Aligned to the vision of the Catalyst 2030, the India Education Collaborative (IEC) aims to bring together social change innovators to achieve SDG4 and related goals by 2030. It will act as a platform for catalysing collaboration, co-creation and collective action.
The Making of India Education Collaborative(IEC)
Education in India necessitates an urgent action.The challenge of educational inequity in the context of India can be looked at from three mutually reinforcing lenses –
As a country, we have been a perennial poor-performer in SDG4. It is imperative that we focus on education transformation in India on a war-footing if we don’t want generations of children growing up ill-equipped to deal with challenges and demands of the 21st century world. Multi-dimensional expertise will be needed – research, design, implementation, advocacy, liasoning to name a few. The complexity of the challenge warrants all hands on deck.
"Orchestrating collective action is no more a choice, but a need of the hour. "
Mission of education equity and the approach of collective action
To build multi-stakeholder alignment among the actors in Government, CSOs, funding ecosystem, academia, market actors etc, the IEC will play the role of an evangelist by creating spaces for continuous dialogue and discussion. These spaces help shape a shared vision and build trust among the diverse actors. It will create a learning ecosystem on the what, why and how of systems change in education, and on the audacious vision brought to the fore by the NEP 2020.
Knowledge assets to democratise access to evidence-informed practices
The IEC will apply its resources to partner with academia and practitioners to design and publish open-source knowledge assets, including reports, guidelines, case studies, recommendations, program frameworks, based on global and local evidence-informed practices. Providing democratised access to such insights and experiences will facilitate accelerated action on the field.
Prototypes and programs to demonstrate the power of collective action
Action is at the heart of creating trust and proof points. The IEC will facilitate the coming together of people and resources, and will enable conditions at both the union and local levels for collective action towards education change to happen. Eg catalyse bold curriculum reforms, enable systemic transformation efforts towards improved student outcomes, reimagine mentoring for teachers and students, energise the efforts towards improved student agency etc.