CENTA’s Global Mobile Platform Crosses the 1 Million Teacher Mark
Centre for Teacher Accreditation Private Limited launches its enhanced native application CENTA, to simplify access to learning resources for educators across the globe. The app will enable users to track their professional development progress in a granular manner. In addition to tracking progress through block-chain enabled digital credentials and making suggestions through its recommendation engine, CENTA serves as a multifaceted platform designed to certify teacher competencies and streamline the otherwise intricate process of seeking and applying for jobs within the education sector. The web format of the platform has crossed the 1 million teacher mark in less than 4 years, making it the world’s largest platform for teachers. The platform has witnessed over 3.5 mn learning engagements in the past 12 months. Now available on Google Playstore and Apple App Store, the app is expected to make access to skill upgradation and accreditation significantly easier. This will help reach a much larger number of teachers, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 towns, where the proliferation of smartphones is higher than computers.
The native app version was launched at the Global Teachers’ Meet, held online through Jio Events platform, to promote dialogue on the crucial role of Teachers in shaping the economy. Dr. Carlos Vegas (International Task Force on Teachers, UNESCO) spoke about global mobility as an opportunity to address the problem of Teacher shortage, Mr. Subramaniam Ramadorai (Former CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services) initiated a discussion on the collaboration between nations & teachers to shape the economy and Usha Kakarla (Principal Secretary, School Education – Govt. of Tamil Nadu) spoke about the state’s initiatives including competency development & leadership training for teachers as well as school leaders. With participation from educators, policymakers, and business leaders representing globally diverse backgrounds, the event facilitated an exchange of ideas and best practices.
Recognizing and honouring the vital role of educators in the economy, Prachi Lahiri, a Teacher from National Public School, Bangalore, delivered the keynote address for the event. The Global Teachers’ Meet also saw teachers being rewarded and recognized based on their performance in the CENTA International Teaching Professionals Olympiad(TPO), as well as teachers who have invested in their own professional development.
Ramya Venkataraman Founder & CEO at CENTA said, “CENTA aims to make teaching aspirational by creating career growth, earnings and recognition, for competent teachers. Through the global CENTA platform, we are bringing together teachers, employers, governments and other stakeholders, towards this objective. I am thrilled that 1 million teachers from across the world now find this platform useful. The new native app will be a one-stop solution which provides access to 1000+ curated resources to help educators upskill themselves.”
In the coming months, the CENTA platform is scheduled to launch an interactive community among its users, aiming to promote engagement and knowledge sharing within the teaching community. The upcoming feature will enable users to connect, collaborate, and communicate with each other, facilitating meaningful interactions among educators worldwide. By providing a platform for educators to engage in discussions, share experiences, and exchange ideas, CENTA will foster a sense of community and mutual support within the ecosystem.
Other prominent speakers and attendees included Wendy Kopp (CEO at Teach For All, Founder at Teach for America), Dr. Emily Feistritzer (Founder & Executive Director at Future Teaching Institute), James Tooley (Vice Chancellor at The University of Buckingham), Amit Chandra (Co-founder A.T.E. Chandra Foundation & Chairperson, Bain Capital India Office), Susanne Thompson (President of Teacher Education, Moreland University (Colibri Group)), Dr. K. V. Subramanian (Economist and India’s Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund), Vanita Sharma (Advisor – Strategic Initiatives at Reliance Foundation), Seema Bansal (Partner and Director at Boston Consulting Group), Li-Kai Chen, (Senior Partner and Managing Partner, Malaysia at McKinsey & Company), Shalini Puchalapalli (Country Head & Senior Director of Google Customer Solutions).