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HP Education Innovation Fund: Supporting transformative change
Education drives personal achievement, seeds groundbreaking ideas, and fuels economic prosperity for individuals, communities, and entire countries. HP focuses on strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship education because we recognize how paramount it is to helping solve some of the world’s most critical challenges.
Both countries progress fast in economic terms but face critical education challenges – high illiteracy rates; lack of access to quality education, particularly in remote regions; inadequately-trained teachers; and more. The need for transformative, grass-roots change is great.
Significant innovations are underway to address some of these critical challenges but the reality is that they need to be accessible to many more students and teachers. The HP EIF funds will help teachers, innovators and students of today develop the 21st knowledge and skills they need including by applying technology and other approaches in creative and innovative ways to extend and enrich teaching and learning.
- Best practices in teacher training curriculum and methodology
- The transition of the role of the teacher – from content provider and instructor to facilitator, coach and advisor
- The ability of innovative ICT tools to enable and accelerate learning
- Curriculum that builds the 21st century skills that are needed to construct new knowledge and engage in lifelong learning
In India, HP is collaborating with the India Council for Integral Education (ICIE), an initiative of the Sri Aurobindo Society.
Each country is administering the funds in innovative ways to best meet their customized needs.
In China, the fund was launched in April, 2012. Over a period of two years, more than 5,000 teachers from 500 rural and urban schools in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, Yunnan Province and Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will be trained, impacting thousands of students yearly. These educators will be subsequently invited to enter a competition to demonstrate how they applied their training toward innovating teaching – the most innovative will be celebrated and their approaches showcased for replication.
In India the fund took the form of a grant competition – with awards made to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and students who developed out-of-the-box solutions that can be replicated and scaled – helping to transform the education landscape in India. The grant was announced in March 2011 and grant recipients announced on Nov. 27, 2012.
These funds will help to activate changes in teaching and learning to ensure students receive 21st century skills.
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