Role of budget private schools in improving education outcomes
National Independent Schools Alliance, an initiative of Centre for Civil Society, held its second annual School Leaders Summit (SLS) at India International Centre, New Delhi on 26 September 2013.
The event was successfully hosted with support from the Acumen Fund (AF), Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and Gray Matters Capital (GMC).
The national conference received an over whelming response and saw the participation of 186 delegates from 18 states of India.
Budget private school leaders, educationists, researchers, investors, school principals and proprietors came together at the conference to examine the role of budget private schools in the education space, and to share and explore opportunities and innovative practices to improve quality of schooling and student performance.
There were four very engaging panel discussions, which were well debated and researched. The conference was graced by several stellar personalities, which included Amit Kaushik former Director Education of Strategy, India and SAARC, Aditya Natraj Founder Director of Kaivalya Education Foundation, Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Sridhar Rajagopalan Managing Director, Educational Initiatives and Amit Virmani of Absolute Return for Kids. They spoke on critical issues ranging from, Barriers to the Choice of Education, Running of Great Low-Fee Private Schools, School Leadership Training and School Financing models. Delegates got the opportunity not only to gain insight and interact with the esteemed panellists, but also had the chance to network with a diverse cross-section of individuals in the education space and share their learnings. Service Providers also got the space to showcase and test the validity of their innovative practices.
The summit served as an important step in helping the National Independent Schools Alliance achieve its dual aim of strengthening advocacy efforts for budget private schools with the government, amplifying the voice of these schools that currently face closure in the face of Right to Education norms for school recognition; and improving the quality of schooling and student performance in these schools.
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