with other states like Karnataka and Telangana following suit with similar programmes.

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Each hydration interval, lasting five minutes, is a strategic pause in the school day, designed to ensure students maintain good hydration habits. This is part of a broader effort to combat the negative health effects associated with India’s soaring summer temperatures.

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From 2025-26, Indian Students to Get Two Opportunities to Sit for Board Exams

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In a significant overhaul aimed at alleviating academic pressure, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that students will soon have the opportunity to sit for their 10th and 12th board examinations twice within the same academic year. This groundbreaking initiative is set to commence in the 2025-26 session, aligning with the broader objectives of the new National Education Policy (NEP).

The announcement was made in Chhattisgarh during the inauguration of the PM SHRI (Prime Minister Schools for Rising India) scheme, which promises the modernisation of 211 state schools. Speaking at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Raipur, Pradhan highlighted the NEP’s focus on reducing student stress and fostering a holistic educational environment.

Central to the NEP’s vision, introduced by the government in 2020, is the introduction of “10 bag-less days” annually, encouraging students to engage in arts, culture, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Furthermore, Pradhan detailed the Centre’s plan under the NEP 2020 to offer dual exam opportunities for board students starting from the academic year 2025-26. This approach, following the New Curriculum Framework (NCF) unveiled last August, aims to provide ample preparation time and enhance student performance.

Under this new system, students can choose their best score from the two exam sittings, a strategy aimed at maximising their academic outcomes. The minister queried the attending students on their views regarding this revision, urging them to seize the advantage of selecting their optimal results.

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Pradhan reinforced that this innovation in examination policy reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision encapsulated in the NEP: to cultivate a stress-free learning environment enriched with quality education. This initiative also seeks to keep students connected with their cultural roots while equipping them for future challenges, all contributing towards India’s goal of becoming a developed nation by 2047.

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ISRO Launches Young Scientist Programme 2024 for Budding Space Enthusiasts

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has unveiled its Young Scientist Programme (YUVIKA) for the year 2024, a pioneering initiative aimed at nurturing young minds in the realms of space science and technology. Scheduled for May 13-24, this two-week residential programme targets students in Standard 9, offering them a unique opportunity to delve into the basics of space technology, science, and its myriad applications.

Registration for YUVIKA 2024 kicks off on February 20 and concludes on March 20, 2024. ISRO has crafted a meticulous selection criterion for participants, emphasizing academic excellence, quiz performance, science fair participation, Olympiad achievements, sports victories, and involvement in activities like Scouts and Guides, NCC, or NSS. Additionally, a special consideration is given to students studying in rural schools, ensuring a diverse and inclusive cohort.

The registration process is straightforward: candidates are required to sign up on the ISRO Antariksha Jigyasa Platform, confirm their email, participate in SpaceQuiz, and submit relevant personal details along with attested certificates for verification.

Through YUVIKA 2024, ISRO aims not only to educate the youth about space science but also to inspire them to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This endeavour reflects ISRO’s commitment to fostering a new generation of scientists and engineers equipped to further India’s space exploration missions.

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For more details on the programme and registration process, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the official website. This initiative represents a significant step towards empowering India’s youth with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the future of space science and technology.

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Lexicon Schools Spark Innovation with STEAM Fest

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The Lexicon Schools recently hosted STEAM Fest, a vibrant celebration of creativity, innovation, and interdisciplinary learning. The event showcased numerous projects and activities, embodying the school’s commitment to providing a holistic education integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

STEAM education nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for the 21st-century workforce. It promotes transparent evaluation and cultivates self-discovery, empowering children to create tangible solutions and become lifelong learners.

Reflecting on the success of the fest, Mr. Pankaj Sharma, President, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, Chairman & MD, Pune Times Mirror, Civic Mirror, and MultiFit, remarked, “STEAM education is essential for preparing students for the challenges of the future. With focus on not only the ‘how’ and ‘what’, but also the ‘who’ and ‘why’, the STEAM Fest is specifically designed to develop future innovators. At The Lexicon Schools, integrating STEAM into the curriculum fosters well-rounded individuals equipped to tackle the dynamic, multifaceted challenges of the modern world, ensuring their education remains relevant and future-proof.”

Participants engaged in different projects, exemplifying the fusion of art, science, technology, and engineering. The young minds delved into math-related activities and presented projects focused on cleanliness and hygiene. Primary students delved into robotics, and environmental sustainability at the fest. Their projects on mechanical water pumps and balloon cars displayed their grasp of engineering principles, while the exploration of the water cycle and projects on thermal conductivity delved into scientific concepts. Moreover, an anatomical display of the human body provided valuable insights into biology, and the air quality monitoring project raised awareness about the pressing issue of air pollution.

