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Education Leader Series | Aakash Sethi, CEO- QUEST Alliance

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February 26, 2021

Aakash Sethi has over 17 years of experience in Education & Youth Development programs. He has served in leadership roles in organizations like AIESEC, Ambuja Cements, Microsoft and International Youth Foundation where he designed, implemented and monitored multi-stakeholder partnerships. He has been engaged in developing networks for knowledge creation and policy advocacy in education, corporate responsibility and technology for development. He is the Chief Executive Officer of QUEST Alliance that promotes the use of ICT in schools & vocational training to develop self learning pathways for children and youth. He is an Asia 21 fellow and serves on the board of Science Meets Dharma –​a Tibetan not for profit trust promoting science education for Tibetan monks.

 In his conversation with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX, he elaborates on the following questions:

1. What is your idea of an ideal educational institution and why is it that you feel we haven’t been able to get to one despite multiple interventions in the space?

2. How is QUEST Alliance bringing experiential learning to the forefront and reimagining learning for not only students but their teachers as well? What are some of the projects that are underway?

3. What model do you deploy to be able to access it in quantitative terms during assessments?

4. Fun is an element that mostly tends to be missed out on when designing educational interventions or projects. How is it then you developed an entire model named Anandashala around inculcating fun in the learning process?

5. With the current pandemic, the importance of technology has come to everyone’s notice. But do you feel the same will continue beyond it and what step can be taken to ensure it does stay relevant and accessible?

6. How do you think NGOs, policymakers, and allied organizations in the sector can pool resources to come up with better frameworks and collaborative approaches?

7. Lastly, where do you see the future of education and skilling heading towards?


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