A globally acknowledged best practice in education, and awarded as a model of joint programming by the UN, Janshala covered 25 districts and reached almost three million children in nine states.
Flexible, open and decentralised, Janshala had a community-centred approach, without any rigid framework. The aim was to address state-specific needs and preserve the local flavour. Yet, the programme had one vision; that of achieving universal elementary education.
Janshala focused on establishment and training of Village Education Committees in microplanning, developing Government schools as ‘empowering community schools’ and establishment of institutions like Cluster and Block Resource.
In Janshala for the first time, five UN agencies UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, ILO and UNFPA joined together with the governments to improve the quality of education.