UnitedNation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 underlines the necessity to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. According to UNESCO’s UIS data for the school year ending in 2018, about 258 million children and youth are out of school. Out of these, 59 million children were of primary school age. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse globally, as the schools remained closed for along time, and families suffered loss of jobs and lives. In India, 6,545,825 children of the school going age were Out of School in year 2020, as per WorldBank data. Although, the Right to Education act - 2009 mandates free and compulsory education for all the children between 6 to 14 years of age in India, the act is yet to be fully achieved.
We are honored to be in collaboration with Humana People to People India (HPPI) to make quality education more inclusive and equitable.
HPPI is a member of the international Humana People to People Federation (www.humana.org). HPPI’s educational initiatives are designed in alignment with the overarching spirit of the Agenda for SDG 2030, encapsulated in the phrase ‘Leaving no one behind’. HPPI has been pursuing the approach of inclusive education since the inception of the organization. HPPI not only caters to the need for making education accessible to all, but also addresses the issue of quality through developing and implementing innovative, student-centered models in education. In 2021-22, HPPI is implementing educational programs in eight states: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana and Rajasthan in India.
Making education purposeful
HPPI contributes to the overall progress towards a more inclusive education system with equitable access to opportunities, as well as supporting the effort to make education purposeful for the learner, so that it equips every student with the knowledge, understanding and capacities to be active participants in forming the future.
With the idea of bringing children back to school and help them in continuing their education, HPPI developed the Kadam model as a unique solution in year 2013/14. Kadam enables Out ofSchool Children close their learning gaps and integrate into regular classes.In 2016, the model was further tested as a remedial education program Kadam+ for in-school children, and showed great promise. The capacity to design relevant and operationally sound programs, combined with years of experience including established relationships with government departments, has placed HPPI in a unique opportunity to impact projects at scale and impact quality of education in India. Since the inception of Kadam in year 2015 to August2022 more than 162,682 Out of School Children enrolled in Kadam program for bridge education. Out of these children 106,825 have completed the programme and have been integrated in regular classes. In Kadam+ schools, so far 116,415primary school children have been enrolled. Out of them 81,423 have completed the programme.
The NecessaryTeacher Training (NeTT) program is another important educational program ofHPPI, which supports the Pre-service teacher training in India and equips the graduating teachers with child-centric pedagogy and prepare them to deal with 21stcentury challenges. The programme was first launched in year2009. As of August 2022, approximately 15,567 student teachers have graduated in the NeTT programme. Approximately 50% have obtained jobs as teachers, mainly in government schools.
Cooperation and support from Planet Aid and RIST
HPPI supports education as a common good, and therefore, implement programmes aligned with, as a part of and in cooperation with the public school system of the country. This cooperation is further sustained through the funding support from the partners across different countries. PlanetAid is also a member of the HumanaPeople to People Federation. Planet Aid has been supporting HPPI in implementing educational programs for more than a decade. . This support has played an important role in HPPI’s ability and resources to develop its models in teacher training and child-centred learning.
Uttar Pradesh (UP) is among one of the states having the largest number of out of school children in the country. The teacher education institutions on the state also required support for preparing quality teachers. In July 2018,HPPI started receiving funding support from Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST)in implementing NeTT and Kadam+ in UP. Initially RIST started supporting from 1stof July 2018 and continued till 30th June 2021. Meanwhile, the partnership was renewed on 1st of October 2020 and that will be continued till 30th of Sept 2025. HPPI and RIST also agreed to support the UP governments’ SHARDA program to include Kadam Methodologies aspart of their curriculum. This program operates from 1st April 2022to 31st March 2023.
Achieving beyond planned goals
The RIST-HPPI partnership has helped to achieve excellent results and have been able to surpass the targets.
* Around 75% of the children attending the Kadam+program in UP, reached their age-appropriate level before being integrated in regular classes.
* 96% of these children have continued school two years after the end of the project.
* For the in-school children in the same project, the number of children with age-appropriate learning levels increased from 37%to 72% across the grades.
HPPI had a desired goal of significantly improving the learning outcomes of 24,000 children in 240 primary schools and working with 1,200 teachers.Against this goal, HPPI achieved significant improvements in learning outcomes for 31,494 children in 312 primary schools and worked with 1,247 teachers. Similarly, against a desired goal of providing bridge education to 9,600 Out of SchoolChildren and getting them enrolled in the schools HPPI has been able to provide bridge education to 9,795 children and supporting them getting enrolled in government primary schools.
HPPI aims to achieve the following objectives by the year 2025 in UP,with the funding support from RIST:
As of August 2022, HPPI ha sbeen working with 188 schools, 856 teachers and have reached 25,901children through Kadam program. Similarly, under the Necessary Teacher Training(NeTT) programme 1,702 student-teachers are enrolled, out of which 714 have graduated, 460teachers received in-service training, 211 NeTT alumni engaged through various activities.