$250 million World Bank loan to improve quality of learning in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has adopted a new competency-based teaching-learning approach
The Government of India, Government of Andhra Pradesh and the World Bank have signed a $250 million loan agreement for a project to improve the quality of learning in Andhra Pradesh.
The project will benefit over 50 lakh students and teachers:
* About 40 lakh students (between the age of six and fourteen) in over 45,000 government schools
* Over 10 lakh children (between the age of three and six) enrolled in Anganwadis (Integrated Child Development Centers)
* About 1,90,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 Anganwadi workers.
The legal agreements for the loan were signed on November 18, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday.
According to the ministry, the Supporting Andhra's Learning Transformation Project will encourage:
* Professional development of teachers.
* Provide remedial learning courses for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Pay special attention to students from marginalized groups, including children with special needs, scheduled tribes, and girls.
Andhra Pradesh has adopted a new competency-based teaching-learning approach.
The project will improve teaching practices through classroom-based mentorships, need-based teacher training for teachers of all grades and subjects, Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) methods, and other forms of remedial education linked to standardized school-based assessments.
Developing the institutional capacity of schools for delivering these services will go a long way in building community confidence and improving the learning environment.
The project will help with better maintenance of school facilities, support involvement of parents in school management and monitoring, make data available, and enhance school safety.
The project will also introduce a one-year preschool-level course in 3,500 schools in the tribal blocks. It will help address the issue of low learning levels amongst the tribal community.