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FICCI ARISE Indian School Education leaders' delegation visits New York and Boston

May 21, 2018

Delegation focused on understanding diverse models of American schools


NEW DELHI, 21 May 2018: FICCI Alliance for Re-imagining School Education (FICCI-ARISE) mounted a high-powered delegation of Policy Makers, Promoters and Educators of leading Indian Private and Public K-12 Schools to USA from May 14-18, 2018.


Mr. Anil Swarup, Secretary (SE&L), MHRD, Govt. of India led the delegation. The key objective of the delegation was to facilitate the visiting members to observe and understand the American model of educational development in K-12 space and gain broad exposure to schools' systems and processes. The purpose was not only to experience key aspects of K-12 education at various innovative schools, especially in matters related to pastoral care, innovative pedagogical practices and ICT integration, but also showcase the best practices of Indian education system at a global platform and explore meaningful academic partnership opportunities. More than 20 leading educators and change makers were part of the delegation.


"The delegation was a great opportunity to observe and understand diverse models of schools that not only mainstream vocational education and special needs but also employ revolutionary teaching methods, ground breaking curricula that go beyond the four walls of a classroom. We also interfaced with leaders doing phenomenal work in the field of teacher education and development" said Mr. Anil Swarup, Secretary (SE&L), MHRD.


The delegation visited various institutes in New York and Boston region that havereconceptualised the idea of a school by creating an inspiring learning environment in unexpected places, and by using the architectural design to guide learning. Some of the schools included Philips Exeter Academy, Brooklyn Technical High, United Nations International School, Green Ivy Schools, Avenues: The World School, MET High School etc.


The delegation also had an interactive session with the Indian American students at Harvard Graduate School of Education on the role of private and government sectors in the future of the Indian Education system.


Mr. Manit Jain, Co-Chairman, FICCI ARISE and Co-founder, The Heritage Group of Schools said, "The growth of new school models in the US reflect a deep desire for personalized learning and promoting 'student' agency, with greater possibility for efficiency and innovation. He added," through this study mission, the Indian group of educators got a perspective on the overall school administration, reforms and innovation in the country to understand the future of learning."