WB apporves $68mn worth education project for Nagaland

DIMAPUR, DEC 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/16/2020 12:39:03 PM IST

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Tuesday approved a $68 million project—The Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project—to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.  

In a press release, the World Bank noted “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.”

It stated that COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated those challenges and created additional stress and disruptions to the state’s school education system.

According to the World Bank, the 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. Such an integrated approach would complement conventional delivery models and help mitigate the challenges posed by COVID-19, it stated.

“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,” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India. About 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government education system in Nagaland would benefit from the statewide reforms in schools.

Strengthening Nagaland’s Education Management and Information System (EMIS) would enable wider access to education resources; support professional development and performance evaluation systems for teachers and education managers; facilitate school leadership and better management; and support examination reforms.

“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,” said Kumar Vivek, Education Specialist and the World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project.

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.

The $68 million project is one of the four India projects worth over $800 million approved by the World Bank. “The four projects will support India’s efforts to build back better by creating a sustainable and resilient economy,” said Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India.

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