Nelson Mandela once said and I quote…. “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
I feel privileged to be addressing the officers of the SCERT who are responsible for qualitative improvement of education in Mizoram. In recent years much has changed with the growth in technology over time and our education system needs to evolve to meet the growing demands of these changes. SCERT with its focus on its two chief domains of Training and Research has a crucial role to play.
The Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 has brought about immense change in our Education system. With the introduction of this Act, the SCERT has assumed a bigger role as the Academic Authority of Elementary Education in the State. Officers of the SCERT need to remember that you are one of the most important stakeholders for effective implementation of the RTE Act 2009.
The Government of India has taken innumerable steps to bring about qualitative improvement of education throughout the country. Research has shown that India needs improvement in the field of teacher education and the government has taken constructive steps to address this problem by opening up new DIETs, upgrading the existing College of Teachers Education (CTE) to Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE). I hope that the SCERT, as the administrators of Teacher’s Education in the state will provide qualitative improvement in school education through training of teachers on innovative educational practices and undertake academic reforms in the light of policy changes in the state. I am confident that the State Government has been and will continue to be proactive in this sphere. My particular emphasis is on learning/teaching English and Hindi to open up windows of opportunity beyond the State. Vocational training to acquire skills, which will shape the future of our youth, is also vital. In all this “training the trainers” holds the key!
We all have a responsibility to educate the next generation of informed citizens, introducing them to the best, that has been thought and said, and instilling in them a love of knowledge and culture.
It is a pleasure to speak to so many dedicated professionals and experts who share this belief. I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours.
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