Saturday, December 16, 2006

[MLE] FW: [se-ed] FOR INFO: Educaton Community Update 2

Dear MLE interest group,
In the past I have forwarded things from the below mentioned Solution Exchange discussion portal. But since then many more people joined the MLE interest list. Hence I forward an update again.

The website says : "Solution Exchange is a UN initiative for development practitioners in India. For more information, please visit". Even though the focus is much wider then MLE and think you would enjoy following the discussions. In fact several of you are already participating in the discussions!


Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.

From: Amit Kaushik []
Sent: 15 December 2006 16:52
To: Education Community
Subject: [se-ed] FOR INFO: Educaton Community Update 2

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    Education Community

Community Update

No. 2:  15th December 2006

In this Issue

From the Resource Team

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we send you this second Update of the Education Community.  In the last one month or so, member contributions and suggestions have increased significantly, as have our activities on the network.  In a first for us, a member sent in the draft policy on Inclusive Education of the Government of Karnataka, seeking the views of members on its structure and content.  Several members with extensive experience in the sector responded with rich insights, and we are happy to tell you that the State government has indicated that these views will inform the final version of the policy that they adopted.  As professionals working in the education sector, this is indeed a matter of great satisfaction to each one of us.

This year's EFA Global Monitoring Report focuses on the provision of facilities for early childhood care and education across the world.  While looking at progress towards primary education, the Report notes that there has been a considerable reduction in the number of out of school children in South Asia, in large measure due to the significant reduction of out of school children in India.  However, the issues of retention and ensuring satisfactory quality of learning continue to remain areas of concern.  Members would recall that various studies, including the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2005, have highlighted the issue of learning in the classroom.  Another study by Educational Initiatives, Ahmedabad, has recently been the subject of a cover story in India Today, and examines "What's Wrong With Our Teaching?".  In the days to come, we hope to receive more feedback from some of you on issues related to this important aspect of education.

In the meanwhile, we hope that you will find this Update useful and interesting.  As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments.

With warm regards,

Resource Person & Moderator, and,

Research Associate,
Education Community

1.       Workshops & Conferences


12th International Conference on Education, May 21-24, 2007, Brunei Darussalam
The 12th International Conference on Education will address all areas of research, innovation and practice. The organisers invite presenters to stretch their thinking about teaching and learning in order to explore innovative ways and the types of environments that bring forth such innovations.  Papers are welcome in all areas of teaching and learning innovation which includes Educational Leadership, Technology in Education, Early Childhood Education. Special Education, Language Education, Science, Mathematics and Technical Education and Social Science Education.  Deadline for abstracts/proposals: January 19, 2007.  For more details click here.

Building Learning Communities Through Leadership & Technology, February 2, 2007, Kolkata (from Sanjeev Bolia, AFAIRS, Kolkata)
Presented by the University of Cambridge International Examinations and supported by the Indian Public Schools Conference, this conference organised by AFAIRS, seeks to bring committed educators in school education together on a common platform with the objective of sharing knowledge and building pathways for innovations in school education.  The conference will focus on implementing the latest learning technologies, teaching methodologies and providing Indian school education a global perspective.  For more details click here.

Seminar on the Inclusion of Economically Weaker Sections in Private Schools, January 24-25, 2007 (from Nalini Juneja, NUEPA, New Delhi)
The National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA) is organising a seminar on the inclusion of the economically weaker sections in private schools; discussion will be based on selected papers.  Members wishing to submit papers on the theme may contact

Recently Held

NIEPA becomes the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, on November 22, 2006 (from Arun C. Mehta, NUEPA, New Delhi)
On November 22, 2006, Shri Arjun Singh, Human Resource Development Minister, formally announced the grant of deemed University status to the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA).  The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) as it will henceforth be known, will begin with the introduction of a PhD programme.  The Minister also released the million plus primary and upper primary school report cards developed under the District Information System for Education (DISE) of the National University.  To access the school report cards, click here.

Regional Workshop on Inclusive Education, November 21-23, 2006, New Delhi (from Huma Masood, UNESCO, New Delhi)
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and UNESCO organised a workshop for the nine countries of the South Asia region, to share their experiences of inclusive education practices in the area and to develop recommendations on how to further promote it within the framework of EFA.  For details, click here.

