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UNFPA to launch videos on life- skills education in India

Aug 01, 2013

The training videos for tutors are intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

The United Nations Population Fund and India’s Ministry of HRD launch the integration of life- skills education in National Open School curriculum, with the release of training videos for tutors to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

This initiative marks a paradigm shift in education with the introduction of participatory methods in class- room teaching. These teaching- learning videos demonstrate the effective use of interactive approaches that enrich subject content and provide real- life connect for young students to enable them to negotiate real- life situations, challenge stereotypes  and make healthy choices.

India’s Ministry of HRD plans to expand the availability and use of these teaching tools to improve quality of learning in formal schools across the country.

According to UNFPA, integrating adolescent health and well- being concerns in the school curriculum is one of the most promising ways to empower young people, particularly girls to make informed and responsible decisions.

“The greatest returns on investment come from investing in adolescent girls. Educated and healthy girls have the opportunity to reach their full potential and claim their human rights,” said Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative India and Bhutan.

The National Institute of Open Schooling provides a second chance at education to lakhs of boys and girls people who drop out of school. The fact that 5 lakh young people enrolled for NIOS courses at secondary and senior secondary level in the academic year 2011-12 suggests that open schooling is fulfilling a significant need for young people’s educational aspirations.

Improving the quality of education at NIOS will benefit the disadvantaged yet motivated group of self-learners who work hard to beat the systematic odds against them.

This effort brings alive the spirit of the National Curriculum Framework 2005, the guiding document for school education in India that emphasizes learner-centric approaches to improve the quality of learning.This vision cannot be achieved unless the capacities of teachers are enhanced. These teaching- learning videos are aimed at fulfilling this need.

It is hoped that these videos will not only reach out to NIOS tutors but also inspire teachers in formal schools and other trainers who work with young people to innovate within classroom spaces to make teaching and learning a joyful experience.

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