CSF to Host Education Conclave on Foundational Learning and steps to make Bharat NIPUN

CSF Education Conclave 2023
  • BaSE: Bharat Survey for EdTech, a unique household survey aimed at bringing the perspective of EdTech users from Bharat to the discourse around EdTech, has been launched.
  • A fireside chat featuring Sanjay Kumar IAS, Secretary, Dept. of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, will discuss the progress made under the NIPUN Bharat Mission.
  • Global Foundational Learning experts will deliver key speeches on India’s progress in foundational literacy with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

New Delhi, April 6, 2023: Central Square Foundation (CSF), a prominent non-profit organization dedicated to primary education, is preparing to host its annual conference, the ‘CSF Education Conclave 2023,’ on April 11, 2023, in New Delhi, India.

The theme for the inaugural edition of the conference is ‘Building a Strong Foundation for School Education in India.’ The main objective is to generate conversations around the status of foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN) skill building and the resulting learning outcomes in India. Additionally, the event will highlight the importance of Education Technology (EdTech) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) as critical levers for strengthening foundational learning for children across all states in India.

The CSF Education Conclave 2023 will feature a range of curated panel discussions with education experts, interactive talks by teachers and students, and one-to-one interactions with government stakeholders. One notable highlight of the event will be a fireside chat with Sanjay Kumar IAS, Secretary, Dept. of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, and Ashish Dhawan, Founder-CEO, The Convergence Foundation. During this session, they will discuss the objectives laid out in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the NIPUN Bharat Mission to bring quality education to all classrooms in India.

Another significant aspect of the conference will be the unveiling of CSF’s first household survey, BaSE: Bharat Survey for EdTech. The survey aimed to bring the voice of the end-user in Bharat (India) to the discourse on EdTech. The survey findings can act as a common frame of reference for policymakers, educators, and tech innovators to build on the agenda of leveraging technology for improving the quality of education for all. Conducted between November 2022 and January 2023, the survey covered over 6,000 households with parents and guardians of children studying in government and affordable private schools across six diverse states of India.

The conference’s first panel discussion, titled “Ideas Corner 1: Moving the needle on FLN: From commitment to Change,” will focus on mainstreaming conversations on system-led reforms across states that are implementing the NIPUN Bharat mission. The speakers for this session will include Dr. Anshaj Singh IAS (State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Dept. of Education, Govt. of Haryana), Sh. S. Dhanaraju IAS (Director, Rajya Shiksha Kendra, Dept. of School Education, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh), and Sh. Vijay Kiran Anand IAS (Director General, Dept. of Basic Education, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh).

Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja, CEO & MD of Central Square Foundation, commented, “With over 1.5 million schools and 260 million students, India has one of the largest and most complex education systems in the world. Through this conclave, we aim to bring to the forefront a core challenge to this system i.e. increasing learning poverty among our children and hence, the need for collective focus on ensuring early learning outcomes of all children are met.”

Overall, the CSF Education Conclave 2023 aims to facilitate meaningful discussions on crucial aspects of primary education in India and identify actionable solutions to improve the quality of education for all.


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