Vidyanjali, which is being implemented under the aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, will enhance the community involvement in government-run elementary schools.
The education minister of India Smriti Zubin Irani introduced in New Delhi Thursday ‘Vidyanjali’- a school volunteer programme.
The programme is supposed to inculcate reading habits among children and create a reading culture at school and community levels.
Smriti Irani said that Vidyanjali is a step forward in creating an ecosystem, wherein education will be attached with imbibing knowledge and improving learning output.
The minister said that numerous researches have reflected that community engagement with schools has led to improvement in the quality of learning and education.
This programme will instil fresh enthusiasm in school children to take up reading and will re-energise the teaching-learning process at schools.
She also emphasised the significance of providing timely remedial support to improve the learning outcomes of school children, thereby reducing the number of school drop-outs.
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The programme is designed to involve volunteers from different walks of life to strengthen the co-scholastic activities in government schools.
Vidyanjali, which is being implemented under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, will enhance the community involvement in government-run elementary schools and engage children in reading, creative writing, public speaking, play acting, preparing storybooks, and so on.
The volunteers can register for free by visiting the MyGov.in or though the mobile app, which has been developed by MyGov. The programme will give freedom to the volunteers to design their activities in consultation with the school.
It will be open for participation by all Indian citizens including retired professionals, retired government officials, working professionals and homemakers; and also persons from the Indian diaspora.
The programme will be piloted across 21 States: Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telengana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
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