DG UNESCO commends India for promoting education of girls
The Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay has commended India for successfully promoting the education of girls in the country. On a three-day official visit to India, Azoulay said that India has influenced the vision and objectives of UNESCO through the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. She expressed confidence that India and UNESCO would carry forward this relationship further to realize their shared objectives.
Azoulay had met Shri Nishank on Tuesday when the two sides discussed the initiatives being taken by India in the education sector. Pokhriyal informed the Director General that the Gross Enrolment Ratio of girls in the country had, for the first time, surpassed that of boys across various levels. He also talked at length about the various schemes like NISHTHA, LEAP, ODB- Smart Classroom, DHRUV, SWAYAM MOOCS Portal that India has taken up. Azoulay noted India’s work with satisfaction and said that India’s role is crucial for realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. She also made a special mention of the programmes for enhancement of management skills of teachers and said that this gap was being felt in many other countries too. She was also happy to note India’s efforts at ensuring inclusion in education and also the use of technology in this field.
Nishank reiterated India’s commitment to the attainment of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He said India is working to further UNESCO’s objective of making quality education available to everyone. The Minister also added that a New Education Policy is on the anvil, which has been formulated after the largest ever process of consultation with stakeholders. This policy will go a long way towards the attainment of SDG Goal 4. During their meeting, Pokhriyal and Ms Audrey Azoulay signed the Operational Agreement extending the presence of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) for a further period of 5 years. MGIEP is a New Delhi based UNESCO’s Category 1 Research Institute, maintained wholly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. In line with its vision of ‘Transforming Education for Humanity’, the institute’s programmes and products are designed to mainstream social and emotional learning in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the center of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. DG, UNESCO, and Pokhriyal also laid the foundation stone for the premises of MGIEP.