“I find this an extremely exciting and amazing opportunity, because in one place for the first time is a conclave where people from various backgrounds in terms of education have come together and have begun to realize the importance of how a simple idea can spark change.”
Hosted by Teach For India, ispirED is an education conference that brings together India’s most innovative and creative professionals, along with international leaders working in the field of education, to engage the nation in a discussion around the challenges of education equity and its solutions. Networking with individuals across fields, inspirED strives to showcase different perspectives on pedagogy, mindsets, and attitudes in the education sector. Geared towards bringing about change and transformation across the country, inspirED is a platform to learn, lead, and connect, to leverage ideas and collaborate in ways that are key to transforming students' lives and the future of education in India.
Now in its fifth year, inspirED 2013 began in Pune, the first of four cities in which the conference will take place. Held at the Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communications on October 19 and 20 2013, inspirED Pune hosted over 40 eminent speakers, including child activist and founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Kailash Satyarthi; Latika Ray Foundation Director, Jo Chopra McGowan; and student education and cultural movement founder, Sonam Wangchuk. With over 45 sessions and close to 400 participants, the conference provided a strong platform of dialogue for key stakeholders in Pune to address city challenges and opportunities that will bridge the nation's education inequity.
The next inspirED conference will take place in Hyderabad on November 30 and December 1. Featured speakers include Jay Altman, CEO of FirstLine Schools, New Orleans; Ashish Dhawan, founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation; education professor Maragaret Solomon, and Shantha Sinha, former Chair of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Several Teach For India staff members and alumni will also be speaking, including CEO and Founder Shaheen Mistri and 3.2.1 Schools Founder and Echoing Green and Ashoka Fellowships winner, Gaurav Singh. For more information and to register, visit www.inspiredindia.in.