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Senior students engaged with advanced concepts, such as IoT and road safety. They also created kaleidoscopic displays, developed rainwater detection systems, and presented anatomical models.

STEAM education, with its integrated and holistic approach, aids students in perceiving challenging subjects from different perspectives. Through hands-on projects, students explored creative processes and utilized various methods of inquiry and investigation, cultivating a diverse set of hard and soft skills.

Mr. Nasir Shaikh, Group Chief Executive Officer, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, EduCrack, & EasyRecruit+, added, “STEAM taps into children’s natural curiosity. If you’ve ever tried to find answers to a long series of questions asked by a child, you know how inquisitive they are about the world around them. STEAM lessons focus on deep questioning and finding novel solutions rather than memorizing standard facts and figures that can easily be ‘Googled’.”

Education is not just about academic achievement; it’s about cultivating a mindset of inquisitiveness, innovation, and collaboration. The Lexicon Schools exemplified this by providing a platform for students to showcase their talents, exchange ideas, and inspire one another. By integrating STEAM-based learning, The Lexicon Schools are shaping the leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.

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NCTE organizes 1-Day National Conference on Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in partnership with CBSE

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In a landmark move to align with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) convened a 1-Day National Conference on Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) on 12 February 2024. This pivotal gathering was aimed at discussing and implementing transformative changes to TET, particularly extending it to secondary education levels (Classes 9 to 12).

Ms. Kesang Y. Sherpa IRS, Member Secretary of NCTE, underscored the NEP 2020’s recommendation for the implementation of TET across various levels of education. She announced NCTE’s initiative to propose and implement TET for secondary education, marking a significant step towards ensuring the quality and capability of teachers across all school levels.

Echoing the importance of TET, Smt. Nidhi Chhibber IAS, Chairperson of CBSE, emphasized the role of teacher capability in creating effective classroom environments. With CBSE’s extensive experience in conducting TET, she assured the conference of CBSE’s commitment to collaborate closely with NCTE in sharing data and jointly implementing future plans.

Shri Vikram Sahay IRS, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax, discussed the necessity of standardizing TET to meet the varying challenges at different educational levels. Prof. Yogesh Singh, Chairperson of NCTE, highlighted the NEP 2020’s vision of focusing on developing Indian ethos and values in students, beyond mere academic marks.

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Shri. Abhimanyu Yadav, Convener TET from NCTE, presented a comprehensive overview of TET’s journey since its inception, emphasizing its role in enhancing the quality and capability of school teachers nationwide. The conference also featured a panel discussion with Prof. H.C.S. Rathore, Former Vice Chancellor, Central University of South Bihar, and Prof. R.C. Patel, Retd. Professor MS University Baroda, addressing participants’ queries.

Representatives from various states and UTs shared their experiences and best practices related to TET, contributing to a collective effort to revamp TET in line with NEP 2020.

As the conference concluded, Convener TET extended heartfelt thanks to all academic dignitaries, education administrators, and participants for their valuable contributions towards shaping the future of education in India. This initiative by NCTE and CBSE is a significant step towards ensuring quality education through the empowerment of teachers, in alignment with the goals of NEP 2020.

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The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024: A Timeless Learning for Future Educational Leaders

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Gandhinagar, February 2024 – The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024, an inspiring event hosted by ScooNews in collaboration with the Centre for Creative Learning – IIT Gandhinagar, has successfully marked its conclusion. This pioneering summit, aimed at nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, saw participation from 77 dynamic leaders from across India’s elite schools.

Curated by Aditi Misra, Director DPS Sec-45, Gurgaon | DPS International Edge, Gurgaon | DPS Jaipur| Dharav High Schools, and Amrita Burman, Deputy Director of Sunbeam Group of Educational Institutions, the summit provided a comprehensive platform for personal and professional growth. The event focused on essential leadership facets, including leadership skills, effective communication, strategic thinking, and emotional intelligence, offering attendees a unique opportunity to learn from distinguished experts in the educational field.

The masterclasses, led by esteemed educators like Anand Krishnaswamy, Anju Chazot & Pascal Chazot, Dr. Arunabh Singh, Lt Col A Sekhar, Dr. Gunmeet Bindra, Prof Manish Jain, Lt Gen Surendra Kulkarni, and Vishnu Karthik, covered a diverse range of topics. These included Crucial Confrontations by Middle Leaders, Human-Centered Organisational Alignment, Building Trust Through Culture and Communication, Effective Accountability Structures, Stakeholder Management, The Relevance of Education in the Digital Age, Comprehensive Crisis Management, and Leadership Levers to Enhance Student Learning.

