Reflections from the Bangalore GLocal on Fostering An Equitable Education Culture

On January 14th, Mantra4Change’s Shweta Eidnani, in collaboration with HundrEd, successfully hosted the first Glocal of 2020. It aimed to acknowledge innovations working towards fostering an equitable culture in schools and school systems. The topic of ‘Fostering an Equitable Education Culture’ was chosen in an attempt to focus on the SDG4 as well as draw attention to the challenge on inequity while exploring sub-themes such as;

  1. Bring together a diverse set of people together
  2. Create an opportunity for people to engage in rich and meaningful conversations around each of the sub-themes
  3. Foster cross-pollination of ideas amongst presenters and participants

Over 60+ attendees were at Atta Galatta, Bangalore engaging in powerful conversations of change. Various organizations presented their work in equity, which included Aneer, who took the audience through their work in Early Childhood education. Redes de Tutoria spoke on the importance of Peer learning to foster equity while Dream A Dream explained how they are promoting equity through 21-century skills. Umoya explores how sports can be used as a form of inclusion and shared their journey along with Shiksharth, an organization working with children living in conflict zones and providing them with equitable education. Mantra4Change also presented their concept of fostering equity by working towards bringing about a systemic education change through leadership. 

Post the presentations; the participants came together to brainstorm on the challenges posed by our presenters. This provided everyone with the opportunity to collaborate at a deeper level. Together, the three groups were able to come up with tangible solutions to the problems posed; these solutions are now published on the Shikshalokam platform. 

To take the spirit of collaboration ahead, Mantra4Change’s CoLab is building a network of passionate educators and organize periodic group discussions. These group discussions called ‘Learning Loops” will aim to bring together individuals interested in solving problems from the field and possibly also device an action plan for the same.

Contributed by Shweta Eidnani, Team CoLab, Mantra4Change

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