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Class act for Tata, Unicef

Unicef, Pratham Education Foundation and Tata Steel will team up with East Singhbhum administration to start an accelerated learning programme aimed at improving the quality of education in state-run and state-aided schools.

Chief of field services, Unicef India, Carrie Auer met East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande on Wednesday at the district collectorate to discuss the prospects of launching the programme. State Unicef chief Job Zachariah was also present at the meeting.

Pande said the programme would have two components — training teachers and evaluating students.

“Unicef and Pratham Foundation had initially planned to start the learning module in two blocks of the district but Tata Steel deputy vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran expressed the steel giant’s willingness to be involved with the project. He proposed that the plan be extended to all 10 blocks in the district,” said Pande.

While the content for the programme would be prepared by Pratham, funds and infrastructure will be taken care of by Unicef and Tata Steel.

Elaborating on the model, Unicef (Jharkhand) chief Job Zachariah said that the 75-hour-long-module begin from July 15 at all schools.

“Before starting the programme, we will hold a brief training session for the teachers of different schools in each block. The model would be held within scheduled school hours. The total budget for the programme in each block will be in the range of Rs 4 lakh,” he added.