The Centre, Nagaland government and the World Bank have signed a 68 million dollar project to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.
The “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” will improve classroom instruction; create opportunities for the professional development of teachers.
It will also build technology systems to provide students and teachers with more access to blended and online learning as well as allow better monitoring of policies and programs.
It is expected that the integrated approach will complement conventional delivery models and help mitigate the challenges posed by COVID19.
About 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government education system in Nagaland will benefit from the statewide reforms in schools, said a press statement.
C S Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, stated: “Human resources development plays a key role in any development strategy and the Government of India has taken several concrete steps to transform the education landscape in India. The education project in Nagaland will address the critical gaps faced by students and teachers and play an important role in the development of the state.”
The agreement was signed by CS Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India; Shanavas C, Principal Director, Directorate of School Education, on behalf of the Government of Nagaland; and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.
It was stated that Nagaland now faces challenges of weak school infrastructure, lack of opportunities for the professional development of teachers and limited capacity on the part of communities to partner effectively with the school system.
The COVID19 pandemic further accentuated these challenges and created additional stress and disruptions to the state’s school education system.
Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India, uttered: “Even as the number of children attending school in India has increased over the last few years, there is a growing need to significantly improve learning outcomes to meet the demands of the labor market and fuel future growth. This project is designed to support the Government of Nagaland’s ongoing efforts to improve and develop a more resilient education system in the state.”
As part of that strategy, approximately 15 out of Nagaland’s 44 higher secondary schools will be developed into school complexes that operationalize the envisioned learning environment during the project period.