$68mn project signed to improve education in State

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, FEB 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/23/2021 12:27:08 PM IST

The Government of India, Government of Nagaland and the World Bank have signed a $68 million project to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.

According to an official statement, the “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” would improve classroom instruction; create opportunities for the professional development of teachers; and 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. 

About 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government education system in Nagaland would benefit from the statewide reforms in schools.

Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, CS Mohapatra said that human resources development plays a key role in any development strategy and the Centre has taken several concrete steps to transform the education landscape in India. He said that the education project in Nagaland would 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 Mohapatra on behalf of the Government of India; Shanavas C, Principal Director, department of School Education on behalf of Nagaland Government; and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.

The statement pointed out that Nagaland was facing 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. It said that COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated those challenges and created additional stress and disruptions to the state’s school education system.

This project is designed to support the Nagaland government’s ongoing efforts to improve and develop a more resilient education system in the state.

Education Specialist and World Bank’s task team leader for the project, Kumar Vivek, said that the project would support the state’s efforts to reform and improve the learning environment in schools.

As part of that strategy, approximately 15 out of Nagaland’s 44 higher secondary schools would be developed into school complexes that operationalize the envisioned learning environment during the project period. 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.

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