Schemes and Activities
Under Innovative activity each District is allotted Rs.One crore for five major activities which are described below:
v Early Childhood Care and Education
v Girls Education
v Computer Aided Learning
v Minority Children
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Under ECCE, pre-school children are prepared for regular schooling and sociability. The activities carried out are supply of play materials, child friendly environment materials and self learning maths kits to the centres, joint training to VEC members and Anganwadi workers in centres.
Upgradation of Anganwadi into Pre-primary school
Under ICDS WBA (III) scheme, around 45,739 centres have been functioning. Under SSA assistance has been offered to strengthen these existing centres. As an innovative measure, Select 20,000. Anganwadis were upgraded as pre-primary schools in three phases during 2003-2005. In the process of upgradation, priority has been given to the centres attached to the primary schools. All the 20,000 upgraded centres have been supplied with play materials worth Rs.1500/- and kit materials for Rs.225/- as one-time intervention. Child Friendly environment Materials such as kid chair, mat, fan, water drum, kid pillows etc., work Rs.3000 per centre have been supplied to 6652 centres. During the year 2007-08, 4440 centres were supplied with Maths mini kit materials. During the year 2008-09, 4410 centres were supplied with Maths mini kit materials and in 2009- 10, 6383 centres were supplied with Maths mini kit materials.
Joint Training and Anganwadi training in upgraded centres
As an initiative towards quality improvement, a joint training has been organized for the Anganwadi workers, teachers, health workers and VEC members to enable them to know the value of pre-primary education and to know the early childcare and its significance in SSA context. A special module on the significance of pre-school children has been prepared in convergence with ICDS and circulated to Districts. Around 45289 members have been trained. Around 45289 members have been trained. In the year 2009-10, training had been organized for 20315 Anganwadi workers.
Objectives of Girls Education
· Educating Girls is imperative to achieve the goal of Universal Education
· Girls Education and Literacy have a direct impact on empowerment of women
· To achieve 100% NER among girls and to retain the girls already enrolled in school
Special strategies have been adopted
Activities under Girls Education
1. Vocational Training – for upper primary girls
2. Supply of learning materials / workbooks / Maths / Science kit
3. Remedial coaching – for upper primary girls
4. English Communication skills development training – for upper primary girls
5. Life Skills Training – for upper primary girls
6. Exposure visit
7. Sanitary Napkins preparation
Girls Education – Beneficiaries 2002-03 to 2009-10
During 2002-03, 33530 children were covered under vocational training and during 2003-04, 4,44,743 girls were given vocational training. During 2004-05, as many as 10,11,153 girls were given vocational training and 100 girls were covered under Life Skills training. During 2005-06, 7,50,817 girls were given vocational training and 6,155 girls were covered under Life skills training and during 2006-07, 29000 girls were given vocational training and 34800 girls were covered under Life Skills training. During the year 2007-08, 340077 girls were given vocational training and 35879 girls were covered under Life skills training. 119951 girls were given English Communication skills development training. During the year 2008-09, 4200 schools were distributed with Maths kits. 57,000 girls have been covered under English communication skills training. During the 2009-10, 4590 schools were distributed with Maths kit 51300 girls were covered under Life Skills / Sanitary Napkins preparation training. 1313 girls were benefitted by Exposure visit.
Education of SC/ST children
In Tamilnadu, the progress in respect of enrolment and participation of SC/ST children has been quite satisfactory over the past six years. Much emphasis has been given to the improvement of access in remote, tribal areas through AIE programmes. This issue has been addressed on a priority basis by opening centres for conducting bridge courses, wherever needed. The SC/ST children who are already in the system of regular schools have been given the following additional interventions
Interventions given for SC/ST children:
Computer Aided Learning
SSA TamilNadu with the visionary initiatives supported by pedagogic measures have been taken to strengthen the CAL mechanism and ensure it’s proper delivery.
