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Maidan is an initiative to bring together, facilitate and encourage ideas and action in the arena of Sport for Development. Driven by Magic Bus, Maidan is an information-sharing platform where individuals and organisations spell out the ways in which the Sport for Development approach is helping the society and its potential as a tool for development.  
Maidan Summit 2016
Maidan Summit 2016 was held on 13th and 14th December 2016 in Mumbai.
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Converging Education and Livelihood Spaces through scalable innovations.
The lack of quality education and career guidance poses a huge challenge to adolescents and youth in gaining meaningful and sustainable employment. Magic Bus, through its event Maidan Summit - 2016 intends to explore and share innovative and scalable models and interventions to address this challenge thereby, bridging the gap between education and livelihood.
Magic Bus India Foundation, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the University of Mumbai co-hosted The Maidan Summit 2016 ‘Converging Education and Livelihood Spaces through scalable Innovation’. Powered by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the two-day Summit was held on 13th and 14th December 2016 in Mumbai.
The conference was aimed to:
  • provide organizations and individuals working in the Education and Livelihood space the opportunity to display, demonstrate models and products for impact and scaling up interventions.
  • explore newer debates and answers in the Education and Livelihood spaces.
  • provide a platform to NGOs, corporate houses, Government & academic institutions, and funding agencies to network and share best practices.


Conference Schedule

The event was designed to facilitate peer learning through:

 Vichar Manthan -  discussion by experts and thought leaders on education and livelihood scenarios, challenges, best practices, approaches and intervention models that work.

Naveen - The demonstration space. Showcased innovative methodology/ pedagogy in the Education & Livelihood space.

Maitri - Kiosks by organizations engaged in innovative and scalable interventions in education & livelihood fields.

Panel Discussion I
Evidence-based Education Innovations (Bridging the gap between academia and industry)
For around a decade, Indians have celebrated the fact that we are a young nation. As per current statistics, around 600 million Indians are under 25. India seems to hold the key as the growth driver through its increasing reservoir of youth. Our demographic dividend.
But age alone cannot be the sole criteria for India to emerge as the global talent pool. Unless the population is employable, the demographic dividend can rapidly degenerate into a demographic liability. This requires that the quality of education is as important as the availability of education opportunities.
India's education system is facing a real crisis and it is so severe that only transformational overhauling would address the fundamental, structural and, systemic constraints it faces. Multiple reports state that "India's Higher Education is not Industry Oriented" and is an 'education-employment mismatch'.
Hence the need for investing early in quality education. There are three broad rationales for putting public resources into quality education. First, it has significant economic and social payoffs. Second, it supports parents and encourages female employment as the access to quality education is easier. Third, it is part of society's responsibility to educate children to combat child poverty and to help children overcome educational disadvantage.
The panel discussion was aimed at highlighting the existing challenges of the education system and the importance of investing early in quality education in India. It was intended to present interventions that have worked and which can be adapted to the education system to increase employability among youth in India.
Panel Discussion II
Incredibly loud and extremely close: What works with young people.
A sound education system is a prerequisite for the development of any nation Effective engagement is about children and youth guiding us into their worlds. Communicating with children and youth requires both, different and similar approaches to engagement with adults.
In India, we underplay the role of children in their own learning. It is a well-known fact that the education system still relies on the traditional methods of using blackboards. Today's India's education system is struggling with challenges like high pupil-teacher ratio, lack of professionally trained teachers and poor level of student learning resulting in weak learning outcomes at each stage of education. The conventional method of teaching is not sufficient to adequately address the academic and employability needs of young people and so the need to increase education impact investment. 
Education impact investing could enable private sector engagement in both public and private education service delivery, and introduce and scale approaches or tools to improve the efficiency of service delivery, promote innovation in teaching and learning methods, and monitor outcomes and systemic effectiveness.
The panel discussion was focused on where educational impact investment efforts should focus, methodologies, pedagogies that yield results while working with children, adolescent and youth populations and the important role sports can play in life skill building and academic achievement.
Panel Discussion III
High Impact Methodologies for Livelihood attainment.  
In the Indian job market around 30 lakh graduates join every year but only about 5 lakh are considered employable. Sectors like IT, BFSI, pharma, healthcare, infrastructure, retail, auto and consumer durables are facing acute manpower shortage. India’s demographic dividend is expected to contribute 25% of the global workforce by the year 2025 and so the magnitude of the challenge is huge. The real issue is not the lack of jobs but the lack of employable, skilled talent. However, due to a single-dimensional, text-book-heavy style of education, young graduates entering the workforce are not equipped with the life skills they need to qualify as employable. NSDC has estimated that by the year 2022 the skill gap in India will be more than 25 crore workers.  While employment augmentation remains a priority, the critical concern is that the young workforce entering the job market every year continues to lack the skills it needs to qualify as employable. With about 1.2 crore individuals joining the workforce every year, tackling the pressing issue of skills' gap is imperative as it could derail India’s growth story.
This panel discussion was aimed at highlighting the existing challenges in employability and livelihood in India and presenting approaches and methods that have worked in achieving high employability, resulting in sustainable livelihood among youth. 
Read the full report here. For any other detail please write to Gauri Naik at maidan@magicbusindia.org.


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