Education

World Bank approves $500 mn education project for six states

The World Bank said on Sunday that its board approved a $ 500 million project to improve learning outcomes and governance of government schools in six Indian states.

“India has taken important steps to improve access to education across the country. Between 2004–05 and 2018–19, the number of school-going children increased from 219 million to 248 million, but the learning outcomes of students of all age groups are equal.

In Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan, the flagship Central Plan Samagam Shiksha Abhiyan, teaching-training and outcome strengthening project for the states will be implemented.

The World Bank said, “STARS will help improve learning assessment systems, strengthen classroom instruction and redistribution, facilitate school-to-work transition, and strengthen governance and decentralized management.” Helps students prepare better for future jobs. STARS builds on the partnership between India and the World Bank since 1994 to strengthen the school education system and support the goal of providing education to all. Prior to STARS, the World Bank provided over $ 3 billion in aid in this direction.

“India recognizes the need to significantly improve its learning outcomes to promote future development and to meet the demands of the labor market. Junaid Ahmed, the country’s director of the World Bank in India, said that STARS will strengthen the implementation at the local level, invest in teacher capacity and ensure that no child of any background is left behind by the right to education. Will help in response.

More than 52% of children in government-run schools in six project states are from the weaker sections, such as the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minority Communities, and the World Bank said that its project will deliver a curriculum that keeps pace with emerging needs is. Of the job market.

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