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Jamshedpur/Ranchi, May 16: Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (PFEL) has partnered with NITI Ayog to improve Education Indicators in 25 Aspirational Districts across eight states in India, through a network of 300 young, talented youth, named Gandhi Fellows. As an extension of this program, PFEL is working in partnership with Government of Jharkhand and NITI Ayog to improve Education Indicators in Pakur and Sahebganj districts.
One of the key challenges identified in the two districts of Pakur and Sahebganj was low attendance. To address this, Gandhi Fellows, who are the on-ground implementers, mobilized ‘Bal Sansad’ (student cabinet) by conducting workshops in 30 government schools of Barhait Block of Sahebganj district. This resulted in a 25% improvement in attendance in February and March, 2019. In Amrapara Block of Pakur district, Gandhi Fellows worked closely with community members and headmasters to create conducive learning environment for students, resulting in a 24% improvement in attendance.
Commenting on this programme Alok Kumar, Advisor – Human Resource Development, NITI Ayogsaid, “Social transformation is incomplete without the support of society. Therefore, transforming these Aspirational Districts is not only the responsibility of district, state and central governments, but also of organizations like Piramal Foundation. I believe the youth, including Gandhi Fellows, have an immense potential and energy to transform the system’s outcomes.” Kumar also added that there is a need to collectively rethink means to enable desirable quality outcome at speed and scale.
Speaking about the Aspirational Districts Transformation Programme (ADTP) Manmohan Singh, Director, PFEL, said, “I am pleased to announce that PFEL has deployed 21 employees across Pakur and Sahebganj to support District Collectors to improve education indicators set by NITI Ayog. Over 678 libraries have been made functional in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, and 278 schools have been painted under the ‘Building as Learning Aid’ initiative. Through Virtual Field Support Centres, PFEL has empowered 11 women to support teachers on reflecting and mitigating challenges on pedagogy, lesson plans and assessment over telephonic conversations.”