New Zealand G2G and India - towards a sustainable partnership in education
Column by: Sushrutha Metikurke
This report outlines NZ G2G recommendations for building a sustainable partnership in education between New Zealand G2G and India. By fostering collaborations and sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources, both countries can leverage their respective strengths to enhance educational outcomes.
These recommendations emphasise the importance of supporting India’s education reform programmes, fostering teacher education and professional development, leveraging multilateral agencies, promoting diversity and inclusion, and prioritising knowledge exchange.
1. Strengthen Collaboration and Partnerships: Prioritise the establishment and enhancement of partnerships and collaborations with India in the field of education. This can be achieved by engaging with both central and state governments in India. These partnerships should focus on addressing shared challenges, exchanging knowledge and expertise, and promoting mutual learning.
2. Support Education Reform Programmes: New Zealand G2G can actively support India’s ongoing education reform programmes, particularly under the National Education Policy 2020. Our government can offer its expertise in areas such as innovative pedagogies, inclusive education, integration of technology, and early childhood education. By assisting in the development of a National Curriculum and Pedagogical Framework, New Zealand G2G can help India align its educational standards with global benchmarks.
3. Foster Teacher Education and Professional Development: New Zealand G2G’s experience in teacher education and professional development can be shared with India. We can work with Indian counterparts, such as the National Council for Education, Research, and Training (NCERT), to develop systems and programmes that improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher education. This collaboration should focus on incorporating culturally responsive pedagogy, technology integration, and inclusive teaching practices.
4. Support Skills Development Initiatives: New Zealand G2G can actively engage with Indian state governments, especially those involved in establishing Skill Universities such as Maharashtra and Assam, to address the shortfall of adequately skilled youth and drive economic growth.
5. Leverage Multilateral Agencies: Explore opportunities for collaboration with multilateral agencies, e.g. the World Bank and ADB in areas such as teacher education, communities of learning, decolonisation of education, and digital pedagogies.
6. Diversity and Inclusion: We can work closely with our Indian counterparts to ensure that educational systems and programmes in both countries promote diversity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness as well as cater to the needs and aspirations of diverse learner populations.
7. Monitor and Evaluate Partnerships: Establish mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of partnerships and collaborations with India in the education sector. This will help identify areas of success and areas that require improvement, allowing for continuous learning and refinement of strategies.
See article in Kia Ora India Magazine: https://issuu.com/inzbc/docs/kiaora_india_jun2023_v5_low/21