§ The State brings a better balance between equity to rural and urban children for excellence in education by establishing new CAL centres in the schools for promoting innovative use of CAL in Education.
o The State put to rights on innovative of knowledge by providing training to the teachers with the basic skills on computer for the use of CAL in their Teaching and encouraging participation in the Class room Teaching Learning process for effectiveness of ABL in Primary classes and for ALM enrichment in Upper Primary Classes.
o The State focuses and giving enormous support for the production, distribution and Stimulating the development of e- Learning and Teaching content, and access to divers contents is crucial for improvement of knowledge at primary and upper Primary level with the team of teachers
The State has
ü State Resource Group- Preparation of Modules and e-Learning Content materials and Training
ü Subject Specific Teachers- For Preparing Teaching Learning Materials
ü Expert Master Trainers Group- Training to the Teachers ( Intel, Microsoft & NIIT)
Progress on CAL upto 2009-10
Implementation record of CAL since start ( from 2004-05 ) in the State
(Year wise achievement including last years to be mentione in separate rows)
1. List of Contents/ Teaching-Learning Materials developed/ available/ used so far
Capacity Building of Teachers under CAL
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan –Tamil nadu focuses on providing teachers with the skills and abilities for critical reception, assessment and use of CAL in their Teaching Learning Process
Another area is capacity building in the use of ICT for education, particularly as regards to improving literacy and teacher training.
Everybody should have the
opportunity to acquire the skills in order to understand,
participate actively in, and benefit fully from the emerging
Supporting Private Partnership involved in the Activity under SSA in the CAL Programme
3. Azim Premji Foundation-APF
It is essential that information specialists have access to training, continuing education and lifelong learning.
MICROSOFT and NIIT
Computer Knowledge Development Training Programme through MICROSOFT and NIIT to create Digital lessons for the class room handling, Technology to create lesson plans, Documentation and Reporting, Create School Reports, Class Performance Reports, Administrative Reports and to explore the innovative resources on the World Wide Web
Project Based Learning Training Programme for the teachers through INTEL to Prepare digital lesson plan, how to plan Project Based Learning with the Pedagogy within a curriculum framework, Preparing to the best evaluation tool to asses the technology based projects that would be submitted by the students at Upper Primary level
Duration of the training programme
Microsoft “Project Shiksha” - Empowering the Future
Information and communications technology has touched our world in many ways. Technology has revolutionized the world of learning and today it is expanding education beyond conventional boundaries, opening up a world of endless possibilities for people across the world.
However, it is also a fact that there are many schools – and therefore, teachers and students – without access to technology. As a result, there is a considerable difference between the ones who have access to computer enabled education and those without it. Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PIL) initiative aims to bridge this divide. The programme is all about helping schools, students and teachers realize their potential through technology aided teaching and learning processes.
Partners in Learning is about empowering teachers and students to achieve their fullest potential by providing greater access to the latest computer technologies and training in how best to use them.
Empowering the Future, aims to accelerate computer literacy by providing a comprehensive programme which includes software solutions, comprehensive training for teachers and students, IT curriculum development and scholarships for teachers and students across India.
Key goals of Project Shiksha
· Deliver IT literacy and skills development to accelerate computer literacy for teachers, students and the broader academic community.
· Enable students to lead in IT skills
· Empower students to become the next generation of cutting edge professionals.
· Enable students to innovate and sustain India as an IT powerhouse.
Project Shiksha Highlights
· Microsoft has so far signed up with State Government in 2005 and set-up one IT Academy Centres and Seven Training centres.
· A total of 16000+ teachers across the state have already been trained so far through this programme.
· Microsoft has launched Project Shiksha in JNV Panchawati, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and trained teachers on integrating IT in education for enhanced student learning.
Microsoft awards “Partners in Learning Certificate” to deserving teachers. Certificates are awarded approximately three months after culmination of training contingent to certification criteria being met. The aim of certification is to motivate teachers to use computers at their workplace (school) and drive usage for benefit of both school and students.
• Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards
Microsoft organizes annual event “Innovative Teachers Leadership Award” for all teachers who have measurable impact of their innovative handling of academic endeavors. The teachers first compete at the national level and the winners get an opportunity to participate in Microsoft’s Regional Meet internationally. The winner of the Regional Meet gets an opportunity to showcase his/her work in the final World Wide Teachers Meet
Winners of the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award
In 2007 , Mr.K.Rajesh Kumar, Secondary Grade Teacher of Panchayat Union Primary School, Kanuvai, Periyanayakanpalayam, Coimbatore has been selected for the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2006-07 instituted by the Microsoft Corporation. Mr.Rajesh Kumar’s computer based science project on “Paramecium” won the award in 2007-08. He is one from Tamil Nadu and one of the 10 from across the country
In 2008 , Mr. B. Dhandapani, Block Resource Teacher Educator from Thiruvarur District has been selected for the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2007. Mr. Dhandapani’s science project on “Images Formed by a Concave Mirror” won the award. Mr. Dhandapani participated in the Innovative Leadership Forum function held at Vietnam
In 2009, Around 80,000 teachers across the country registered in the competition and 15,000 projects were submitted. Two teachers from Tamil Nadu has been selected and participted in ITLA event.
