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The "Model School Programme" is being implemented in 117 primary and middle government schools in Uttarakhand.
Its primary aim is to strengthen primary government schools with a focus on quality education. The approach is sustainable as we are working with government schools which will continue to be funded by the government after Plan withdraws. By improving the quality of the schools (public institutions) we invariably touch the lives of the most marginalised and poor children, especially girls, for whom it is the only school available and affordable. Simultaneously though, the project works at building community ownership of the government school through facilitating organisation and capacity building of school management committees; 75% of whose members are parents and through them the development of school development plans. Children's participation in school governance is strengthened through children's clubs which also have an important role in identifying out of school children and in bringing their friends back to school.
Another key objective of the project is to provide the Government of Uttarakhand and India a model that is scalable and is in sync with the Right to Education Act "Model Rules and Norms" which makes 8 years of quality elementary education a fundamental right in India.
There are two specific aspects of the project that lends it the innovations cutting edge. The first is the development in Hindi of the Multi-Grade Multi-Level (MGML) Teaching Module for classes 1 to 5. It was earlier available in Telegu.
The other advantages of the MGML are:
The second aspect around innovations is the Positive Discipline Manual developed under this project has been widely accepted by the government and civil society alike. The positive discipline manual answers the key question of actively engaging children without resorting to corporal punishment.