Adapting to COVID challenges
As the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges in the field of education, the Yusuf Hamied Inspirational Science Programme also faced hurdles. However, the scheme has adapted and used a digital model, which was a big change for everyone involved. We retrained the trainers to adopt a new model of teaching online, without compromising on quality.
The online workshops, which began in August 2021, have become a mainstay for delivery of the teacher training module. Interestingly, the training workshops have reached beyond Indian shores, as teachers from neighbouring countries and the Middle East are joining the training programme.
During the pandemic, we also joined Indian Institute of Science and Research (IISER), Pune, to help teachers with concepts of digital learning and teaching techniques. A webinar series for teachers – Teaching the Next-Gen – reached more than 3,000 teachers/educators across India, besides participants from at least 15 countries across different continents. The 12-part series attracted in excess of 55,000 views on YouTube. The series caught the interest of teachers with different backgrounds such as science, arts, social science, computers, commerce, technology and mathematics.
The CSIR-Jigyasa programme will soon be launching a range of online learning initiatives, with the potential to dramatically expand the impact of its outreach programme. The CSIR is going to share the RSC’s learning resources through the platform, helping us reach many more students and teachers around India.