The efforts of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) are aimed at providing useful and relevant elementary education for all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years and to bridge social, regional and gender gaps, with the active participation of the community in the management of schools. In this article we focus on the educational efforts of Goa and explore the diverse range of activities being undertaken in the State under SSA
By Pragya Gupta
The mission statement of the Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan emphasises on an urgent requirement for the appointment of trained teachers and provision of remedial teaching, improvement of school infrastructure, out of school children, children with special needs, and community mobilisation. The focus has been on increasing access, enrolment and bridging gender and social gaps. Retention, quality education and bringing back out of school children have been the key thrust areas. Activities of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan in the state has been working towards this direction.
TRAINING ACTIVITIES IN CCE
Carrying forward the steps towards implementation of the Right to Education Act in Goa, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) designed a scheme of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) to be enforced in all the primary and upper primary schools in the State from the academic year 2011-12. “Goa SSA has shouldered responsibility of imparting training to the heads of the upper primary and secondary schools in the state to actualise the step towards implementation of CCE in their schools. 400 heads of these schools were imparted one day training in CCE between June 20 and 28, 2011”, says Madhav Joshi, State Programme Coordinator, Goa SSA.
Joshi further elaborates that presently, the Goa SSA has launched programmes through the Taluka Level School Complex Committees (TLSCCs). About 3500 teachers teaching in the upper primary schools will receive training. Following these programmes, authorities of the Goa SSA programme have planned to take up training programmes for the primary teachers in the State. Around 3000 teachers will be trained in near future. The senior teachers, experts and the headmasters who have already been trained contribute to the teacher training programme as resource persons.
TEACHER TRAINING IN E-LEARNING PROGRAMMES
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