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Issue # 307 | 25 November 2014

 

 

 

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School Choice National Conference: Freedom in Education

19 DECEMBER 2014 AT THE THEATRE, INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, NEW DELHI




School Choice National Conference (SCNC) is an annual event that provides a much needed platform to identify critical issues in the education sector, review existing programs, explore strategies to face the challenges ahead and ideate on ingenious solutions to provide quality education to all children in India.


For more information, contact Rohan Joshi; M: +91-96501 27755; E: scnc@ccs.in

 

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11th Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival




Calling for entries on livelihood issues in Education!
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival is a unique platform that highlights livelihood challenges and regulatory barriers faced by the rural and urban entrepreneurs in Asia. For the
Education World-Jeevika Freedom Award, in partnership with Education World Magazine, we invite applications for outstanding documentaries by professionals and students that highlight livelihood challenges or successes of people working in the education sector.




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RESEARCH, REPORTS AND PAPERS




In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

TINA ROSENBERG


Right now, all over rural India, this is happening: Two local volunteers with a few days’ training come into the village. They knock on randomly selected doors, asking to see all children ages 6 to 16 who live there. In the front yard of the house, they test the children one by one in reading and math. A crowd gathers: parents, neighbors, sometimes the whole village. Children jump up and down, shouting, “Test me! Test me!"

 

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Teachers Hold the Key to Student Learning: Pakistan Education Sector Review

THE WORLD BANK



Teachers are considered the main input within schools for helping students learn. The positive impact of a high-performing teacher is not limited just to test scores.  A student’s exposure to a high-performing teacher for as short as one school year can be enough for long-lasting, positive effects on future education, employment, and earnings outcomes. New research shows that individual teachers impact child learning differently. This was discussed in recently held Pakistan Education Sector Review workshops organized by the World Bank in Lahore and Islamabad.

 

 

 

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Are we asking the right questions? Moving beyond the state vs non-state providers debate: Reflections and a Case Study from India

COLIN BANGAY AND MICHAEL LATHAM




This paper provides an overview of recent trends in basic education provision in India: charting an impressive expansion of enrolment in public schools but a growing concern with the quality of learning. Concerns around quality are seen as a driving factor in the migration of students from the public sector to low fee private schools. While there is evidence of improved learning amongst some low fee private schools there are also significant concerns around equity. The paper proposes that for the sake of future generations it is necessary to move beyond a polemical focus on state or non-state provision but rather to focus on six core questions about education provision: Is it sound pedagogically? Does it deliver meaningful learning? Is it equitable? Is it scalable? Is it financially viable and Is it sustainable? These questions are explored through a review of ‘Gyan Shala’, an innovative low cost education programme operating in the slums of Gujarat and Bihar. The paper concludes that a better understanding of the dynamic between the sectors is needed to ensure effective education planning which will deliver meaningful learning to all.




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Education in India - An Audio Podcast with Parth Shah

K. SATYANARAYAN

 

Satya: What do you think are the main problems in school education in India today?

Parth: That's a very big question. I think in education there are three key issues in any country. One is access, the second is quality and the third is equity. I think all three in a sense have been the challenges for us too in India. In terms of access, there is pretty good consesus now that we have been able to provide access to most children in India through SSA and many other reforms that the government has brought in.




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CCS RESEARCH

 

Closure of NGO-run schools in Delhi under RTE

JAYANTI SINGH



This paper studies the impact of the closure of NGO run schools under the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009 on parents and children. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 sets certain norms and standards that schools have to comply with within three year. The deadline was March 31 2013. Having missed the deadline, numerous unrecognised schools closed down. To highlight the impact of closures, a case study was carried out with Deepalaya schools. Field visits were conducted to find out where the children of these NGO schools are now. Are the children getting education? Where? What has been the impact on parents? How have they coped with the closure? It was found that a large number of the children were still enrolled in theseschools which are currently functioning as tuition centres, post closure.




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Reaching out to the fringe: PAHAL as a template for voucher program ineducation of marginalised children

DHRITI BHATTACHARYYA



Pahal, which is one landmark public-private partnership initiative in the field of education choice for urban deprived area in Uttarakhand, provides monetary aid worth Rs. 3000/- per child to the privateschools for providing free education to children of age 6-14 years from the slums of Dehradun, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar. The program started in 2007 and, since then, based on its initial success has been expanded covering the need of more than thousand children. Being the first government venture in implementing the education voucher scheme in India, Pahal demands detail documentation of the project. The current study, as one of the first attempts to record the status quo of Pahal and its beneficiaries involving both schools and children, is focused to document various stages of the implementation process and to understand the socio-economic impact of the same. The present study is concentrated to the schools under PAHAL in the city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand.




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