SCHOOL OF EDUCATION STUDIES
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO SEMINAR
Education for All (EFA): A comparison between China and India
Mr. Abhimanyu Singh, Former Director UNESCO, Beijing
30th September 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue: CR 11, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
International literature and media abound in comparisons between the two Asian Giants- China and India. These relate mainly to their emergence as global economic powerhouses, influential players in international forum and their military prowess. Their educational development attracts far less attention than it deserves. The talk will walk you through the challenges and achievements of both countries, since their establishments as independent Republics, on two key aspects of EFA - universal primary education and adult literacy. It will seek to provide a broad analysis of China's rapid progress and India's relatively slow progress towards these critical educational goals and their impact on social and economic development. India's policy turn around in 1986 towards achieving UPE and adult literacy would be highlighted. The strategies being adopted by the two countries in addressing emerging challenges of quality, equity and bridging regional disparities would be discussed. The talk would conclude with some of my insights on the policy processes for educational reform in China and India.