UNESCO-The Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS) Workshop on Capacity Building for Educators for the Disabled, November 6-10, 2006
The Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS), in collaboration with UNESCO and the Madras School of Social Work (MSSW), organized a workshop on Information Literacy Competency Development for Library and Information Science Professionals and Special Educators at MSSW, Chennai, India, from November 6-10, 2006.  The objective of the 5-day workshop was to offer rigorous training with a view to building information literacy competency of special educators and library professionals working in special institutions for the disabled.  To read the workshop report, click here.

2.       Miscellaneous

Formation of a Focus Group of NGOs Working With Municipal Schools in Mumbai (From E Mohammed Rafique, AIDS Community, Solution Exchange)
In October 2006, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced plans to set up a Public Participation Cell (PPC) for Municipal Schools headed by the Deputy Municipal Commissioner as a one-window mechanism, so that interested civil society organisations could engage with the BMC Education Department and be provided easier access to civic schools.  It was also agreed that interested NGOs and individuals would organise themselves into a representative body in the PPC to make this dialogue more effective and sustainable. The first meeting of this Focus Group will be held in the third week of December.  For further details, please contact Ms Sushila Shastri or Ms Wreicha Sharma, Save the Children Fund, India.
The next EFA Global Monitoring Report (2008) will focus on the theme of "Reaching the Unreached".  Preparation for the report will be kick-started with an online consultation, for which contributions on national policies that work, the reasons why, lessons learned and examples of failed programmes would be welcome.  More details of the EFA Global Monitoring Report are available here.

UNESCO Policy Brief on Early Childhood No. 35
This Policy Brief analyses the history, achievements and challenges of Colombia's 30-year old Early Childhood Development (ECD) payroll tax to expand investments in children and provides important lessons for other nations.  ECD payroll taxes are one option for increasing private and public support for vulnerable children and families.  For more details click here.

3.       Recommended Reading

From L K Atheeq, SSA Karnataka

A report in a Mangalore-based website on the special efforts made by Karnataka to make inclusive education under SSA meaningful.

From Vyjayanthi Sankar, Educational Initiatives, Ahmedabad.

An exclusive survey of India's top schools by Educational Initiatives exposes alarming gaps in student learning, with performance falling way below international levels.

This paper was presented at the IDPAD (Indo Dutch Programme for Alternative Development) and GAPS (Governance and Policy Spaces) seminar on "Education and Inequality in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal" (21 and 22 September 2006) at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad.  The paper looks at Grade IV (government schools) environmental science textbooks and evaluates their overall quality in terms of not only the physical aspects, but aspects like age-appropriateness and correctness of the language used, error free content, logic and consistency of the flow, relation to the environment of the child, etc.

From Dr M V Ananthakrishnan, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

A report on how technologies based on relevance, availability, portability, repeatability and flexibility were used to impart education to children of three tribes in Maharashtra.

4.      Job Openings and Internships

From Margaret Xavier, Educomp Solutions Ltd., Bangalore

Senior Science Subject Matter Expert/Academician, Educomp Solutions Ltd., Bangalore
Educomp Solution is seeking a senior science expert to help design and develop digital modules of science curriculum content.  The work involves researching and reviewing the relevant subject matter resources such as textbooks, syllabi, sample tests to identify key concepts and then work with instructional designers and graphic artists to build curriculum materials that address them.  For details, click here.

From Pankaj Kumar, Environment - Water and Environmental Sanitation, Solution Exchange

Consultant For Biomass Energy for Rural India (BERI) project, UNDP, New Delhi
The Consultant would be required to assist with the following tasks such as preparation of detailed Terms of Reference for Bio-energy technology package standardization, capacity and institution building, information package generation and dissemination and creation of Investment Risk Fund for replication of BERI project, managing the process for identification of institutions and individuals who can implement the national components, by inviting expressions of interest and proposals, prepare criteria for evaluation of proposals, evaluation of the responses and finalisation of consultant(s) and establishing time-lines and indicators for completion of each activity.  For more details click here.

From Sridhar Iyer, Ernst & Young Foundation

Associate for Ernst & Young Foundation
The Associate would be responsible for overseeing the projects initiated in the city/State and is expected to be in the field all the time either working on Ernst & Young-related projects or assisting Project Partners in the city on their own projects.  Basic knowledge of computers, especially MS Word & Excel is essential.  Please contact for further details.

