Quality Education Package for primary schools
Education quality has received a great deal of attention in recent years. There is agreement that quality needs to be improved. Yet, there appears to be very little consensus on what improved quality really means in India and what factors contribute to its development.
According to research, a child’s participation in school and the amount that he or she learns is dependant on several factors such as familial influences, education, occupation and income. Other household and school-related factors are also important.
Some tangible school-related factors which have a positive impact on quality:
Addressing these school-level factors can make a significant difference to the quality of school environment. They can positively impact attendance, retention and transition levels, as well as gender issues, learning achievements and community participation.
Going to school will be a motivating experience if strategies are implemented to stimulate innate curiosity through active, participatory learning; facilitate increase in knowledge levels; develop relevant life skills; and create a child-friendly, hygienic and aesthetically pleasing environment.
As part of its mandate, UNICEF India has conceptualized a holistic, gender-sensitive Quality Education Package for implementation in primary schools. The QEP Project involves a multi-pronged approach, involving strategies for the facilitation of across-the-board improvements in the entire curricular package, including teaching-learning materials, classroom transactions, teacher training, assessment and examinations. The package simultaneously assists in building community-school linkages and dealing with infrastructure and environment issues.
A holistic broad-based approach is of particular importance to ensure meaningful, sustainable achievements.
The Project supports the improvement of quality in primary schools through interventions in four key areas:
The hallmark of the quality education package is its focus on the widest possible school canvas and emphasis on delivery of solutions in an integrated fashion.
Key elements essential to successful scaling up have been built into the QEP Project:
The Project acknowledges that realizing the desired quality standards in the project schools requires partnership between government civil society and other key stakeholders.
Indeed, the QEP Project has been designed specifically to catalyse and foster a positive, participative community outlook and deliver a sustainable impact over a relatively brief period of time.