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World Bank okays $500 mn education project

The World Bank on Sunday approved a new project, called STARS (Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program), to improve learning outcome and governance of government schools in six Indian states. The six selected states in the country are Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan. It will be executed through the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, the flagship central scheme.

“STARS will help improve learning assessment systems, strengthen classroom instruction, and remediation, facilitate school-to-work transition, and strengthen governance and decentralized management,” the World Bank stated. This endeavor builds on the long partnership between India and the World Bank for strengthening public school education and to support the country’s goal of providing ‘Education for All’. In the past too, the Bank had provided a total assistance of more than $3 billion towards this goal.

STARS will focus directly on the delivery of education services at the state, district and sub district levels by offering customized local-level solutions towards school improvement. It will support individualized, needs-based training for teachers that will give them an opportunity to play an active role in shaping training programs.

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