Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports, etc.

[pib] NIPUN Bharat Programme

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : NIPUN Bharat

Mains level : Not Much

Union Minister for Education has launched a National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat).

NIPUN Bharat

  • This scheme aims for ensuring that every child in the country necessarily attains foundational literacy.
  • It has been launched under the aegis of the centrally sponsored scheme of Samagra Shiksha.
  • It would cover the learning needs of children in the age group of 3 to 9 years.
  • The unique feature is that the goals of the Mission are set in the form of Lakshya Soochi or Targets for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy.
  • The Lakshyas are based on the learning outcomes developed by the NCERT and international research and ORF studies.

Envisaged outcomes

  • Foundational skills enable to keep children in class thereby reducing the dropouts and improve transition rate from primary to upper primary and secondary stages.
  • Activity-based learning and a conducive learning environment will improve the quality of education.
  • Innovative pedagogies such as toy-based and experiential learning will be used in classroom transactions thereby making learning a joyful and engaging activity.
  • Intensive capacity building of teachers
  • Since almost every child attends early grades, therefore, focus at that stage will also benefit the socio-economic disadvantageous group thus ensuring access to equitable and inclusive quality education.
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