After a kid explored a mechanical toy during an exhibition as part of 'InspireED' programme, held in Hyderabad, a meet discusses Hyderabad as a Model of Excellence in Education field.
InspirED is an annual education conference that will serve as a forum for a broad landscape, to commit to the collective effort that will bridge educational inequity in India. Currently in its fourth year of operations, InspirED has expanded to four cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad.
During the meet, former chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Shanta Sinha said, "There are hordes of people in all sections of the society, who are willing to contribute to the betterment of education in the country. It is a misconception that people from the upper-middle class and elite are unwilling to contribute to social development."
Speaking at the fourth annual education conference of Teach for India, a non-profit organisation, held at the Indian School of Business here on Saturday said, "Lack of empathy among corporates, elites or upper middle classes to the societal development is not true. Nothing can happen overnight, everything takes time. Let us allow everyone to contribute in whatever way possible."
"Let us not measure it as big or small contribution. This is the way to forward to develop education in the country by involving all stakeholders", she added.
Also, Jay Altman, CEO of First Line Schools, New Orleans said, "Every stakeholders were important for development of goals to reach the target group. Lack of holistic and good education is not just a problem of India, it is quite pervasive. A case in point is that after hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in New Orleans in 2005, the place once boasted of robust industrial economy, schools there have found it very difficult to overcome to terms with changing times."
Shaheen Mistri, founder of Teach for India said, "The infrastructure in government schools is not a major problem, but what is needed is to attract the best minds to mentor kids from a very early stage of their education. That is what Teach for India is trying to do."
About Teach for India.
Teach for India was established in 2008, and is based on America model, pool in high achieving graduates and working professionals to work in low-income schools for the period of two years as teachers and leaders.
Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.