President Obama meets Quest Alliance

How often do you get the chance to ask the former President of the United States for advice on your work? It’s an opportunity that Quest Alliance Executive Director Aakash Sethi was given earlier this month, when he was invited by the Obama Foundation to the December 1 Town Hall session in New Delhi.

Joining almost 300 young Indian leaders for discussions around active citizenship, Aakash spoke directly to the president about youth employability in the Indian context. After introducing President Obama to Quest’s work in school dropout prevention and job-readiness, Aakash probed the president on the best way forward in creating young people with 21st Century skills. We were struck by how far the president’s answer, with its focus on the importance of building scalable models, resonated with Quest’s values and larger vision.

Listen to the question and answer at 1 hour 59 minutes in the video above, and read the transcript below.

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November 2017 at Quest

The month in words! Our round-up of what the Quest team has been writing and reading in the education and skilling space this month. 

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New perspectives 

Ashutosh Tosaria wrote about the experience of young people on the fringes of the education and skilling ecosystem by personifying ‘the job’. Read Autobiography of a Job here.

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Design Thinking to Stay Learner Centred

Design thinking and innovation studio Quicksand has worked with Quest Alliance since its inception. Here, Quicksand’s Kevin Shane & Babitha George explain why sustained engagement is at the heart of designing something with the ability to meaningfully improve the quality of life of the individuals being designed for.

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Design thinking has become a favoured methodology for innovation and user-centered design in recent years. While there is a lot of interest and excitement, the nature of this process requires sustained engagement and commitment, in order to allow for sustained change. At its core, design thinking is about empathy and a deep understanding of people’s needs — and designing for those needs.

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A Growth Mindset at The Riverside School

Riverside School teachers Neena Mehta, Jahnavi Mehta, Mira Thomas & Ranjhani Iyer take us on a walk around the school campus in Ahmedabad, sharing the unique pedagogy of one of India’s most successful schools, and discussing the value of alternative education models.

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The Riverside School has been demonstrating a child-centred learning model since its inception in 2001. Built on the principle of putting common sense to common practice it creates a nurturing environment in which every child can thrive. As a sector focussed on learning and creating environments that facilitate learning, we have a lot to learn from Riverside’s 15 years of experience.  Continue reading “A Growth Mindset at The Riverside School”

The Rainbow of Unemployability

Ashutosh Tosaria is a Senior Programme Manager at Quest Alliance, overseeing the growth of the seminal blended-learning employability program, MyQuest. Here, Ashutosh reflects on his own career journey, and his close encounter with unemployability.

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Let’s start with my story. In 2004 I was in Delhi desperately looking to work and earn, while I completed the final year of my engineering degree, a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication, to be precise. Continue reading “The Rainbow of Unemployability”

The Learnership

A year-long course in welding at an Industrial Training Institute in Bangalore laid the foundation for former Quest Alliance employee Archita Sisodia to turn entrepreneur.

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“I didn’t feel like I was making enough of an impact, and I knew that I needed to learn more before I could offer more. I joined not to learn welding, but to understand the ecosystem of an ITI”

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The Mastery Mindset

Nine-times world billiards champion Geet Sethi shares why finding your passion, honing your focus and following your heart is at the root of success

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What does it mean to talk about a mastery mindset? For me, it’s about truly understanding something. Because learning is a mindset, and a lifelong process, we need to focus on that understanding, rather than rote learning, or committing facts to memory. Ultimately, learning is not information, but this process of understanding.

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