Tata Institute and UNESCO tackle ‘education’ challenges with Mumbai State of Education Report


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with its research partner, the Center of Excellence for Teacher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, has launched the Marathi language summary version of the State of Education Report 2021 (SOER) for India.

The State of Education Report (SOER) for India, which is the annual flagship report of UNESCO New Delhi, is based on in-depth research of national and international priorities in the field of education .

The theme of teachers, teaching and teacher training was central to this third edition of the State of Education Report. The report also highlights that the work of teaching is complex and attempts to provide an understanding of key aspects of the teaching profession, while providing a profile of the 9.6 million teachers, as well as the challenges of their complex routine and their professional development. .

“With the recently launched National Education Policy 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic forming its crucial context, this report aims to highlight the progress and achievements made in India, as well as the persistent challenges facing the country, showcasing promising practices and outlining possible directions for future growth,” said Eric Falt, Director of UNESCO New Delhi.

Professor Shalini Bharat, Director of TISS, said: “The pandemic has shown us the importance of teachers and the need to support them to adapt and meet challenges. Investing in teachers is the best preparation for the future.

The UNESCO State of Education Report for India also aims to serve as a benchmark for improving the implementation of the NEP and towards the achievement of SDG4 target 4c on teachers.

The report also examines teachers’ experience with ICT and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the teaching profession. The report suggests that most teachers have positive attitudes and beliefs about integrating technology into education and new teaching and learning techniques. They also expressed the need to have the necessary support in this regard, according to SOER.

The report further presents a set of ten action-oriented recommendations to address the challenges facing the teaching profession in India, which aims to contribute to the achievement of the NEP 2020 vision and goal of “ ensuring quality education for all in the country”.

Improve employment conditions in public and private schools, increase the number of teachers and improve working conditions in northeastern states, rural areas and “aspirational districts”, recognize teachers as workers of front line, increasing the number of physical education, music, art classes, vocational education, early childhood and special education teachers, building career paths for teachers, restructuring pre-service professional development and strengthening curriculum and pedagogy reform, supporting communities of practice, providing teachers with meaningful ICT training, and developing education governance through through consultative processes, on mutual accountability are the ten recommendations suggested by the report.

A team of expert researchers from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, under the guidance of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, worked to create the report on the state of education in India.

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Posted: Wednesday 06 April 2022, 21:44 IST


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