A Model for Reform

Over the past 14 years, Muktangan has endeavoured to bridge the many gaps prevalent in mainstream education. Muktangan’s integrated system of school and teacher education has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now moving beyond its seven schools in urban Mumbai. Through successful outreach programmes like project ACOTE and ELDP it is sharing and contextualizing its learnings on education and leadership to different systems.

Muktangan is now increasingly gaining recognition for its work and expertise in education as well as a model of a ‘learning’ organization. In relation to this Muktangan’s Founder Director Elizabeth Mehta was invited to speak at three different forums in the month of September 2017.

  • A consultative meeting initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development conceptualizing the idea of Central University of Teacher Education (CUTE).
  • The India Summit 2017 Conference conducted by Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Singapore (AVPN).
  • The launch event of Bridgespan Mumbai’s new report “Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap”.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is considering a proposal to set up a Central University of Teacher Education (CUTE) with multi-faculty character for interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovations. In this regard experts in the field were invited to discuss establishment of CUTE. Its work towards revitalizing teacher education (pre-service and in-service) by offering exemplary programmes and collaboratively working with states on improving the quality of teacher education. The meeting further discussed the vision and mission for CUTE, its nature, structure and subsequently plan for the future course of action to arrive at the conceptual understanding and the operational aspects.

At the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Conference, Elizabeth Mehta spoke about Muktangan’s Model for Early Childhood Education (ECE): an integrated model of teacher & school education; how the ECE programme was designed to respect that each and every child learned at their own individual pace; the need to devise innovative methods to support student learning; Muktangan’s partnership with Singapore International Foundation for strengthening  ECE Pedagogy and Quality; and our work with Anganwadis supported by Government Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS) in tribal districts.

The Bridgespan study, which comprised of more than 50 stakeholder interviews and a survey of 250 NGO leaders, explored the challenges and gaps in NGO leadership, and the resources available to NGOs for developing their leaders. Elizabeth shared Muktangan’s leadership development and succession planning; the setting up of an Executive team made up of promising, internally developed leaders who shared the vision, core values, culture of the organization and had demonstrated long term commitment. The crucial facet was that unlike an external recruit, the members knew the organization well. The team includes members from Muktangan’s teacher education, administration and liaison, finance and program departments. Liz & Sunil are closely mentoring this team on their  journey of reflection, transition and development of management skills.


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