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International Learning Curve report lauds India's Saakshar Bharat Mission

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 10:19am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Report explores shifts in global education and 21st century skills

Pune: India's adult education programme Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) has been cited as the perfect example for large-scale skills inculcation among adults to motivate learners by the Learning Curve 2014 report published by multinational-learning company, Pearson.
India's SBM will aid 70 million people to get literate by 2017. Launched in 2009, the largest adult-education programme in the world is a centrally sponsored scheme of the Department of School Education and Literacy, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The Learning Curve 2014 report explores factors behind performance shifts in global education league tables, and the importance of 21st century skills. The new Pearson-published Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Attainment, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, finds that South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong hold top spots in overall education ranking, while emerging economies such as Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia end up at the bottom of the Index.
Alongside the new Index, Pearson has also published a new open data-bank of 2,500 educational, economic and social indicators for 50 countries (available on learningcurve.pearson.com). The data-bank draws on the global education studies - PISA, TIMMS, PIRLS – and combines them with national statistics on education, GDP, employment, crime rates, and other factors to create a comprehensive set of information for researchers and policy makers to draw on.
Managing Director, Pearson India, Deepak Mehrotra, shared that the Learning Curve report is a comprehensive source of education data and evidence and it has been made open and searchable for educators and thought leaders. "The research insights provide valuable inputs for the education sectors across the globe to compare, measure and use. This can help improve country-level educational systems and teachers, parents, governments and academicians can rely on data and evidence when making decisions," he said.
Chief Executive of Pearson, John Fallon said, "One of the most pervasive and endemic problems in education in just about every country is the lack of attention paid to skills provision. The Learning Curve brings together a growing body of evidence on what works in education."
Alongside the Index, Pearson has also published an in-depth report on the importance of skills in improving educational and economic outcomes.
(To read the full report visit: thelearningcurve.pearson.com)

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