• The Centre and Nagaland government signed a $68 million project with the World Bank on February 22 to enhance the governance of schools across the state as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.
• The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors had approved the project in December 2020.
Significance of this project
• 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 labour market and fuel future growth.
• Today, Nagaland 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 COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated these challenges and created additional stress and disruptions to the state’s school education system.
Strengthening Nagaland’s Education Management and Information System (EMIS) will:
• Enable wider access to education resources.
• Support professional development and performance evaluation systems for teachers and education managers.
• Facilitate school leadership and better management.
• Support examination reforms.
Highlights of the project
• This project is designed to support Nagaland government’s ongoing efforts to improve and develop a more resilient education system in the state.
• The $68 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a final maturity of 14.5 years including a grace period of five years.
The Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project will:
1) Improve classroom instruction.
2) Create opportunities for the professional development of teachers.
3) 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 programmes.
• Such an integrated approach will complement conventional delivery models and help mitigate the challenges posed by COVID-19.
• About 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government education system in Nagaland will benefit from the reforms in schools.
• As part of that strategy, about 15 out of Nagaland’s 44 higher secondary schools will be developed into school complexes that operationalise the envisioned learning environment during the project period.
• The project will support the state’s efforts to reform and improve the learning environment in schools so that they are child-centered, supportive of modern, technology-enabled teaching and learning approaches, and resilient to future shocks.