Samina Bano, Founder, Chairperson, RightWalk Foundation was listed as one among India's Top Ed-Influencer in SCOONEWS, Volume 2, Edition 6 of the January 2018 edition. In this edition, SCOONEWS covered stories of band of committed educationists, bat tling the odds, and ideating pedagogy and processing innovations to revitalise the education system as it exists in India
in the cover story, Samina spoke of 'The Top 5 Things We Need to Do to Build the School of the Future in India':
Strengthening existing institutions in Public as well as Private Education System to make it equitably accessible for all, delivering high quality and an inclusive space welcoming every child regardless of her socio-economic background. This will primarily involve investing in people, policy, system design, capacity building, accountability systems and technology integration.
Enabling Socially-Inclusive classrooms which are representations of the real world where people of all backgrounds and abilities co-exist. Social inclusion within Private schools would not only benefits the poor, but also make rich children more pro-social and generous.
Data-driven and technology enabled internal as well public accountability systems around Public schools in order to improve Governance and monitoring, thereby delivering better learning outcome. An innovative approach could be giving students a voice thus enabling children to share their feedbacks with the authorities regarding the functioning of their schools, and recognizing them as the change makers of their school system.
Judicious Regulation of private schools, since 53% children are attending private schools while there is no regulatory body to control their functioning, commercialization, monopoly, segregation, uncontrolled fee hike and parents’ harassment.
Developing Teacher cadre as a highly qualified, trained and passionate professionals with adequate autonomy, learning / teaching tools and performance based career path. Public Education System has to move beyond teacher unions and political involvements so that it can be transformed into a student welfare program from a teacher employment program.
Whether it is pushing the boundaries or changing the face of education in India, their contribution to the education sector is exemplary . They are the ones making a difference, and their innovation within their sphere of work, deserves to be showcased. Naturally, when it comes to building India’s School of the Future, India’s top education influencers are best equipped to shine the light and show the way.