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Teaching teachers in India

29-08-2017

Education is a key part in achieving the progress of people and communities. It is an essential part of sustainable development and one of the most important tools to build a more just and inclusive society, as well as to help break the generational poverty cycles.

India passed the Law of Education Law in 2009, which proved a catalyst for resources and support to reduce barriers to entry to the education system. In fact, in the last 15 years, it has significantly improved access to primary education.

In spite of that, the system implanted from the Law has received critics by giving priority to the quantitative aspect over the qualitative one; In addition, even more than six million children remain outside school while only half of those enrolled meet the basic literacy standards after five years of class. Since the introduction of the Law, Humana People to People India (HPPI) works with the support of the Foundation at the hands of the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) in order to train effective and motivated teachers.

Development of the abilities and capacities of the teachers

HPPI and DIET endeavor jointly to develop the skills and abilities of the teaching staff in order to implement a focus focused on the students, creating a change in attitudes towards teaching, far from the idea of ​​learning based on the Memorization of contents In 2016, the HPPI program was implemented in 22 DIET of the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar; Since 2010, more than 7,000 new teachers have graduated.

Shweta Sharma is one of the graduates: last year she started giving primary school classes at the Santa Madre Public School in Haryana. The level of a part of the 36 students in their class was considered below the minimum access to the school. In spite of it, all have succeeded in moving to the second year before the end of the year. Monika Kashyap, the school's director, attributes this success to Sharma's focus on students and work. "The way to orient their classes and the emotion that transmits to the students is very different from the one of other teachers of the school" explains Kashyap. "All their students obtained good results and demonstrated a great capacity to assimilate the knowledge".

Last year the Foundation paid 135,788 euros to education projects in India, from the funds generated with the valuation of used clothing.

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