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CBSE begins new journey in Dubai

India`s premier school board CBSE today began a new journey in this emerging global education hub by launching an updated international syllabus to cater to students of both the Indian diaspora and local community.



Dubai: India`s premier school board CBSE
today began a new journey in this emerging global education
hub by launching an updated international syllabus to cater to
students of both the Indian diaspora and local community.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who is on an official visit
to the UAE, launched CBSE-International curriculum at the
Indian High School here.

The new syllabus seeks to address the students`
aspirations for knowledge from an international prospective.
It also gives the local flavour by giving lessons on local
issues and local culture.

Sibal expressed the hope that the CBSE-I would grow
and provide an alternative international curriculum to the
students of both of the Indian diaspora and to local citizens
in the countries where CBSE-I is being made available.

The CBSE, which has been affiliating schools here, now
aims at spreading its chain of schools in foreign countries.
Its earlier curriculum was giving more focus on Indian issues
in social science subjects.

This was a major problem in expanding its network as
foreign students were not developing interest to study in this
system.

"We need a globalised community of children. There is
need for quality education for all children, with learning
being a continuous and comprehensive process," Sibal said.

The CBSE-I curriculum is being subscribed by 30
schools in nine countries. It aims to promote critical and
creative thinking skills, effective communication skills,
interpersonal and collaborative skills and information and
media skills.

There is an inbuilt flexibility as it provides a
foundation and an extension curriculum in all subject areas to
cater to the different pace of learners.

The objective of CBSE is to introduce the curriculum
in a phased manner at different levels in schools affiliated
to it. The international curriculum has been designed keeping
in view the experience gathered by the Board over the last
seven decades in imparting effective learning to millions of
learners.

Addressing an India-UAE forum on knowledge economy,
Sibal said said that India will be the youngest nation in the
world by 2050.

Around that time, population in countries such as
Germany, Japan and Australia would have declined and the
global community will face a human resource meltdown.

"If you look at the demographics of the world, Europe,
Japan, Australia, the US and even China with the one-child
policy, you will realise that by 2050 there is going to be an
enormous deficit of the global workforce in those regions of
the world," he said.

India today has about 540 million people less than 25
years of age, which is more than the entire population of
Europe.

PTI

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