Chintan Shivir- 2-Day National Workshop

The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), is organising a 2 day National Workshop/ ‘Chintan Shivir’ to bring together key stakeholders from Government, NGOs and private sector to deliberate on the 5 key areas of school education i.e. (i) Digital Learning, (ii) Physical Education, (iii) Life Skills in Education, (iv) Value Education and (v) Experiential Learning.

Individuals and/or organization who have shown demonstrated commitment and impact in the particular thematic area may apply for participation in the event. The last date for application is 05/10/2017. The selected participants will be intimated by 20/10/2017 through email about their selection for the 2 Day National Workshop.

The National Workshop will be organised on November 6-7 in New Delhi. Over the course of these 2 days, 150 experts will be divided into 5 groups to discuss recommendations and brainstorm on future course.

In order to participate in the event, please submit your application form online in the following 5 key areas.

Digital Learning

Increased access to low-cost computing devices and internet connectivity in India is giving rise to an education technology revolution. The adoption of EdTech in schools is rapidly developing, with infrastructure becoming widely available, government pushing for the integration of digital technology in education, and entrepreneurs creating innovative solutions tailored to the needs of schools.These developments present a strong opportunity for the use of technology in personalising learning for students and providing them with high-quality digital resources and instruction irrespective of their physical location.

Physical Education

Physical education is critical for holistic development of students, nurturing their physical and emotional well-being. Schools can help foster a desire for lifelong participation in physical activity and prepare students to remain engaged and active.

Life Skills in Education

Discourse on improved education quality typically focuses on increasing student scores in core subjects such as reading, math and science. It is increasingly clear, however, that students equipped with life skills – academic mindsets and character skills (that, for instance, allows them to make responsible decisions, set goals, self-regulate, empathise with others and work collaboratively) – are more likely to succeed in and contribute to the society they live in. Moreover, there is a strong evidence base demonstrating that cognitive skills and life skills are complementary in influencing socio-economic outcomes, and that building such skills can be life-changing for children from low-income backgrounds. In light of the challenges of school education in India and the requirements of the 21st century, it has become increasingly important for us to understand these life skills, learning mindsets and abilities that children should be equipped with.

Value Education

The purpose of knowledge goes beyond only intellectual development of children and includes development of a well-balanced personality. Value-based education is associated with methods, approaches and programmes that teachers or educators use in order to create learning experiences for students when it comes to value questions. Teachers and educators play a critical role in promoting and propagating values among children. In India, different education policies and programmes have laid emphasis on value-education in schools.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning can be defined as learning through reflection on doing. It supports students in problem solving and decision making in their local contexts. Students learn to apply their knowledge and understanding to real-world problems with teacher facilitating the learning. Experiential learning can bridge the gap between theory and practice and help increase the engagements levels of students.