In Conversation with Mr. Ranjitsinh Disale, Education Advisor for the World Bank
Mr. Ranjitsinh Disale is the global Teacher Prize Winner of 2020 and has been currently appointed as the Education Advisor for the World Bank and a Climate Action Program Advisor for the OECD. The central government named Mr. Ranjit as the Innovative Researcher of the Year in 2016. He has also won the National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year award in 2018
Mr. Disale is passionate about building peace between young people across conflict zones and has started Let’s Cross Borders - an initiative to promote peace and collaboration among students from different countries. He is most well-known for demonstrating scientific experiments from the science lab he has built in his home. Mr. Ranjit has taught an incredible 85,000 plus students from over 1400 classrooms in 83 countries via these virtual lessons.
He is the Teacher & Foundation Leader bringing technology & education to students all over the world.
In this Interview, Mr. Disale answered the following questions:
1. You initially wanted to be an IT engineer but you ended up being a pioneer of girls' education. What was it about the domain of Education that motivated you to work in it? Could you please walk us through your journey as a teacher?
2. What according to you are some changes, in line with NEP2020, that can help empower teachers and improve the learning outcomes for students?
3. Since technology has been a major part of your career as you have introduced QR code embedded textbooks so that children can learn at their own pace and in their vernacular languages. What role do you think technology will play in revolutionizing the education space?
4. With COVID 19 having crippled the current education system and forcing almost every institution to innovate or perish, do you believe that the institutions and frameworks coming out of this pandemic will be any different? What are some of the challenges of tech-enabled learning?
5. A lot of families in India still do not prioritize girls’ education especially in the tribal areas directly contributing to the high dropout rates of girls and there is a digital gender divide as well, so how did you overcome this challenge, and what approach you have taken in your methods, could you elaborate on this?
6. Do you think the current rate at which all the EdTech and other innovations are flooding the education space will lead to an improved education system or is there a need for change in the approach and revive the older and much more sustainable models alongside tech?
7. Since you have spent considerable time in the domain and also seen the changes upfront, what would you say are the challenges that an organization or an individual faces when wanting to disseminate education, and what is the way forward?
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