The Pearson Teaching Awards for teaching excellence aims to recognize and celebrate teaching as the noblest profession in India by recognizing extraordinary teachers who are engaging their students in innovative and path-breaking ways to ignite their potential. This Award aims to identify the teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching different subjects, shown outstanding contribution to learners with special needs and have served their communities through teaching even outside formal classrooms.
Why Pearson Award for Teaching Excellence?
The Teaching profession is considered as one the noblest professions and yet one of the most neglected professions in India. A World Bank report indicated that twenty-five per cent of teachers at India’s government primary schools remain absent on any given day, and only 50% of teachers present in schools and colleges are actually engaged in teaching.
A handful of teachers who do attempt to engage students meaningfully are forced to battle poor infrastructure, absence of facilities and high dropout of students from schools and colleges. It has been reported that only 15% of Indian students reach high school, and just 7%, of the 15% who make it to high school, graduate. A small percentage of teachers who surmount all these bottlenecks and challenges are not acknowledged and remain unheralded.
Pearson Teaching Award aims to fill this gap by actively reaching out to all corners of India and identify, recognize and felicitate teachers who are going much beyond their administrative call of duty to deliver extraordinary content in innovative, inspiring and path-breaking ways to maximize the engagement of their students and elicit their full creative potential. Pearson India has initiated this most prestigious award and the first of its kind in India to recognize the excellent teachers from all regions and communities of India and highlight their contribution in nation building and helping make a better society through inspirational teaching.