Mr. G Sankar from Panchayat Union Primary School, Ramanayakanpet, Vellore District and Mrs. M Kohila rom SMRV Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil, Kanyakuamri are the winners from Tamil Nadu participated in the Innovative Teachers Conference held in Salvador, Brazil.
Intel - Mission and Objectives:
The SSA - Intel® Education Initiative is a large-scale, sustained commitment to accelerate education
Improvement for the knowledge economy – as a trusted partner to government and educators worldwide.
Intel’s education programmes focus on
The SSA- is a professional development programme that helps classroom teachers effectively integrate technology to enhance student learning. It is the most successful professional development programme and It exposes the teachers to the real of technology and introduces them to the world of computers and multimedia. The programme showcases an alternative teaching and learning methodology to the teachers which when passed on to the students, motivates them towards higher learning.
In October 2004 an MOU was signed between Intel and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) , Government of Tamilnadu. The Chennai Corporation programme was merged as a part of it. Pilot training programme was launched in Theni, Villuppuram and Madurai during the last quarter of 2004.
After the successful completion in the pilot districts, the training was extended to other districts and completed successfully in June 2006 and the programme is still implemented by extending the relationship with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Tamil Nadu (for the second time) by signing MOU in October 2009 with a new initiative of model block development and sustainable implementation pattern Train Block Resource Teacher Educators and plan effective capacity building training programme .
Under this programmeme, an initiative has been launched to train school teachers in Government schools. The training focuses on improving teacher development and they are equipped with the knowledge and use of technology in teaching and learning.
It is said that training is always tested by actual implementation and with this postulate in mind, during the training programme an eye is kept on the implementation of technology in the teaching-learning process in schools.
Integrated Technology in Education- Contest
Intel and SSA have jointly rolled out the contest “ Integrated Technology in Education” at district and state level contest every year to showcase the effective implementation through Technology Supported Project Based Learning projects and the teachers were rewarded .
Ø In the event on “Celebrating 10 years – INTEL Education in India” held at New Delhi , The State level winning project about Thodar Community in Nilgiris by the teacher is showcased and Thodar beneficiaries have participated and shared their successful experiences during September 2009.
Ø Intel and SSA are jointly developing guidelines to enhance school curriculum through Technology Supported Project Based Learning
Ø Over 28000 teachers 6000 government schools trained till date across the state and teachers were using the technology in new ways consistently.
Computer Training Programme to teachers for the began on 2008 in all 30 District SSA training centers across the State of Tamilnadu. This programme is conducted with a of 25 teachers per batch.
The main objective and focus of this computer training programme is to provide comprehensive and basic computer knowledge & operating skills to all the teachers, across the State of Tamil Nadu. Computer knowledge being one of the most essential in the modern world, this training program has been designed to help the teacher’s gain computer literacy and user skills , so that they are able to handle certain day-to-day activities using computers. Each participant gets adequate time to practice using live examples from their day to day activities. Thus this training is well linked with the real life scenarios for a teacher and can be well practiced and implemented when they go back to their respective schools.
This programme has stimulated interest among the teacher to learn and use computers in their day to day work. The training also provided another opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in the field of computers. This training is fruitful and informative; doubts are being cleared then and there, and individual attention is being given to all the teachers who attended this training programme. This year 10,500 teachers are being trained across the State of Tamilnadu.
NIIT endeavor by providing well trained resource personnel for conducting the training in respective districts and for each and every participant who attend the training program
“ Students who have been exposed to CAL mentioned that they enjoy this usage of technology and more lessons should be taught using the computers through this Programmeme ”
2008-09 - The children from Muslim minority have been covered under Supply of Maths kit and English Communication Skills development programme. Around 41,400 children have been covered this year. 4590 Maths kit have also been supplied to schools to enhance their Maths skills and English communication skills.
2009-10-The children from Muslim minority have been covered under Supply of English Dictionary and around 34,680 children have been benefited. New learning materials have also been supplied to 5250 children.
During 2010-11- Around 29,876 children have been covered under Supply of Learning Materials, workbooks, Maths & Science Kit and Life skill training programme.