Issue # 294 | 29 July 2014










Ideating at Sprint Speed


In our previous blog, Will Gossin spoke about the Design Sprint programme that was being conducted for University of Chicago graduates under the International Innovation Corps (IIC) Fellowship programme. Centre for Civil Society (CCS)’s National Independent School Alliance (NISA) partnered with IIC to conduct a five-day intensive training programme at the UChicago Center in New Delhi.

In the week long intensive programme, the IIC fellows conducted a field study to four budget private schools (BPS) in East Delhi where they interacted with different stakeholders - parents, teachers, students and school owners to understand different perspectives on the issues and challenges being faced by the BPS in the education space. They also interacted with various service providers and state association leaders to get a better grasp of the current scenario regarding the quality of education in BPS.










Changing Education Paradigms


RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award

The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to driving social progress and spreading world-changing ideas.









Private schools and the issue of gender discrimination


Low-fee schools provide an alternative: Although South Africa still has a relatively small number of low-fee private schools, Dmitri Holtzman, the executive director of the Equal Education Law Centre, said: “There has been a marked increase in enrolment at them over the last decade with the privatisation in education agenda gaining some considerable traction – which includes a number of ‘private school chains’ and corporate investment. “This shift is fuelled, in part, by the considerable problems in the public education system which has the effect of undermining public confidence in public schools.”

Jane Hofmeyr, a senior consultant for education at the Centre for Development and Enterprise, said low-fee schools “provide access, choice and quality education to learners in disadvantaged communities where there are no public schools or poor quality ones”. “Low-fee independent schools are growing rapidly, especially with development of chains of schools by new players in the sector, such as the Spark schools. They are making a significant contribution to the schooling of disadvantaged learners: for instance, in Gauteng in 2013 there were 70 000 learners in schools which charged fees below R 12 000 per annum.”













Should we invest in developing Indian Institutes of Teaching?


Much on the lines of the country's top educational bodies, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Management (IIMs), is it time to seriously think about world-class Indian Institutes of Teaching?


In science, India invests far less than China, US, S Korea

A report by a thinktank shows India's investment in science has lagged behind that of neighbouring China, the US and South Korea, resulting in these countries staying ahead when it comes to research.


Policy Brief: School Management Committees


Accountability Initiative and Central Square Foundation, June 2014 

Successes, challenges and opportunities in the functioning of SMCs as envisioned in the RTE Act



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NCT of Delhi // The Hindu // 28 July 2014

The inspiring tale of an ordinary government school

The Government Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya at Kakrola in West Delhi is no longer an ordinary government school with thousands of students and poor infrastructure. Earlier, the school lacked proper infrastructure for Science, but now the school secured a 100 per cent result in the stream in the Class XII exams last year.


All India // The Economic Times // 28 July 2014

Do school administrations care whether teachers are trained and sensitised for their job?

The recent rape of a six year-old girl in a Bangalore school, and the horribly shocking visuals of helpless children being thrashed brutally in Kolkata, Delhi and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh over the last week have shaken the nation to the core. As, indeed, they should. They have also sparked off the mandatory rounds of debates on television channels. While this certainly has the virtue of focusing attention on these issues, one can't help but be deeply frustrated with some of the "analyses" offered.


NCT of Delhi // The Hindu // 27 July 2014

Mentoring change

Vandinika Shukla, India’s representative at G(irls)20 summit in Sydney, shares her leadership experience in community development projects. My quest to learn and engage with what it means to create ‘impact’ led me to participate in and lead multiple community development and social entrepreneurial projects since high school. My keen interest in the role of the Right to Education Act (RTE) — landmark legislation for accessible education in India, encouraged me to join a youth led organisation —‘Becoming I foundation’ — to conceptualise and execute a novel project called ‘Enable’.


All India // The Hindu // 25 July 2014

Include third gender children in schools: HRD Ministry

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has advised all States and Union Territories (UTs), barring Jammu and Kashmir, to take appropriate action for the inclusion of “third gender’’ children among socially and educationally backward classes for admission in educational institutions under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to universalise elementary education.


All India // Business Standard // 23 July 2014

Dropout rate matter of concern: Smriti Irani

The overall primary school dropout rates have gone down in India except in the case of tribal children, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani said here Wednesday. The primary school dropout rate has gone down from 9.11 percent in 2009-10 to 4.67 percent in 2013-14, Smriti Irani said in the Lok Sabha. The minister, however, added that the dropout rates of tribal children is a matter of deep concern, though the overall rates have gone down.

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