As per a report, India is among the countries in the developing world that are successfully experimenting with innovative teaching techniques in an effort to spread learning across the nation.
It was revealed at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) by the Washington DC-based Brookings Institution which used areas in rural India covered by education charity 'Pratham' as part of its research for the 'Millions Learning: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries' report.
It was found that Pratham's 'Read India' programme was proving an effective model that could be replicated around India. This programme is aimed at students who are unable to keep up with the level of teaching in their classrooms. They organised extra tutoring for these kids and have come up with different ways of organising this. It has become very effective in increasing reading levels
Examples from African countries were used to try and throw up strategies needed to scale up effective teaching practices in parts of the developing world by the influential think tank.
The focus of this report is to see how this transformational change from the slums of New Delhi to the rainforest in Brazil is happening and what governments, civil society, and the private sector can do to more actively scale up quality learning.
As per the estimates, there is a 100-year gap between education levels in developing and developed countries and with business as usual in the education sector this gap is not projected to change. Many children having spent four years in school in a developing country lack the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. Already countries are struggling to help young people develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and collaborative problem solving.
The programme concludes that scaling quality learning initiatives require open, adaptive, and flexible education systems that fully leverage the range of skills and comparative advantage that various state and non-state partners bring. Also, besides government having the central responsibility, all stakeholders, from social innovators who can experiment and take risks to government agencies that are essential for any education effort to spread nationally, need to work in tandem.