We are going to Bangalore, India, next week to EduTech Campus event together with several Finnish companies to visit Indian academics, education related companies, and schools.
The above infographics is from an Tutored and Trained, a Mumbai based company we hope to meet, which represents educational institutes around India that have implemented progressive ideas, better teaching practices, and more involved and effective staff to bring new life into old institutions, and to help newer institutions flourish. The numbers are astonishing.
- 50% of primary school teachers have not finished secondary school
- 25% teacher absenteeism. I remember reading about similar numbers from Africa, where the explanation was that teachers had poor pay and had to work parallel jobs just to make ends meet.
- 41.7% of Std. 2 students unable to read alphabet
- 46.5% of Std. V students unable to do subtraction
- 230 million students in 1.4 million schools
Obviously, there are lots of good schools and teachers in India, many of whom we’ll likely meet on this trip, but nationwide there are challenges, which companies like ours could help overcome together with local companies sharing the same objectives.
LUPO was developed with best-in-class Finnish primary school teachers as a method, which engages all students and can be applied to unlimited learning objectives. The method has been tested and proven in multiple schools in Finland and Northern Ireland. During this trip, we hope to have a chance to test it further in some primary schools in the Bangalore area in India.
LUPO EDU section of our web site is our starting point for an educator community platform, where we share pedagogical packages that apply LUPO to learning objectives. We have already our first modules for literature, sciences and entrepreneurship available for download free of charge. Our vision for this service is, that we will develop it into a community platform, where educators can co-create new modules, share experiences, and re-use modules created by others. There is an opportunity to co-create this with partners.
Thinking of the Indian context, LUPO EDU could be viewed as a shortcut for improving the quality of teaching of India’s millions of existing teachers. The LUPO cards are low-cost and low-tech, not requiring huge investments nor computing resources in the classroom. The online resources are highly scalable and adaptable at a low cost, enabling continued training of existing teachers as well as teacher students. We currently offer face-to-face trainings, which we would like to explore scaling with Indian teacher training companies as well as by developing online versions of these courses.
Finally, we are interested in partnering also with companies and institutions, whose interest it is to improve the quality of education in India on a large scale and who may want to address that interest by helping us ramp up distribution of LUPO cards, teacher training services and co-creation community with Indian schools and teachers.
Looking forward to meeting many interesting people with whom we can together help improve the quality of education in India as well as in many other places. Next week, I can follow-up by sharing our experiences and learnings fresh on our flight back. Until then!
Author: Nouri Mikko Werdi