Published: 11th December 2017
Joint venture to now teach Karnataka teachers to make Math and Science fun
The Singapore International Foundation and Parikrma Humanity Foundation are improving Mathematics and Science education in Karnataka
In a society where mathematics and science are given utmost importance, what will be a boon to educators? Nothing other than innovative methods in educating their students in these subjects. You surely are lucky if you're an educator in Karnataka, because Singapore International Foundation and Parikrma Humanity Foundation recently came together for a Mathematics & Science Curriculum Enhancement Project which is a three-year collaboration for the professional development of teachers.
We talk to Jaryll Chan, Deputy Director, Programmes Division, Singapore International Foundation who tells us more about this. Excerpts:
What exactly are you aiming with the tie-up?
The three-year collaboration between the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the Parikrma Humanity Foundation seeks to enhance the teaching standards of Mathematics and Science in Karnataka by raising the professional expertise of the teachers, facilitating interactive and active learning classrooms, as well as promoting knowledge sharing between professionals in Singapore and Karnataka’s education sector. The project would also augment the Karnataka state government’s commitment to the larger UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all – the government has pledged to substantially increase the supply
It is commonly said that teachers teach the way they are taught. However, the traditional teacher-centred approaches where teachers engaged endless drills and practices find themselves out of place in present-day conditions.
Jaryll Chan, Deputy Director, Singapore International Foundation
What was the major inspiration behind the programme?
By creating platforms such as this to facilitate people-to-people collaboration, we can work hand in hand to share insights and effect positive social change. We hope that through sharing resources and knowledge in primary education, we are able to contribute to a crop of educators who would be able to deliver high-quality teaching practices to benefit children’s development.
How will it help the teachers?
The project has been designed to be scalable by equipping selected educator trainees with additional knowledge and facilitation skills as Master Trainers to share their acquired knowledge to their peers in a 'Cascade-Training System'. With the cascade training method of SIF specialist projects such as this, the local teachers are trained with the necessary skills to cascade it to their peers.
What exactly is wrong with the way mathematics and science are taught right now?
There is nothing ‘wrong’ in the way mathematics and science is taught. The collaboration is solely an effort to empower and give the educators a professional opportunity to upskill, develop broader perspectives and promote greater knowledge sharing between educators in Singapore and Karnataka. It would give them the scope to design and innovate teaching methodologies that creates brighter tomorrow.