Festival Celebrates and Plans For The Future of Education

This past August, The Education Partners joined educators from around the world at the Festival of Education in Jaipur, India. Through a variety of events and panel discussions, including an address by Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, the Festival addressed innovative teaching techniques and the future of education. The weekend inspired attendees to embrace our transforming world and let education expand through art and technology.

Rajasthan has made tremendous strides in improving the educational system through a strategic plan aimed at improving school effectiveness. According to The Times of India, at the beginning of 2017, “the quality of education in Rajasthan has increased 8-20% in last two years.” It is projected that India will have the “second largest graduate talent pipeline” in the world before 2021. Clearly the Rajasthan state of education has an ambitious agenda in education excellence, and the Festival’s aimed to enhance this success by bringing together the best and the brightest.

The Education Partners CEO Denise Gallucci’s presentation, “Transforming Education: Policy Through Implementation,” encouraged partnerships between government and private education. She also pushed for improving all levels of education, from school infrastructure to student performance. CLO Dr. Mary Elizabeth Wilson also appeared in the panel discussion “The Future of Education,” joined by Lina Ashar, Founder Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd., Hazel Siromoni, Managing Director of Maple Bear India, and Timothy Difato, Associate Director of Business Development, Digital Worlds Institute, University of Florida. As a group, they discussed polices that could potentially “transform the current education scenario in the country…”

A true collaboration, the Festival of Education included the dance performance Antaragni and an appearance by the Shilliong Chamber Choir, winner of the second season of India’s Got Talent. GEMS Education Group President Amreesh Chandra brought the Festival to a close by proclaiming: “I strongly believe that the two-day Jaipur education festival has given us the confidence and conviction to become agents of lasting changes in our education system…” Through celebration as well as learning, the One Young Rajasthan’s Festival truly was a “Master Class.”