09.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

British Council, NCERT and UNESCO Global Policy Dialogue on ‘Science and Mathematics Education: The Way Forward’

Director UNESCO New Delhi, Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi addressing the inaugural session

The Global Policy Dialogue on ‘Science and Mathematics Education: The Way Forward’ opened today at the India International Centre, New Delhi and will conclude on 10 January 2013.   It is jointly organized by the British Council, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and UNESCO New Delhi. 

The Policy Dialogue is being attended by over 100 education and science officials from the government; science and mathematics experts and researchers; entrepreneurs; representatives of leading universities and teacher training institutions; NGO’s supporting development of science teaching; premier scientific institutions and industry; academicians and students. It is also attended by participants from Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and UK.  

The overall objective of this seminar is to enhance knowledge and skills on emerging issues around the teaching of science and mathematics in schools and to learn by sharing knowledge and experiences. This Dialogue seminar comes at a critical time in education policy and planning as countries around the world focus their attention on the improvement of science and mathematics teaching and learning. The drive to raise the quality of education in schools and increase the employability prospects of young people, is throwing a spotlight on best international practice and innovation in these subject areas.

The three main themes that will be deliberated from national and international perspectives are:

  • Improving equity and access to science and mathematics education;
  • Supporting future ready learning of science and mathematics; and 
  • Motivating and empowering young people to succeed in science and mathematics.

Key objectives of this policy dialogue are: 

  • To engage policy makers, practitioners, academicians and science and technology based industry in India, UK and other countries in discussion and debate around areas of mutual concern in high quality curriculum, assessment and classroom transaction of science and mathematics teaching in schools. 
  • To create a global network of education policy makers and implementers who support ‘Connecting Classrooms’ endeavour to create global citizens with the required skills to contribute to solving global issues, through sharing of best practices and innovations across the globe in science teaching in the classroom. 
  • To generate links between science in the workplace and science in the classroom to better prepare students to address the needs of the society now and in the future.

The key outcomes expected are: 

  • Ways in which we can meet future science and mathematics needs now, providing career opportunities of our young people 
  • Ways in which we can share and use global learning 
  • Ways in which we can network effectively to ensure that sharing and learning is continuous 
  • Ways in which we can collaborate internationally 

Science Education is a key to UNESCO and the British Council's agenda of creating enriching learning environment in schools that helps young people develop skills and knowledge to succeed in 21st century globalized world.

This Policy Dialogue is backed-up by the British Council India “Connecting Classrooms” education programme for schools, designed to help young people learn about global themes and become responsible global citizens, as well as giving them the skills to work in a worldwide economy.

UNESCO New Delhi inter-sectoral activities in science education contributes to the building of peace and sustainable development through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

NCERT is an apex resource organization set up by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on academic matters related to school education. NCERT runs annual National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition for Children, develops science teaching-learning curriculum, materials and kits, textbooks and so on.

Policy Dialogue Programme


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