Access to Achievement: A Demonstration Project to Improve the Quality of Primary Education in India
DESCRIPTION: This project aims to improve primary education and enrollment in 2 rural school districts, resulting in an estimated 4 million children having better access to higher quality education. We seek to demonstrate that a relatively modest, targeted program of innovations and resources geared toward community building, teaching and learning, and educational programming, coordination, monitoring and evaluation will significantly improve the outcome, be cost-effective and readily scalable. An important component will be to create better nutrition, hygiene and oral health practices to alleviate the health problems that often prevent students from focusing on learning. The project will draw on the experience of the Model Districts Health Project and models of best professional practice.
OUTCOMES: The project seeks to demonstrate that a relatively modest, well-targeted program of innovations and resources that is purposefully geared to community building, teaching and learning, and educational administration (i.e., programming, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation) will improve the quality of student learning and lower grade repetition and dropout rates and will be cost-effective and readily scalable. The project is expected to further India’s progress towards MDGs 2 and 3 on universal access to primary education for all children by 2015.