30 November, 2017 | UNESCO MGIEP, New Delhi, INDIA
On 30th November, 2017, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace & Sustainable Development (MGIEP), New Delhi, INDIA signed a Partnership Agreement (PA) with the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), INDIA for UNESCO MGIEP’s Difference Learning and Libre Projects.
The PA was signed by Dr. Anantha DURAIAPPAH, Chair of the Governing Board, UNESCO MGIEP and Professor Subrata SINHA, Director, NBRC at the UNESCO MGIEP office in New Delhi. Dr. Karan SINGH, Chair, Governing Board, UNESCO MGIEP and Professor P.N. TANDON, Founder Chairman of the NBRC Society were also present during the signing ceremony.
The three year-long PA will entail screening and imaging by NBRC for UNESCO MGIEP’s Difference Learning Project, which recognises the significant potential of literacy acquisition in the regional language / mother tongue and focuses on providing remedial learning to difference learners, also referred to as individuals with Dyslexia.
Furthermore, NBRC will provide support to UNESCO MGIEP to build the scientific evidence in terms of neurobiological changes in the brain as the Institute works towards development of its Libre project, which focuses on imparting socio-emotional skills such as empathy, compassion, mindfulness and critical inquiry – in school-children. In support of the change that is expected in behaviour of these children through the Libre project, Professor P.N. Tandon stated “Theoretically, there is enough evidence that suggests the brain can be changed through a term referred to as neuroplasticity.”
The collaboration helps bridge the gap between the neurosciences and mainstream education and is expected to facilitate the implementation of evidence based digital pedagogies to improve the functional literacy rate in all states in India and expansion globally to achieve the wider goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Target 7.
The scientists who will work on this project include Dr. Nandini Chatterjee SINGH, National Programme Officer, UNESCO MGIEP; Arpan BANERJEE and Dipanjan ROY from NBRC.
Dr. Singh concluded “the partnership is a valuable collaboration, which will provide the Institute with the relevant evidence-based support as it works on personalised learning for difference learners and imparting socio-emotional skills in the young”.
He went on the state that “this partnership comes at the critical stage when there is so much violence and hatred in the world; developing socio-emotional skills in school children using evidence will result the development of more compassionate individuals”.
The training and assessment programmes developed out of this partnership will be open source and free of cost – available widely to the community.
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