The East Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to implement ‘Mission Buniyaad’ and ‘NIPUN Bharat’ programmes in all its schools. This was stated by the EDMC officials on Wednesday.
The Delhi government in February 2018 had announced the launch of ‘Mission Buniyaad’ for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools. National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) was launched in July 2021 under the aegis of centrally sponsored scheme of ‘Samagra Shiksha’.
Municipal Commissioner Vikas Anand, senior officials, and principals from different schools were present in the meeting. The commissioner said due to the pandemic and consequent closure of schools, there has been a “huge gap” in the education of children in the last two years.
“EDMC is going to implement ‘Mission Buniyaad’ and ‘NIPUN Bharat‘ programmes in all EDMC schools,” the civic body said in a statement. Under the ‘Mission Buniyaad’ programme which will run from April to June for classes 3 to 5 in civic schools and classes 6 to 8 in government schools, children undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialised ‘Mission Buniyaad classes’.
The commissioner added that special classes will be organised for children under ‘Mission Buniyaad’ even during summer vacations. Similarly, ‘NIPUN Bharat’ programme is specially designed for children in the age group of 3-9 years. He said in this direction, a mega parent-teacher meeting is being organised in all schools of the corporation on April 16 in which parents will be informed about the two programmes in detail.
The Department of School Education and Literacy had launched the National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy called NIPUN Bharat in July 2021. The mission aims to achieve universal foundational literacy and numeracy in primary classes. Anand said study material for ‘Mission Buniyaad’ has already been distributed by ‘Samagra Shiksha’ to all EDMC schools.