Ravi Santlani, Founder & CEO, ScooNews, said, “I’ve just concluded what can only be described as the pinnacle event of my career – the Rising Leaders’ Summit at IIT Gandhinagar. At ScooNews, we are dedicated to enriching the education sector, a realm that urgently requires revitalisation. There’s no better method to begin this transformation than by equipping the educational leaders of tomorrow. I’m immensely thankful to our eight master trainers and our summit curators, for their priceless contributions. My awe extends to my team, whose unwavering commitment has made this event a landmark in my life. Moving forward, I pledge to devote my life to making a significant impact on our nation’s educators, our teachers. Here’s to jointly elevating the essence of teaching and learning.”

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The insightful discussions and interactive sessions provided practical knowledge, spurred meaningful dialogue, and fostered valuable connections among the participants. The summit not only enhanced the understanding of leadership principles but also honed the skills and expertise essential for creating a positive impact within educational institutions and beyond.

The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024 stands as a testament to ScooNews’ unwavering dedication to fostering educational leadership. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the curators, master trainers, and participants for their role in making this event a resounding success. ScooNews remains committed to empowering the educational leaders of tomorrow and looks forward to continuing its mission of enhancing the quality of education across India.

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PM Modi Advocates for Vedic-Based Education Reform

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently emphasised the importance of revamping the Indian education system to reflect the nation’s venerable Vedic values. His remarks were made during a celebration marking the bicentenary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the esteemed founder of Arya Samaj.

In his discourse, PM Modi stressed the urgency of an education framework that is deeply embedded in Indian traditions. He praised Arya Samaj schools for their foundational role in the educational sphere, advocating for their expansion under the National Education Policy to further inculcate Indian values.

Highlighting the theme of returning to Vedic traditions, the Prime Minister, through video conferencing, acclaimed Swami Dayananda’s rallying cry of ‘Back to Vedas’ at a time when Indian customs and spirituality were waning.

The Prime Minister commended Saraswati for his scholarly exegesis of the Vedas, which played a crucial role in rectifying misconceptions and enhancing the understanding of Indian philosophical thought.

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PM Modi pointed out the adverse narratives employed by the British to demean Indian society, using social evils as a pretext. “Swami Dayananda’s emergence significantly countered these narratives, reviving societal pride and reigniting a passion for Vedic teachings,” he remarked.

The influence of Arya Samaj’s founder on notable figures like Lala Lajpat Rai and Ram Prasad Bismil was also highlighted by PM Modi, portraying Swami Dayananda Saraswati as a luminary of Vedic knowledge and a catalyst for national resurgence.

Through his address, PM Modi underscored the transformative impact of Swami Dayananda’s rational interpretation of the Vedas and his fight against entrenched orthodoxies, positioning him as a pivotal figure in bolstering societal self-belief and revitalising interest in Vedic principles.

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Radio Broadcasting in Schools: Creating a Platform for Student Voices

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Roll up, roll up, for a trip down memory lane, back to a time when radio was the king of entertainment and information, reaching every corner of India with the magic of sound. Fast forward to today, and guess what? Radio has got a trendy new outfit, and it is called podcasts. Yes, you heard it right! As we celebrated World Radio Day on the 13th of February, let us dive into why radio broadcasting and its cool cousin, podcasts, are making a splash in schools, creating a buzz with the young and the restless.

Picture this: back in the day, radio was the Internet. From the cricket commentary that had everyone perched on the edge of their seats to the melodious tunes of Binaca Geetmala that had people swinging and swaying, radio was the heartbeat of India. Fast forward to the present, and the essence of radio is getting a reboot in schools through podcasts. This is not your grandpa’s radio; it is radio reimagined for the Snapchat generation. The educational landscape is buzzing with the potential of podcasts as a dynamic platform for interschool and intraschool communication, essentially a canvas for student voices to paint their thoughts, learnings, and creativity.

Podcasts, in essence, are the contemporary cousins of radio, offering a personalised and on-demand listening experience. Schools across India are now catching on to this trend, integrating podcasts into their curriculum to foster a culture of listening, learning, and expressing. The medium’s flexibility allows for a variety of content, from academic discussions and storytelling to debates and interviews, creating a symphony of student voices that is by the students, for the students, and, let’s not forget, about the students.

One stellar example of this educational podcast movement is the initiative by ‘The Good School Alliance‘. Their series, accessible on Spotify under the banner ‘Learning Forward‘, is a testament to the power of audio media in education. These podcasts delve into a myriad of educational topics, featuring insights from educators, students, and thought leaders in the field. The content ranges from innovative teaching methodologies to student wellness, offering a holistic view of contemporary education practices. What sets these podcasts apart is their focus on real-life applications of learning, encouraging students to connect classroom theories with the world beyond school gates.

