Bringing change in school education
The second edition of School of Tomorrow, an annual international conference on education, will be held simultaneously in the Capital and three other cities — Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai — on December 7.delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 00:04 IST
The second edition of School of Tomorrow, an annual international conference on education, will be held simultaneously in the Capital and three other cities — Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai — on December 7.
According to iDiscoveri, one of the organisers of School of Tomorrow, the conference will offer a platform to schools to engage in high-quality dialogue with leaders from all walks of life and create "a momentum for progressive change in school education".
Said Ashish Rajpal, CEO of iDiscoveri Education: "This event is an effort to bring together over thousand leaders from respected schools across the four cities, along with international education experts, entrepreneurs and policy-makers to give shape to the future of school education."
At the conference, eminent speakers, such as former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Peter Senge from MIT, professor David Perkins from Harvard University and Gurcharan Das, author and ex-CEO of P&G, will provide actionable vision for the schools from an Indian and international perspective, Rajpal said.
Organised in association with Hindustan Times, School of Tomorrow will open with two keynote addresses: one from Dr Kalam, who will outline his vision for the kind of citizen India needs to emerge as a knowledge superpower, and another from Harvard’s professor Perkins, who will speak on effective schools of future.
"I was happy to know that it (the conference) aims at providing a knowledge seminar and communication forum for school leaders and educationists across the nation to facilitate discussion on the pressing needs of the education system," said the former President.
Said professor Perkins: "Traditionally we educate for the known, (but) … Here we envision the opportunities and challenges of educating not just for the known but the unknown."
The first edition of School of Tomorrow, hosted in 2009, witnessed participation from more than 250 schools.
At last year's conference 'Adopt a School' programme was launched, under which allows corporate houses to participate in improving the learning outcomes in low-income schools.