Saajhi Samajh

Unlocking Minds: Key to the Locker Room

Let's create a better world for our adolescents with shared understanding.

Join us for the webinar with

Mr. Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and
Panel discussion with Experts and Key Stakeholders

  • 3 June 2020, Wednesday
  • 4 PM IST

90 mins of topical discussions

Gain insights with education and domain experts

Network, Interact & Share

Webinar Schedule

TIMESESSION
16:00 - 16:15Introductions and Welcome
16:15 - 16:30Keynote Address by Mr. Manish Sisodia, Dy Chief Minister, Govt of NCT of Delhi
16:30 - 17:00Students’ Voice: A Panel Discussion with High School Students
17:00 - 17:30Adults Speak: Panel Discussion with Domain Experts and Key Stakeholders
17:30 - 17:55Q & A and Participants’ Viewpoint
17:55 - 18:00Closing Remarks

Our Panelists

Our first panel comprises a few high school students who will share their perspective on the issue being discussed. This will be followed by a panel discussion with key stakeholders, moderated by Mr. Chetan Kapoor, COO Tech Mahindra Foundation. We have assembled a diverse panel of speakers comprising school teachers, policy influencers, educationists, and most importantly, parents.

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Dr. AL Sharada

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Dr. AL Sharada

She is the Director of Population First and spearheads the media advocacy campaign for Gender sensitivity - Laadli, which had initiated conversations with many influencers in print and bring electronic media, writers and other content developers through awards, fellowships etc. She is a member of the CBFC and also initiated gender analysis of ads and films in Print media.

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Ms. Tara Stafford Ocansey

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Ms. Tara Stafford Ocansey

She is an education specialist with over ten years of experience managing education research and implementation teams from diverse education settings across numerous countries. Currently, Tara is leading a social emotional learning (SEL) initiative with over 200 schools in Northeast Nigeria through the USAID-supported Strengthening Education in Northeast Nigeria (SENSE) activity to promote psychosocial well-being in teachers and students.

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Mr. Sankalp Khanna

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Mr. Sankalp Khanna

He is an education consultant and the co-author of the SEL curriculum ‘Identities in Conflict’ that focuses on identity formation through the lens of gender, religion and philosophical inquiry. He has been teaching for the last 11 years and presently consults to the Heritage Xperiential International School about enrichment of their SEL program.

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Ms. Mukta Naik

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Ms. Mukta Naik

She is an architect & urban planner by training and a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. She works on issues of urbanisation, with an emphasis on housing and migration. Her work also looks at the employment experiences of youth and women in India’s challenging labour markets. She is deeply engaged in civil society efforts in Gurugram.

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Ms. Neeru Lohiya

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Ms. Neeru Lohiya

Presently working as a Mentor Teacher in Directorate of Education, GNCT Delhi. Experienced and accomplished TESOL certified Teacher of English, with 24 years of student interaction experience in State run schools of Delhi Government, trained at NIE, Singapore. Facilitate In-service and Pre-service Teacher training workshops organized bySCERT focusing on teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning and teaching strategies.

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Mr. Ravi Gulati

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Mr. Ravi Gulati

He co-founded Manzil – a youth-led non-profit providing a space & learning resources for low-income children & youth. He also facilitates Delhi Government school principals’ leadership learning with SCERT, & enthusiastically mentors many other youth initiatives addressing a diversity of social issues. Ravi is a graduate of SRCC and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

As we stayed locked down to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our physically distanced world was suddenly rocked and shaken by the shocking incident in the virtual space that is now infamous as “Bois Locker Room”. This deeply disturbing incident involving adolescents has exposed the deep-rooted malaise of misogyny and misplaced masochism in our society. 

How acutely has this deviant social attitude, influenced by patriarchal prejudices and gender disparity, taken hold of our young minds? Why is our education system not being able to counter this dangerous trend and weed out perverse cultural biases? Don’t we need a greater symbiotic link between formal education and parenting and familial interventions at home? 

The time to confront these complex and inconvenient questions is now. How can we move forward to reform our education system to unlock the young minds from the dark shadows of societal prejudices? To know more about this perplexing issue, please join us at our annual event Saajhi Samajh at 4 pm IST on June 3, 2020 (Wednesday).  

We are grateful to have Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi, along with key stakeholders such as teachers, parents, and educators to reflect on the critical questions and set the ground for a positive agenda: 

  • Role of school education in shaping the “inner being” of children
  • Ways to enable teachers to respond to the psychological and emotional needs of children and teenagers.
  • How to enrich and reinvent school curriculum – especially for the middle graders – to shift the focus towards socially sensitive issues including Gender Sensitivity, Societal Responsibility, Ethical Decision Making, Inclusivity among others?
  • How can social media and technology be best leveraged for engendering positivity in children?

To know more click here.

This webinar is part of the seminar series of Tech Mahindra Foundation, titled “Saajhi Samajh” (or Shared Understanding). This initiative aims to create a broader platform for discourse on issues relevant to enriching teachers’ training in India. Through the Foundation’s flagship program on Education called Shikshaantar, over 30,000 teachers from government primary schools have been trained through a series of capacity-building workshops in major Indian cities.

In this series, two seminars have been conducted on Teacher Development. These have brought together an array of experts, specialists, field practitioners, civil society participants, government representatives, and educationists. The upcoming third in the series is being organsied as a webinar to respond to the physical distancing norms at the time of this pandemic. The show goes on to provoke societal response and to broaden outreach and awareness.

Glimpses of previous years of Saajhi Samajh

The previous edition of Saajhi Samajh, held in April 2018, was a resounding success, in which the Keynote Address was delivered by the then Director of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Ms. Saumya Gupta. A detailed report of this event is available here.