New Delhi: Ashoka University will host a virtual conference on June 5-6 on the future of K-12 education. Titled “Future Of Schools: Overcoming the COVID-19 Challenge and Beyond”, the conference will be addressed by eminent keynote speakers like Nandan Nilekani, Chairman-Infosys and Founder-EkStep Foundation; Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy; Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC; Salman Khan, Founder and CEO, Khan Academy; Bridget T Long, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Manoj Ahuja, Chairman, CBSE. The two-day online conference will focus on issues brought to the fore by the current situation and evolve solutions to improve the gamut of K-12 education in India. The conference will take place over Zoom and host over 1300 schools, 1100 school leaders and over 10000 attendees across more than 100 cities.
The post COVID-19 situation brings a new set of challenges and opportunities for the Indian education system. The conference will host a range of stakeholders from the field of education- School Leaders, global experts, EdTech organizations, Policy makers and Counsellors – to address two key issues: how to deploy technology effectively to respond to the crisis, and how school leaders need to adaptive leadership in the face of the many challenges it poses. It will also reflect on how to bridge the digital divide, and how to handle the mental wellness of students in a difficult time.
According to Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, “We believe that the current uncertainty represents an opportunity to explore future-proof solutions to the varying issues facing the different types of schools in the Indian school system. Through this conference, we aim to bring together global education experts with Indian education authorities, school principals, counsellors, teachers and other participants to work out solutions on how technology-based education can be made accessible to the larger geographic and economic sections of the society. The conference will also explore modes of Adaptive Leadership and how to manage organizations in times of crisis.”
The conference will start at 4pm and end at 7.15pm on June 5 and start at 9.30AM and end at 5.20pm on June 6. Speakers at the Conference will also include John Kim and Prithwiraj Choudhary from Harvard Business School. The sessions will delve into the best practices to engage students online, embracing technology effectively and how to upskill teachers to deliver enriching online experience.