Sunday, March 20, 2011

GEMS & Educational Initiatives collaborate to improve assessment of Indian schools


Education experts explore ways of further enhancing quality of education at Indian curriculum schools

Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2011:
Education experts from Indian syllabus-based CBSE schools in the GCC and India are pushing for an accurate assessment of the current learning methods in their organisations in an effort to ensure that students clearly understand core concepts while learning.

GEMS Education, a leading international education company, and the India-based Educational Initiatives (EI), an internationally renowned organisation in the field of child psychology and student assessment methods, led discussions recently to review ways of improving the learning and teaching standards through a series of holistic initiatives.

Comprehensive research by Educational Initiatives shows that while children today respond to rote-based questions relatively well, they fail to answer unfamiliar or application-based questions due to unclear core concepts. Dr Wasil, Director, GEMS Education, said, “Assessments carried out with the right spirit and approach is a sure-shot path to empowerment and school leadership has to be ever on the learning curve to ensure this.”

Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director, Educational Initiatives, said: ‘EI and GEMS share the same philosophy of helping children learn with understanding and such interactive and activity-oriented discussions will provide the platform for teacher empowerment and improvement in the region.”

The discussions also fulfilled the great need for creating deeper insights on assessments that address the specific needs of students, teachers and school managements. The focus was on actionables and on translating different perspectives into practice with a roadmap for the HOW of implementing assessment.

Through its interactive tools such as Mindspark (digital self-learning program), ASSET, Detailed Assessment, CCE Certificate Course, Teacher Evaluation Program, Teacher Sheets and more, Educational Initiatives assists thousands of teachers in improving their students' achievements.

EI is also working with leading organizations such as the World Bank, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Google, the Azim Premji Foundation, Duke University, USA and is conducting large-scale assessment projects with various state governments. EI has been recently recognized as an official Supplement Educational Service provider in Texas, USA.

About GEMS Education
GEMS is the largest private kindergarten to grade 12 education operator in the world. It has a global network of world class international schools which provide high quality holistic education to more than 100,000 students from 125 countries. It employs over 9,000 education professionals, specialists and staff. GEMS has a world class leadership team that combines business and education expertise from around the globe

About Educational Initiatives
Educational Initiatives has over 15 years of expertise in education, with a deep understanding of child psychology and efficient methods of teaching, based on detailed research and formidable database of student learning through ASSET (Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing)

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