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The Good School Alliance‘ podcasts are not just about disseminating information; they are about creating a dialogue. By involving students in the conversation, they foster a sense of community and shared learning. These podcasts serve as a beacon for other schools, illustrating how digital platforms can be harnessed to amplify student voices and create a participatory learning environment.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, in a world where everyone is glued to screens, podcasts are a breath of fresh air, or should we say, a melody to the ears. They are a ticket to explore new worlds without having to leave your comfy chair. And for the creators, it is a playground for imagination, a laboratory for ideas, and a stage for voices waiting to be heard. It is where Shakespeare meets science, and history gets a remix. Crafting a podcast is no game – from research and scripting to speaking like a pro and editing it. It is a rollercoaster ride of learning, with plenty of life lessons along the way. And who knows? Today’s podcast prodigy could be tomorrow’s radio superstar or the next big thing in Bollywood.

Podcasts offer a unique way to engage students, making learning more accessible and interesting. They cater to different learning styles, especially auditory learners, and provide a platform for students to explore topics beyond the traditional curriculum, fostering critical thinking and creativity.

In moving towards the digitization of radio, let us tip our hats to the OG radio, the grandfather of communication. Together, they are tuning into the hearts and minds of students, turning classrooms into studios, and homework into home runs. Here is to the voices of the future, loud, proud, and podcasting their way into our hearts. So, keep calm and podcast on, for the airwaves are waiting, and the stage is yours. Let’s make some noise, shall we?

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Dharmendra Pradhan launches Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme

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On 6th February 2024, New Delhi witnessed the launch of the EdCIL Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme by the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. The ceremony was graced by eminent personalities, including Secretary of Higher Education, Shri K. Sanjay Murthy; Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Shri Sanjay Kumar; Executive Director of EdCIL, Dr. Chandrashekhar, among other distinguished guests.

The EdCIL Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme, in alignment with the National Education Policy 2020, is a powerful force aimed at revolutionizing opportunities for quality education and access to higher education institutions. Going beyond mere enrolment, this initiative guarantees access to high-quality learning systems by facilitating a seamless transition from secondary to higher education and extending financial support for the meritorious Navodaya Vidyalaya students who lack means.

Shri Pradhan highlighted the programme as a manifestation of the NEP 2020’s vision for educational empowerment, particularly for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Celebrating the achievements of NVS students who have secured places in prestigious institutions like IITs and NITs without coaching, he announced scholarships worth Rs. 5 crore for 70 meritorious students.

The programme also drew attention to the collective role of society in nation-building, with corporates stepping up to sponsor academically gifted students in need. Shri K. Sanjay Murthy and Shri Sanjay Kumar lauded the initiative for leveraging philanthropy in education and acknowledged the academic excellence of Navodaya Vidyalaya students, emphasizing the transformative power of quality education.

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The event saw the exchange of five MoUs between CSR sponsors, including prominent names like Fiat India and HDFC Bank, and the unveiling of the Vidyanjali Fintech Platform/portal. Six Navodaya Vidyalaya students were awarded scholarship letters in a gesture that underscores the government’s commitment to educational inclusivity and socio-economic upliftment.

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India participates in the First G20 Education Working Group Meeting under Brazilian Presidency

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In a significant stride towards bolstering the global education landscape, India actively participated in the first Education Working Group (EdWG) meeting under the Brazilian G20 Presidency. Conducted virtually, the meeting saw the Indian delegation, comprising senior officials from the Ministry, affirming the nation’s dedication to advancing the global education agenda.

The Indian delegation underscored the essence of capacity building for educational professionals, the adoption of innovative teaching-learning methodologies, and the imperative of making tech-enabled education more inclusive, high-quality, and collaborative. They also emphasized education’s pivotal role in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly through the Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) initiative.

Drawing from the National Education Policy 2020, the delegation shared India’s success stories in various educational initiatives like SWAYAM, SWAYAM PRABHA, Academic Bank of Credit, and SAMARTH. They also highlighted the National Professional Standards for Teachers, the 4-year Integrated Teacher Education Programme, DIKSHA, NISHTHA, the Malviya Mission Teacher Training Programme, the National Mission for Mentoring, and collaborations with the industry to enhance educators’ skills in emerging technologies.

Brazil, hosting the EdWG track, outlined three critical areas for discussion:

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  1. Valuing and Building Capacity of Education Professionals,
  2. Connecting Managers of Digital Resource Platforms for sharing educational materials on Education for Sustainable Development, and
  3. The G20 Award for School-Community Engagement.

These priorities aim to foster a comprehensive dialogue on elevating the stature and capabilities of education professionals globally, enhancing access to digital education resources, and recognizing exemplary school-community engagement initiatives.

The discussions are set to continue into the second day of the meeting on February 6th, 2024, focusing on the latter two priorities: digital education platforms and the award for school-community engagement. This meeting marks a promising step forward in collaborative efforts to reshape the future of global education, with India playing a crucial role in steering these conversations towards actionable outcomes.

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