Over 40 eminent speakers from across the world shared the same dais at a conference held in the city, debating on educational crisis in India and how to bring transformation in our classrooms, schools and education system. The issues like school leadership, classroom instruction, policy research, child development, social entrepreneurship and other related subjects were discussed by the speakers in more than 45 sessions.
The two-day international education conference ‘inspirED’ was organised by Teach For India, on October 19 and 20, 2013, at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC) campus in Viman Nagar.
Speaking at the inaugural session, child activist and founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Kailash Satyarthi, stressed on the need of strong social movement in the country, to address the issue of millions of children in India not having access to education, even though it is their fundamental right. “Over 57 million children have never been to schools, 150 million are 5th grade drop-outs and many more are trapped into child labour. Ministries have no co-ordination and coherence on this issue. Though child labour and education are interlinked, they are seen in isolation,” said Satyarthi. Those who spoke at the conference were Sanjna Kapoor (founder, Junoon), Jo Chopra Mcgowan (executive director, Latika Roy Foundation), Sonam Wangchuk, (founder, Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement, Ladakh), Arvind Gupta (science educator) and others. ‘Teach For India’ is a non-profit organisation and a nationwide movement, which was started in 2008 by Shaheen Mistri. It follows the ‘Teach For America’ model in India, wherein high achieving college graduates and working professionals are placed in low-income schools for two years as teachers and leaders.
After two years, they work within or outside the field of education to maximise the impact and achieve education inequity. The conference was initiated in 2009 to bring together the best minds of the country in one place. The annual conference was started from Pune, expanding to Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
Founder of Teach for India, Mistri, said, “The idea was to bring different people and students on the same platform. We wanted to give them immediate tools like art, so that they could integrate it in their system immediately.”
Also the speakers discussed about system in schools and how to train teachers.