Wednesday, 19 June 2024 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

The National Education Policy 2020 talks about gender equality to sensitise students to develop respect for diversity. It also recommends gender equality being a part of teacher education programmes while acknowledging that more needs to be done. This workshop on Wednesday 19 June 2024 from 5:30 p.m. will look into why it’s important to have more gender-fair lessons and activities and create safe spaces for children of all genders. It explores three ways to encourage gender equality by empowering and enabling teachers, educating and engaging parents, and evolving a new school culture that incorporates equitable quality education for all genders.

About the speakers:

Ashwini Shenoy, Teacher Educator

Ashwini, a CELTA-certified English language trainer, e-moderator, and teacher educator has been working with the British Council for over a decade. Over her 30+ year career, she has taught General and Business English, English for vocational skills, and test preparation for English language assessments in various contexts. As a teacher educator with the British Council, she promoted student-centered learning methodologies among government schoolteachers in English Language Projects like TEJAS in Maharashtra and GELDP in Gujarat.

Additionally, as an Academic Coordinator, she gained valuable experience in large-scale education project deployment, from content development to monitoring and evaluation. She also collaborated with teachers in Maharashtra to collect their stories for the Tejas – Stories of Change in English. Currently, she e-moderates English language lessons for adults and works on teacher education projects, emphasising that the resources used are just tools and learning outcomes should be the main focus, whether teaching students or teachers, online or face to face.

Swapna Yadav, School leader

Swapna is a Hornby Scholar from India. She has completed her MA TESOL from the University of Warwick, UK with specialisation in Teacher Education and Teaching and Researching Young learners. A passionate teacher educator and English teacher for the last two decades, she has worked with the British Council on various English Language Projects in Maharashtra, such as TEJAS, ELIPS, and EFA, all focusing on empowering government schoolteachers with student-centered methodologies and enhancing their English Language teaching and communication skills.

Additionally, Swapna has worked as Maharashtra state's resource person as a trainer and content writer. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, with her area of focus being teaching and researching Young learners and classroom research. Currently, Swapna is working as a School leader at Mumbai Public School, where she has been working intensively on SDG 13 (Climate change) and SDG 4 (Quality Education) with Takeactionglobal, an international organisation.