Working Together To Raise the Level of Teaching Mathematics & Science in Bangalore

Three-year SIF-Parikrma partnership kickstarts a scalable and sustainable collaboration between Singaporean and Indian primary school educators focusing on pedagogical and assessment methods.

SIVs with the first batch of teacher trainees from government schools in Bangalore and Parikrma Humanity Foundation schools. The project builds capacity by equipping these teachers with skills to become Master Trainers, so they can, in turn, share knowledge with their peers and impact the education sector in Karnataka. Over 700 teachers would benefit from the Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement Project.

In a classroom in central Bangalore, there is excited chatter as groups of teachers take selfies and exchange hugs and promises to stay in touch with their newly minted friends from Singapore. This group of primary school Mathematics and Science teachers, hailing from the government schools of Bangalore and the Parikrma schools, are celebrating the successful completion of a four-day intensive workshop conducted by their Singaporean counterparts to better deliver concepts in their disciplines to their young charges. More collaboration between Indian and Singaporean educators would continue over the course of the next three years, as part of the Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement Project.

The Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement Project is part of a three-year partnership between the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the Parikrma Humanity Foundation. It aims to enhance the teaching standards of Mathematics and Science in Karnataka. Over the course of the project,  a team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) who are experienced master trainers will work with their counterparts in Bangalore to raise the professional expertise of the teachers, facilitate interactive and active learning classrooms, as well as promote knowledge sharing between professionals in Singapore and Karnataka’s education sector. In the process, they would also equip a select group of Indian educators with the skills and knowledge as master trainers who will then train other Mathematics and Science educators in the sector, creating a sustainable positive impact.

“Singapore has, particularly in the fields of science and technology, been at the forefront. Collaborations between Singapore and Karnataka are not new.  In fact we have replicated Singapore’s success in several areas including the technology and science parks. I am very happy that Parikrma Humanity Foundation has joined hands with the Singapore International Foundation to enhance the teaching capacity of our teachers, be it from government or Parikrma schools. Though one can acquire cerebral skills of Mathematics and Science easily, the teaching of the concepts and the methodologies is very, very important. At the primary school level, it is very essential that these learnings go to the hearts of the boys and girls. The teachers’ skills, when enhanced and modernised, would benefit these children. As the SIF believes, I am sure with programmes like these, we will all work together for a better world,” shared Mr P.G.R. Sindhia, former Minister for Home, Transport & Finance, Government of Karnataka.

Besides facilitating professional sharing and knowledge transfer between established practitioners in both countries, this project also functions as a scalable model aimed at heralding a long-term positive impact in the education sector in the region. Over the course of three years, up to 700 Indian educators from Parikrma Humanity Foundation’s schools and other government schools in Bangalore as well as 5,250 school-going children are expected to benefit from the collaboration.

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