Building the Foundation

The conference will bring together educators, policy makers, and administrators from Delhi, other parts of India, and the world to have a dialogue around what makes an effective and equitable education system. We hope to build a collective commitment to education in India, so that every child, no matter where he or she lives, is assured high quality education.

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Eminent experts, academics, educators, policy-makers in the field of education will join us  to spark insightful conversation on the subject as we look towards the future of educational development in India.

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Conference Schedule

JANUARY 11, 2021

REPORT LAUNCH BY BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP ON DELHI EDUCATION REFORMS
14:30 – 15:00 IST

Session Objective: An independent study of the Delhi education reforms between 2015 and 2020 was conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). It has captured in great detail the processes, structures, and initiatives that have led to the evolution of the Delhi Education Model.

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH KEY ARCHITECTS OF DELHI REFORMS
15:00 – 16:30 IST

Session Objective: Key Architects of the Delhi education reforms will be engaged in a panel discussion reflecting on the previous reforms, the journey so far, and setting the context for the new age of education reforms.

Panelists: Manish Sisodia, Atishi, Shailendra Sharma, H. Rajesh Prasad, Udit Prakash Rai, Saumya Gupta, Padmini Singla

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY MS. LUCY CREHAN
17:00 – 18:30 IST

Session Objective: Discussing the key aspects and challenges to building a high-performing education system, which is also effective and equitable.


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JANUARY 12, 2021

PANEL SESSION 1: GETTING CHILDREN READY FOR FORMAL LEARNING
17:00 – 19:00 IST

Session Objective: This panel will aim to define the foundations of formal learning, what children should learn before they begin to learn in school, and how policymakers and educators in India should build these right foundations and what their immediate and long term priorities should be.

Panelists: Venita Kaul, Sebastian Suggate, Tuuli Mäkinen, Divya Jalan

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JANUARY 13, 2021

PANEL SESSION 2: TREAT TEACHERS AS PROFESSIONALS
17:00 – 19:00 IST

Session Objective: To find strategies to define teachers’ career structure, job description, and autonomy, as well as to steer teacher development programmes in Delhi/India in a professional direction. The panel shall identify changes needed at the institutional, structural, and operational level in order to ensure a cadre of competent, well trained, and motivated teachers.

Panelists: Jelmer Evers, Harry Fletcher Wood, Subramanian Giridhar, Vimala Ramachandran

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JANUARY 14, 2021

PANEL SESSION 3: SUPPORT CHILDREN TO TAKE ON CHALLENGES RATHER THAN MAKING CONCESSIONS 
17:00 – 19:00 IST

Session Objective: Current education systems, particularly in India, struggle with an “either-or” situation – mastery for some OR minimum learning for all. The objective of this session is to understand how to transform this to a high quality effective learning for all?

Panelists: Yeap Ban Har, Jeremy Hodgen, Pranav Kothari, Lant Pritchett, Amit Kaushik

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JANUARY 15, 2021

PANEL SESSION 4: DESIGNING CURRICULA CONCEPTS FOR MASTERY AND CONTEXT FOR MOTIVATION 17:00 – 19:00 IST Session Objective: This session aims to deliberate on how curricula should be designed so as to best support students to develop the knowledge and skills required for self- growth and participation in society, and access to future opportunities. How best to do this in a context where within each grade there is a wide range of learning levels among children. Panelists: Berinderjeet Kaur, Tim Oates, Rukmini Banerji, Subir Shukla

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JANUARY 16, 2021

PANEL SESSION 5: COMBINE SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY WITH SCHOOL SUPPORT 17:00 – 19:00 IST Session Objective: Suggest how schools in Delhi/India can not just be held accountable, but also supported to improve. The panel shall deliberate on possible interventions targeted at teachers to enable schools improve their performance. Panelists: Deirdre Kinsella Biss, Lee Crawfurd, Yamini Aiyar, Aditya Natraj

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JANUARY 17, 2021

RECAPITULATION OF PREVIOUS DAYS
16:30-17:00 IST

Summarising and reflecting on the discussions from the conference.

CLOSING CEREMONY
17:00-19:00 IST

We began the conference by reflecting on Delhi’s experience of implementing education reforms over the past five years which has brought an education revolution in Delhi schools. Then, we captured insights from successful education systems around the world on the lines of Lucy Crehan’s much talked about book Cleverlands and explored different themes like foundational learning, curriculum, school accountability among others.

As we come to a close, we will deliberate on our learnings from the last six days and chart a roadmap for future education reforms. The discussion will feature political leaders, policy makers, and researchers from India and abroad.

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School Education Reforms in Delhi (2015-2020)

An independent report by Boston Consulting Group

An independent study of the Delhi Education Reforms between 2015 and 2020 was conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report captures in great detail the processes, structures, and initiatives that have led to the evolution of the Delhi Education Model. This report was launched in the inaugural session of the Delhi Education Conference on 12th January 2020, by Honbl. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia.
You can view and download the report below.

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