Kohima, Feb 23: The Union govt, govt of Nagaland and the World Bank have signed a $68 million project to enhance the governance of schools across the North Eastern state of Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in selective schools. The agreement was signed between C. S Mohapatra Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance's Dept of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Govt of India, Shanavas C, Principal Director, Department of School Education on behalf of the Govt of Nagaland, and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.
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The 'Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project' will improve classroom instruction and 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.
An integrated approach will complement conventional delivery models and help mitigate the challenges posed by COVID 19. About 1,50,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the govt education system in Nagaland will benefit from the statewide reforms in schools. C.S. Mohapatra, said that human resources development plays a key role in any development strategy and the Indian Govt has taken several concrete steps to transform the education landscape in India. He added that the education project in Nagaland will address the critical gaps faced by students and teachers and play an important role in the development of the state.
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Junaid Ahmad from World Bank 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. The education project in Nagaland is designed to support the state govt's ongoing efforts to improve and develop a more resilient education system in the state.
Under the concerned project, approximately 15 out of Nagaland’s 44 higher secondary schools will 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 5 years.