In the last 15 years, since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, India has made much progress on access to primary and secondary education. Despite this, India faces challenges in improving the quality of education. Bold policy decisions, like modern and practical syllabus reforms, need to be made to ensure maximum impact in the long run.
In the 21st century, change has predominantly been driven digitally. India’s most important asset is her human capital. Shaping the future begins today, and education has always the first step in shaping the minds of future generations. However, the track record of education policy adapting to this digital age and effectively addressing these demands has been questionable. Education must be able to harness the information made available through technology and come up with innovative solutions to teach our youth.
Simply digitising processes won't be enough; the real revolution will be when technology becomes a medium of learning, like any other language, because technology is a language that has broken barriers of borders and possibilities.
The BrihanMumbai Corporation can lead the charge towards this digitising of education. As the municipal corporation of one of India’s most urban city, the BMC can implement novel methods to improve teaching at the classroom level in Mumbai. Apart from being the first municipal corporation in India to introduce two-way virtual classrooms via satellite for 400 classrooms, the BMC has now initiated the process of providing tablets in all the existing languages of teaching to all schools in the city.
Virtual classrooms have led to improved educational results, and we hope to see children's learning in these schools improve even further with the introduction of tablets. By modernising the classrooms through this initative, the BMC has taken vital steps towards reforming education in Mumbai. However, a lot is yet to be done.
Mumbai is the perfect place to implement and measure outcomes for large-scale policy programs like these. We must also create an ecosystem that will help scale these programs once they are proven to be a success. This digital push will not be possible without collective action by government, corporates, and civil society, as we must ensure that the best is given to education, and the best is taken from education.
Digital education can transform the way education is delivered across the city, state, and eventually, the country. Digital education will help ensure that all of India’s students receive a high-quality standard education--one that will lead to the overall betterment of our society.
We add 25 million children to our population every year. We must be willing to invest the resources to give these students the right start and a fighting chance. The time for debate on these issues is over. Now is the time for immediate and bold action, and Mumbai must pave the way for this education revolution.
Ensuring Quality Education is a critical step to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next 15 years, as we move towards our objective, we must prioritise India’s students; only then will we see the end of extreme poverty.