EdIndia Foundation, the CSR arm of Sterlite Power, has recently partnered with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO MGIEP) to train more than 10,000 rural teachers across Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The collaboration will enable government teachers to leverage digital tools and integrate socio-emotional context while teaching. While the training on digital learning will help build competence to use technology, to enhance choice and engagement, the course on SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) will equip teachers with a rich pool of hands-on learning activities to enhance students’ performance. The objective of this training intervention is to build a pool of certified master trainers and key academic resources out of state teachers’ cadre. The training intervention shall be in the form of a self-paced interactive certificate module developed by the UNESCO MGIEP.
Ayan Chatterjee, Head – EdIndia said, “UNESCO MGIEP and EdIndia will work together to organise a series of online workshops for master trainers. They, in turn, will train government teachers, both in-service and pre-service, with whom EdIndia is working across Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.”
Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development said, “We are pleased to partner with EdIndia to train 10,000 teachers in digital learning and SEL to impart skills which are really the need of the hour in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital learning is here to stay – and it really needs to go beyond the regular PDFs and PowerPoint presentations towards a more pedagogical, immersive, and engaging experience for the young. Skills in digital teacher training are critical for learning in the metaverse. Furthermore, SEL will help build emotional resilience for teachers and students in this ever-changing uncertain world.”
Underlining the collaboration, Sonakshi Agarwal, Director, Sterlite EdIndia Foundation (EdIndia), said, “We are excited about the potential of this partnership. This comes at a crucial time when the need for schools to integrate SEL into their curriculum and for teachers to leverage digital learning is greater than ever.”
During the pandemic, EdIndia Foundation, partnered with various state education departments to build teacher capacity on digital pedagogy, training more than two lakh teachers across 40,000+ government schools. Prioritising government schoolteachers, EdIndia conducted 56 virtual capacity building sessions around the usage of digital tools and pedagogy. These learning sessions enabled teachers to adapt to a remote learning environment, indirectly benefitting more than four million students across various states in India. EdIndia is exploring partnerships to scale up its innovative projects in the domain of pre-service teacher capacity building and building data-driven educational eco-systems.
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