NITI Aayog signs agreement to document systemic transformation in education
The NITI Aayog has signed a Statement of Intent with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to codify, document and share best practices to improve learning outcomes in public school education through systemic reforms, based on their collective experiences of working with various state governments in India.
The NITI Aayog on February 12, 2019 signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) to codify, document and share best practices to improve learning outcomes in public school education through systemic reforms, based on their collective experiences of working with various state governments in India.
The SOI was signed in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, by Alok Kumar, Adviser (HRD), NITI Aayog and Barun Mohanty, Managing Director (International), MSDF.
• Under the agreement, NITI Aayog and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will document the reforms pursued by various state governments that have initiated systemic reforms in education and have begun to see improved learning outcomes over the past few years.
• A joint team comprising state leaders, consultants, research agencies and educators shall work together to develop a ‘theory of change’ based on the learnings from the states and will document the impact on ground by commissioning third-party studies to evaluate the impact of systemic reforms in education.
• Improving learning outcomes at scale will require a coordinated and simultaneous effort with both academic and governance reforms.
• The key findings of the exercise will then be disseminated to relevant decision-makers and policymakers in other states after a consultative process of validating the same. This will be done through workshops and publications in the coming months.
The NITI Aayog was established with the aim of promoting cooperative and competitive federalism through evidence-based policy reform and knowledge inputs.
Since its inception, the policy think tank has placed learning outcomes as a key focus area for establishing sustainable education systems.
As a part of this push, the School Education Quality Index (SEQI) is being developed to rank states and union territories on educational outcomes, with a high weightage given to learning outcomes.
Further, the body is implementing Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) initiative to induce systemic transformation in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Education also forms a crucial component of the Aspirational Districts Programme, which seeks to improve status of education in the most underserved districts of India.
Nearly 30 million children are reported to have been positively impacted across India through such systemic reforms in education in different states.