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Revisiting Education in the 21st Century

Education We Want believes that education in the 21st century needs to be radically different from the 19th century models of education we have become accustomed to. In this new model, universal values are embedded in the framework of education itself. Becoming "good" or virtuous is given more importance than becoming "smart" or competent, though both are considered important aspects of education in this new century.

The Educational Leadership Initiatives began with GlobalTIE: Global Trends and Innovations in Education in 2006, then with Ed Leadership Roundtables every year since 2008.

These efforts have inspired a global movement: Education We Want. Many good thinkers worldwide agree that education needs major reform, not just tinkering small changes at its margins. While the world has changed vastly in the last 100 years, education has remained largely confined to its 19th century material ethics and limited agendas.

What will education be like in the future? What do experiments and evidence show from other countries as to what has worked well in education?

The new Education We Want initiative is a platform for enabling change within education and through it. It also serves as an umbrella for organizations and individuals engaged in making a difference by implementing and sharing innovations of their own.







The Ed Leadership Fellowships are being offered again, with the view to initiate more schools nationwide to adopt new and innovative practices that bring out the best in every child. Already over 300 schools have received the Education Innovation Fellowships and have engaged in implementing new and innovative ideas for change.

We invite experts from world's top performing countries in TIMSS and PISA international comparisons to share their research and findings based on practical work in their own countries.

Education is the most complex issue of our times and it requires great deliberation. It is a multi-year effort involving all who are concerned about the future of education and thereby our collective future. We invite you to join hands in any capacity and become a part of this great mission. Indeed, the best way to shape the future is to nurture it.







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Why Education We Want?

What we desperately need is a new education based on a new set of ethics and governed by a new set of principles that are more suited to the needs of the 21st century

  • As we review education's goals in the 21st century, some important questions we need to ask are:
  • 'Can we convert the Tunnel of Learning, this present educational system, into a Process of Enlightenment?'
  • 'What are the outcomes we seek from human potential and the educational process?'
  • 'How do we re-organise educational content, its delivery and the educational environment to help every child become both 'good' and 'smart', preserve their self esteem, and bring out the best of gems hidden within each one?
  • Indeed, what do we need to do differently in order to meet the aspirations and address the reality of the world's children?
  • How do we re-imagine@school assessments, materials, processes, attitudes, behaviour and training of teachers?
  • How do we orient our staff and ourselves?
  • What syllabus and curriculum do we adopt at each stage of development, preprimary, primary, middle and senior?
  • Which of the new and varied teaching methods do we adopt from among so many good methods: inquiry, multiple intelligences, constructivism, cooperative learning, thematic work, etc.?
  • How do we go beyond our 'hunches' to an evidence-informed system of education?
  • It is only when we know the outcomes we want, can we refine our approach to teaching and learning and choose the best from existing methods and make innovations of our own that integrate research and a scientific understanding of the child.

Our Initiatives:

Ed Leadership conferences

Each year, Ed Leadership brings together worldwide experts to share their success stories and engage in conversations that lead to change. Each roundtable since January 2008 has focused on creating an effective engagement between education leaders and experts from across the world.
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The Big Picture Conclave

The Big Picture Leadership Training Conclaves and Workshops focus on Creating High Performance Education Systems. They create a platform for global conversations that lead to meaningful and effective change in education.
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Synergy Workshop

Education leaders and teachers are invited to be part of an Education Research and Training initiative across the nation in which each school gains in student and teacher learning simply through participation.
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Global Dream Literacy Campaign

Devi Sansthan, a non-profit organization serving the underprivileged populations since 1992 and now focus solely on education.
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Fellowships and awards

Fellowships and awards are our way of saying, "Thank you!" for being an instrument of profound changes in education. It is further to promote greater innovation in education at all levels.
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Indeed, the best way to shape the future is to nurture it!

Dr Jagdish and Dr Mrs Bharti Gandhi Founders, City Montessori School (CMS) receiving the UNESCO Peace Prize at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 2002

Dr Sunita Gandhi on extreme right with family at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, at the Awards Ceremony

Principals and teachers are appreciated for their work. Here, Dr Robert Saunders and Dr Sunita Gandhi, Co-Founders, Council for Global Education, USA, present awards and recognition to teachers and Principals in Iceland.

In India, recognition is provided at the nationwide level through Ed Leadership Roundtables (www.edleader.in). In August 2010, 112 individuals from schools across India were awarded the Ed Leader Innovation In-Process Fellowships and other Awards.

A non-profit movement of Global Classroom Pvt. Ltd.

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