President of India Launches National Teachers’ Portal

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The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil launched a national portal for teachers www.teachersofindia.org, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today on the occasion of Teachers' Day. Launching the Portal the President said it is definitely a medium to improve the quality of education in schools and will also improve the teacher-student interaction in class.

The Azim Premji Foundation has developed the Portal, with support from the National Knowledge Commission, which has been working for the creation of web, based portals on key issues for aggregating and disseminating knowledge. The portal for teachers will offer a platform for sharing best practices and generating discussion in the teaching community. Over the next few months the portal will offer content in several languages as well as provide access to other communities such as students, parents, teacher educators etc.

The initial phase of the portal envisages a space for teachers to express their ideas and share their thoughts on any subject that touches their professional lives. Phase one involves the uploading of material created by and for teachers in five languages (Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada). These will be short articles written by teachers on subjects of their choice including classroom practice, their experiences in school, ideas that they tried to experiment on etc. This Phase also envisages the beginnings of a district-wise directory of resource organizations working in education

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