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Asia Education Foundation (AEF) and Australia India Institute (Aii), Delhi are pleased to announce a series of virtual events exploring Equity in Education: Shared Perspectives between India and Australia. Over the coming months, join AEF, Aii, Delhi, and a series of specialists to discuss three key determinants for Equity in Education in Australia and India; Technology, Gender, and Wellbeing 


Webinar Three: Wellbeing

Over the past year, schools across the world have closed their doors in response to the COVID19 pandemic, disrupting the education of 1.6 billion children of children globally (Karboul 2020). While many schools and school systems across the globe were able to provide continuity of learning through online and remote learning, more than 168 million children were shut out of education completely (UNICEF 2021).  

Now, a year on, as schools across Australia and India prepare to reopen and recommence face-to-face teaching, questions are being asked about how to best overcome the learning gaps, anxiety and trauma caused by the COVID19 disruption. Although wellbeing has traditionally been seen as supplementary to the core academic function of school education, research has long shown that there is an indisputable link between wellbeing and the social, emotional and academic development of both students and educators. As such, it is a key component of equity within schools both with India and Australia. 

With the pandemic still not contained, students in India and Australia face further disruption and uncertainty in their schooling through localised and snap lockdowns. Experts warn that a narrow focus on academic achievement and ‘catching up’ on lost learning could be detrimental to students and teachers ability to return to the classroom, thus moving the focus to the pivotal role wellbeing plays in social, emotional and academic development for students and educators. Schools and systems who had invested in wellbeing prior to the disruptions of the COVID19 pandemic are at a distinct advantage as face-to-face education recommences.  

This webinar explores wellbeing as a key component of equity in education from Australian and Indian perspectives, through the prism of policy/research, education leaders and classroom practitioners. 

This will be an informative discussion across Australia and India, bringing greater awareness and understanding to equity in education. Panelists will explore how research, policies, school leaders and classroom practitioners are shaping programs for the greater wellbeing of students and teachers in schools, with a focus on those who had invested in wellbeing programs prior to COVID19 lockdowns and those who had not. 


2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks


Dr Brian Adams

Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University


Dr Kathleen Turner

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute

Mr Mohamad Abdalla

Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)

Mr Aaron Seeto

Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW

Mr Keith Shangare

Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland


Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research


The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Education Panellists 

Jenni Cook

Jenni Cook, Deputy Principal, Mount Barker High School 

Jenni has been a teacher with the South Australian Department for Education for nearly thirty years. Most of her career has been spent working in disadvantaged schools. She is committed to providing access to education for all and has been implemental in establishing successful programs for disenfranchised young people. Her current role is Deputy Principal at Mount Barker High School, an inner regional co-educational school in the Adelaide Hills. The main foci of her role are student services, wellbeing, inclusion and student voice. Previously Assistant Principal for Positive Education and Teaching Practice at the school, she has led the implementation of Positive Education at Mount Barker High School for the past eight years and runs regular professional learning for other schools interested in embedding Positive Education into their practice. Jenni has a Degree in Education, a Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education, a Graduate Diploma in Art History and is currently working towards a Doctorate with a focus on teachers’ experiences with positive education.

Raminder Kaur Mac

Raminder Kaur Mac, Dean International Affairs, Choithram School, Indore 

Raminder Kaur Mac, Dean - International Affairs at Choithram School, India looks after the school's global citizenship programme and teaches English to grade 11 and 12 students. She was conferred with the Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge from UK based charity Teach a Man to Fish (with award money of US$ 2000), CBSE Teacher Award, British Council Global Teacher Accreditation Award with commendation, British Council Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme Award and was runner up in Global T4 SDG Challenge (with award money of US$ 3000). She ran a community driven campaign to end silence around mental health which helped her to win the national level Jagrajosh Education Award 2021 for best initiative in the field of mental health. She was the Regional Winner (East and South Asia) of 2021 Dedicated Teacher Award organised by Cambridge University Press. She is a British Council School Ambassador, TeachSDGs Ambassador and is on the Teacher Advisory Panel of School Enterprise Challenge. 

Vibha Khosla

Vibha Khosla, Principal, Shri Ram Global School, Delhi – West 

A perspicacious educationist with a pre-eminent career of more than 20 years, being adept at educational planning, administration and neoteric approach to education. Having adept knowledge and experience of dealing with children, She fosters the quintessential skills to help groom young kids into leaders of tomorrow through the use of unconventional teaching strategies integrated with a holistic approach aimed to encompass all areas for healthy intellectual development. She has a knack for planning, development, and execution of pioneering activities- both academic and extra-curricular that are designed to further enhance the comprehensive development of children. Her specialisations also include training of teachers, coordinators and school heads so as to help spread the academic dynamism and ingrain the passion for innovative teaching in them. She is a certified CBSE resource person for imparting trainings. Her outstanding experience and prowess in dealing with children, parents and her staff with ease, has made a dent in the education industry by actively introducing contemporary ways of teaching, learning, management, and student development. Her belief in the Happiness curriculum enhances the positive work environment. 

Industry Panellists 

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Sonal Kapoor, Founder Director, Protsahan India Foundation  

Sonal Kapoor is the Founding Director of Protsahan India Foundation, an organization that works to  support young girls from difficult backgrounds reach their full potential with access to education, healthcare and gender justice. An Ashoka India Fellow with an extensive portfolio of work at the intersectionality of bringing Child Protection and Healing of Childhood Trauma together, Ms Kapoor has worked passionately in this space for over a decade. 

Kaaren Mathias

Kaaren Mathias, Melbourne Graduate School of Population and Health 

Kaaren Mathias is a public health physician and researcher with interests which span youth and community mental health, participation, inclusion, gender and equity in community health systems. Kaaren's research around youth wellbeing has focused on the Nae Disha youth resilience intervention which she developed with team members in North India, and which has demonstrated improved mental health, resilience and social inclusion for young people in disadvantaged settings and has been scaled by the Ministry of Social Empowerment through National Institutes of disablity. Kaaren's focus on youth and equity also covers literacy with a recent paper she has co-authored " The Inconvenient Truth of Illiteracy Inequality: The Intersectionality and compounding effects of sociodemographic disadvantage" recently accepted by India's Economic and Political weekly. Kaaren is founder/ director Burans and is Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She uses mixed methods in research. 

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Anna Dabrowski, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) 

Dr Anna Dabrowski is a Senior Research fellow at ACER and an adjunct lecturer at The University of Melbourne. Anna has a strong interest in system and school responses to student equity and diversity, particularly in transnational spaces. Anna recently published a piece on ‘Teacher wellbeing during a pandemic: Surviving or thriving?’ through ACER.

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