From Aakash Sethi, International Youth Foundation, Bangalore

The Program Coordinator would be required to understand partner projects and experiments, document promising practices and success stories from projects, facilitate communication between partners, organize workshops and research on interesting experiments which have used technology as a tool in India and across the world.  The organisation would prefer that the candidate has a strong understanding of technology; Web design skills would be an added advantage.  Interested candidates may please contact with their resume and one page on why they would like to do this job.  Last date for receipt of applications is 20th December, 2006.

From Balasubrahmanian S, EZ Vidya Pvt Ltd., Chennai

Project Leads/Senior Executives for Projects on Education for EZ Vidya
The work profile would involve working with schools, setting benchmarks and striving towards improving the teaching-learning process in institutions.  Candidates need to have adequate experience of working in the field of education.  Interested candidates may please contact

From Sridevi, MARCH Consultancy, Hyderabad

Managers in Education Research for MARCH Consultancy
The candidates need to be familiar with the education domain in India and would be responsible for client interaction, designing project proposals, project execution and report writing.  For more details contact

UNICEF India Internship Programme (June 4-August 10, 2007)
UNICEF India is partnering with research and academic institutions to encourage young students and scholars from around the world to engage in development issues pertaining to India's children and women.  The internship offers an opportunity for analysis, research and documentation (written and film) of field level interventions for children in India across a variety of areas: child protection, health, nutrition, education, HIV/AIDS, and water and sanitation.  For more details click here.

Network Activity

Completed Queries between November 1 and December 8, 2006

Issued 21 November 2006
Sought members' views and suggestions in designing an appropriate, logo, theme and slogan for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the context of ongoing consultations with the National Institute of Design.

Issued 14 November 2006
The Karnataka Government's draft policy on inclusive education was shared by a member of the drafting committee with a request for comments, suggestions and inputs for improvement.

Previous Updates

1 November 2006


Community News

Open Queries and Comments

Cross Posted with the ICT for Development Community

Computer Literacy Programmes in India (Examples/Experiences).  Reply by 20 December 2006.

Click here to send in your response.


Recently Held Events


Launch of the ICT for Development Community on November 23, 2006
The new ICT for Development Community was launched at the NASSCOM Foundation's National Consultation on Building ICT Capacities @ the Grassroots, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.  To sign up, click here.  For more details, contact Sajan Venniyoor.

Gender Community – Visioning Workshop
New Delhi, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2006.  For more details, contact Bonani Dhar or Sarika Dhawan.

Solution Exchange– Regional Workshop
Dehradun, November 3, 2006.  Click here for the agenda.

Decentralisation Community's Action Project on Capacity Assessment for Decentralised Planning, Bhopal, November 2, 2006.
For details click here.


From our partners


Children's Day Live Programme-A Fusion of Entertainment and Education at Orissa
On the occasion of Children's Day, November 14, 2006, three special children were felicitated for their extraordinary achievements against adverse socio-economic conditions at a special programme designed by the Doordarshan Kendra, Orissa.  The programme was aimed at inspiring girl children in all corners of the State to enrol in school, especially those living in inaccessible and remote parts.  For more details click here.
Rahul Bose launches scholarship scheme for Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Scholarship Initiative will provide scholarships to six boys and girls from the islands, based on their scholastic proficiency and extra-curricular talent.  The students, chosen for the next academic year, will go to the prestigious Rishi Valley School near Bangalore.  Pupils will be chosen from 100 schools in the rural areas of the islands.  For more details click here.


Sixth Meeting of the High-Level Group on EFA
World leaders and top officials of international organisations met to renew their pledge for Education For All at the Sixth Meeting of the High Level Group on EFA in Cairo, Egypt, from 14-16 November 2006.  The central theme of the meeting this year was Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).  To view the communiqué click here.

The EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007- Early Childhood Care and Education

The EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007, "Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education", was released in India by Mr. Keshav Desiraju and Mr. S C Khuntia, Joint Secretaries in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, on November 8, 2006.  For the complete report click here.



"I would like to thank members of Solution Exchange for their very useful comments and feedback on the draft policy document for Inclusive Education in Karnataka.  We shall incorporate these in the document before the State-level workshop to be held during this month and before the policy is submitted to the Government."

Ruma Banerjee, Seva-in-Action, Bangalore


Many thanks to all who contributed to this issue!

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