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“To rise to the challenges of our time, a move towards more inclusive education is imperative. Rethinking the future of education is all the more important following the Covid-19 pandemic, which further widened and put a spotlight on inequalities. Failure to act will hinder the progress of societies.”

Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay

The Samatvam Trust aims at strengthening the structure and content of education to increase school enrolment, reduce absenteeism, and minimise student dropouts.

Creative and innovative teaching methods

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Albert Einstein

To stimulate student participation through hands-on learning, comprehensive and on-going teacher-training programs are necessary. To augment the content and scope of teaching, special workshops with active collaboration of working professionals, would keep teachers abreast of the current state of knowledge in several fields.

Strengthening the school infrastructure

It is essential to provide children with an enabling environment which will improve student learning outcomes.

Well-furnished classrooms, high quality instructional materials, smart classrooms, and laboratories, playgrounds and gyms, promote an interactive schooling experience.

Improving the nutritional status of students

India’s child nutrition status is one of the most alarming in the world.

The Global Hunger Index (2020) which is calculated on the basis of total undernourishment of the population, child stunting, wasting and child mortality places India at the 94 th spot among 107 countries.

“Nutrition needs to be retained as a key indicator for development. For the future of children in India, stopping COVID-19, and stopping malnutrition are equally important and urgent.”

Arjan De-Wagt, Head of Nutrition, UNICEF

Studies have shown that providing a meal for children in schools not only improves the nutritional standing of children, but also increases enrolment and attendance in schools.

The POSHAN Abhiyaan seeks to focus the national development agenda on

Providing for clean water supply

All children have the right to clean water and basic sanitation.

(UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 20 November 1989)

With an increasing number of children enrolling in schools, educational institutions must maintain an environment providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.

Constructing and maintaining hygienic toilets

UNICEF guidelines require a minimum of one toilet per 25 girls in a school.

The Rapid Survey on Children (2013-2014) reported that 22% schools did not have appropriate toilets for girls, 58% of pre-schools had no toilet at all and 56% of pre-schools had no water on the premises.

The Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya campaign envisions the provision of toilets in all schools to enhance the sanitation standards in schools and this objective when implemented, will go a long way in increasing enrolment, reducing absenteeism and minimising student drop-outs, especially of girls, and differently-abled.

Providing educational needs of differently-abled

The Rights of Persons with Disability Act(2016) aims at the academic, social, behavioural and professional development of differently-abled children, while respecting their evolving capacities and their human rights.

Providing inclusive educational environments, where differently-abled children can study along with normal children, is a step towards ‘Samatvam’ – Equality.

Providing for skill-based and vocational education to increase employability

India faces a serious shortage of employable youth. This indicates a gap between teaching methods and learning outcomes, leading to a lack of employable skills.

The number of educated youth (age 15-29) who are not in employment, education or training has increased to 115 million in 2017-2018 from 70 million in 2004-2005.

The above figures reinforce the fact that only 20 per cent of the five million students who graduate every year get employed in India. The rest are estimated to be ‘unemployable’ – or just not job-ready.

ASSOCHAM (Associated Commerce and Industry Chambers of India)

The need is for programs and workshops in educational institutions to impart some basics of adult education, as well as employable skills, with measurable learning outcomes, credible certification, job counseling and placement.