FORUM2015: “I HAD THE ANSWER, BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE THE QUESTION.”

A lunchtime session on Pratham’s work teaching children in India surfaced great lessons on the importance – and limitations – of storytelling. Pratham’s new CEO, Rukmini Banerji, captured the audience’s imagination with a powerful story, at the same time as she highlighted that action is inspired by a different sort of experience entirely.

VIDEO: Measuring the learning progress of all children – Panel discussion

As a new set of education goals are drafted, improving quality and learning is likely to be more central to the post-2015 global development agenda. One important question to ask is – how can we measure the learning progress of all children? Ten years ago, citizens in India started using basic reading and arithmetic tools at home to systematically assess for themselves what their children are able to do.

Between RTE and ‘Make in India’: A Gap

There is a strange gap in India — a gap for young people between the ages of 14 and 18. The Right to Education (RTE) Act guarantees free and compulsory education up to the age of 14. The Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 for the care and protection of children (Section 26) prohibits the employment of children below the age of 18. Rough calculations suggest that today, the 14-18 population is close to 100 million. So, how are we as a country dealing with those who are over 14 but still below 18? What do we expect of them?