Alumniportal-Lab in India
“Education for all by 2030 may only be achieved if education is treated like an experience full of curiosity and passion rather than just a classroom lecture.”
Participant of the Alumniportal-lab
“No Future without Education” – according to this motto, high-ranking experts examined various aspects of the Indian educational sector on 26 September 2017: Ms Atishi Marlena from the Ministry of Education in Delhi gave an interesting and critical outline of primary and secondary education. “It is always important to be aware of what is going on in the classrooms and to consider the impact of this for the future”, said Ms Marlena. She mentioned existing challenges and described the modernisation of schools as a way to improve conditions and strengthen the children’s self-confidence. Dr Beena Pandey of the “Research and Information System for Developing Countries” (RIS) demonstrated ways towards inclusive and high-quality education that is accessible for everyone. Ms Anita Sharma of GIZ talked about the importance of vocational training and the requirements of the labour market. Mr Köster, the representative of the German Embassy as well as representatives of GIZ, DAAD and Goethe-Institut all emphasised the importance of high-quality education for India’s future.
A lively discussion soon followed. The 35 participants – school directors, professors, business representatives and students – exchanged their ideas, experiences and knowledge about how high-quality and inclusive education for all can be achieved in India by the year 2030. The participants had one thing in common: They are all Germany-Alumni, which means that they are not only familiar with the Indian educational sector, but also with the German education. Accordingly, they discussed advantages and disadvantages of both systems, shared their knowledge and developed approaches for Indian education.
Journaling, Vision Mandala, Impromptu Networking and Walk and Talk
To illustrate their ideas for high-quality education, participants drew according to the Mandala-method, wrote their ideas down as Journaling-entries or put their heads together in very small groups. In the period of one hour, they developed a series of statements that show where the need for action in the Indian educational sector is most urgent. The participatory approach of this workshop was new to many participants and they welcomed it with great enthusiasm.
Education for all until 2030 may only be achieved if...
“…we could motivate and enhance the capacity of stakeholders (parents, teacher and children) through technology and comprehensive assessment and evaluation of stakeholders. “
“…India finalises a concrete set of policies for education (basic, higher and vocational levels)”
“…industry-academia interface is fully utilised for developing professionals.”
“…professional development of teachers is prioritised at all levels.”
“…empathy is incorporated in educational syllabus and practice”.
“…there is experiential learning of citizenship.”
“…there is a synergy between technology and people in our educational approach.”
“…modern methods of classroom teaching such as ICT tools and andragogy are incorporated.”
“…we take the responsibility of having a multiplier effect in our educational efforts by spreading knowledge through the community.”
“…we focus not only on infrastructure, legal and policy interventions, but also psycho social interventions that create and nurture leaders.”
“…teachers/guides are well educated and the educational and academic infrastructures (particularly libraries) are adequate and advanced as well as administration is progressive and secular.”
“…education is treated like an experience full of curiosity and passion more than just a classroom lecture.”
The afternoon brought the next challenge for participants: Seven alumni presented their previously submitted project ideas and projects in just one minute. Topics included innovative teaching materials, digital learning opportunities for rural regions, new and innovative thought and learning approaches for schools and the integration of the 2030 Agenda into the curriculum. After participants took a vote, four projects obtained a table at the following World Café and were able to profit from the collected knowledge of the other experts. The ideas were discussed, expanded and in part completely re-conceived, and some plans for cooperation were launched.
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