By 2030, an estimated 260M young people in India and 825M in low and middle income nations - more than half the world’s youth will exit school without skills needed for the modern workforce. This includes a wide spectrum of social emotional orientations, life skills, self and social awareness or knowledge of sustainable development that is much needed for positively contributing to the environment and function as responsible citizens of the country.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all developed and developing countries for a global partnership. Through the 4th SDG focused on Quality Education, it is envisioned to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
SDG 4.7 states that by 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
The challenge is huge and effective teachers will be key in shaping the future generation of learners.
There are about 9 Million teachers in India teaching over 260 Million children in 1 Million schools. Teachers continue to use archaic conceptual and pedagogical knowledge in classrooms. While the government has mandated 21 days of training, which is also not sufficient, for teachers every year, less than 10% of the teachers get invited to any training. The effectivity of the trainings is heavily dependent on the quality of trainers and enough quality trainers are not available. Almost 90% of teachers are not trained regularly, and are unaware of increasingly critical concepts such as Life Skills, Sustainable Development Goals, Social & Emotional Learning, Gender Sensitivity, and Digital Citizenship.