TED NewsDesk, Guwahati: The government of India and the State government of Nagaland have signed a $68 mn project with World Bank to improve the teaching quality, governance, and environment in select schools of Nagaland.
The project named, “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” is expected to “improve classroom instruction, 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 and create opportunities for the professional development of teachers,” A finance ministry statement said.
The reforms will benefit 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government schools of Nagaland. This project will also help to mitigate the challenges that have been posed by covid-19 and will complement conventional delivery models as well.
World Bank Country Director in India, Junaid Ahmad said, “that 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.”
This project has come at a very crucial time as Nagaland faces many issues when it comes to its education sectors such as weak school infrastructure, meager opportunities for professional growth of teachers, and limited capacity on the part of communities to partner effectively with the school system. The covid-19 pandemic had further revealed these fault lines but the project will improve the conditions in the foreseeable future.