The World Bank Board of Executive Directors have approved a $500 million program that will aim to better the quality of education and governance in schools spanning across six states of India. The Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) will focus on Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
“Some 250 million students (between the age of 6 and 17) in 1.5 million schools and over 10 million teachers will benefit from the program. The STARS program builds on the long partnership between India and the World Bank (since 1994), for strengthening public school education and to support the country’s goal of providing Education for All,” said World Bank in an official press release.
Through the project, India will improve learning outcomes and equip young students with required skills to meet the demands of future labour market.
“STARS will support India’s response to this challenge by strengthening implementation at the local level, investing in teacher capacity and ensuring that no child of any background is left behind from the right to education,” comments Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director.
STARS will include customised local level education solutions and delivery of education services at the state, district and sub-district levels. On obtaining data from National Achievement Survey (NAS), STARS will gauge the impact of the initiative.
The project will also focus on teachers’ training and students belonging from disadvantaged sections of the society such as ST and minority communities.