1) Curriculum & Material Development
COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS & PROJECTS OF DSERT
1. National Population and Development Education Project:
Karnataka is one of the first states in the country to take up the cause of population education. The project started in 1980. The aim is to create awareness about the concept of population explosion, rapid increase in the growth rate and consequential problems with greater focus on adolescent education. The National Population Education and Development Education Project focuses on achieving the goals of the project through group activities:
Adolescent Education facilitates development of population education concepts among children. Training is conducted through specially prepared modules (based on NCERT modules), folders, charts, hand outs, etc, The head teachers, teachers and students are trained to enable them to conduct a number of programs in schools. The project is funded by UNFPA and monitored by NCERT Delhi. Annual outlay is 15.00 lakhs.
The state Govt was also supplementing the project by taking up three programmes under this project.
a. The health awareness programme is implemented in collaboration with Bangalore medical service trust (BMST) an NGO
b. Life skill education programme is also being implemented in collaboration with NIMHANCE
c. Gender programme are being implemented by DSERT by bringing out resource material and conduct of training programmes to administrators at different lebels and also teachers. NPEP concerns gender equality and equity family its changing structure and roles, sustainable development migration and urbanization.
The adolocent reproductive and sexual health (ARS) is implemented in collaboration with the COBSE Delhi. It concerns concuptualised an as adolecentes HIV / AIDS and drug abuse in the content and progress of school education and skill development in adolescence education among learners and this project is funded by United Nation Population fund.
2. Integrated Education for Disabled (Physically Challenged)
This program was earlier implemented through the Department of Social Welfare. It was transferred to DSERT in1983. The objective of this scheme is to provide sufficient opportunities for the physically and mentally challenged children in joining the main stream in the field of education.
The DSERT implemented integrated education through 57 Non Governmental organisations (NGOs) and 20 DIETs in the state. During 2000 – 01, 11680 special children were integrated through 2415 schools. This program was shifted to the Directorate of Urdu and Minorities in 2001 – 02 but is still being implemented through the DIETs.
3. English Language Training Program:
DSERT in collaboration with Regional Institute of English, Bangalore, gets trainers/teachers trained and oriented in English language education on annual basis. During the current year a program for training of one teacher from every government primary school in the state, in English language teaching is designed and implemented.
The Regional Institute of English has specially prepared a ten day training module along with a kit for training these primary teachers in the teaching of English. The objective of this program is to cover every school with training and resource kit so as to bring change in the class room transaction.
The Regional Institute of English also trains teachers in high schools for a period of 3 months. The Institute conducts short duration programs for BRC and CRC coordinators also. Three primary and two secondary English Language Training
centers (ELTCs) are also functioning in the state. They also conduct short duration training of teachers in English language teaching.
4. District Quality Education Project:
The Social and Social Anthropology unit of National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) is implementing a new program called “District Quality Education Project” (DQEP) to develop a process to enhance the quality of elementary schooling by working collaboratively with various agencies of the Government. DSERT, DIET, Mysore, BEOs, BRCs, and CRCs are actively associated with the project. The focus of the project is Chamarajanagar district. Base line study was taken up between December 2002 and July 2003.
The project envisages:
1. Capacity Building and Collaborative activities by developing course modules and providing in puts for technical and academic development of CRC/BRC/ DIET/ TTI faculty, teachers and SDMC members which will support quality improvement in schools.
2. Community Linked Activities will be under taken to include orientation and training programs involving community members and activity programs for children.
3. Material Development for teachers, teacher educators, parents and children
4. Research and Documentation of all the activities which will serve as sources to share with other groups and institutions.
This project is supported by Sri. Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai. NIAS is also collaborating with DSERT in developing the newly created DIET as a model DIET.
5. Learning Guarantee Scheme of APF.
Azim Premji Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction launched the Learning Guarantee Scheme in the seven backward districts of North East Karnataka.
This scheme aims at identifying and encouraging good primary and Higher Primary schools in the region.. The objectives of this scheme are :-
1. All the children (of school going age) within the habitation, must be enrolled in the school.
2. All the enrolled children must attend regularly.
3. All the children attending regularly, must attain the expected levels of achievement. In other words, the school guarantees the learning of every child in the school.
Any school fulfilling these objectives, is entitled to an incentive by the Foundation. These schools will be models for other schools to follow. The practices followed in these schools will become models for other schools also.
The aim of this program is to provide support to the state in its efforts to attain the prescribed goals under the Universalisation of Elementary Education. The success of this program encouraged the foundation to take up this program in other states as well.
In 2004 – 05, this program was extended to the entire state by the department by taking up evaluation of 32 primary schools in each of the 202 educational blocks. In the first phase the evaluation was carried out by the departmental staff. In the second phase, Azim Premji Foundation evaluated the schools declared eligible in the first phase.
This program was a fore runner for the KSQAO evaluation which was taken up in all the primary schools of the state in 2005 – 06.
6. EDC Assisted Distance Education Program
Education Development Center(EDC), Washington, DC an NGO promoted by US AID (United States Agency for International Development), has included Karnataka for assisting implementation of distance education mode of learning. EDC brought in experts from Discovery Channel and trained our teachers in script writing and production of T V lessons. EDC has also donated T V studio equipment to DSERT for production of T V lessons.
EDC has proposed to give a total of 60 high quality video programs to support the governments’ initiative in improving quality of learning. These programs are also being used by EDUSAT in broadcasting TV lessons direct to the schools.
EDC also proposes to distribute video packages in selected schools in two educational blocks in the educationally backward area of North East Karnataka - Sedam in Gulbarga district and Deodurga in Raichur district.
7 Family Life, Values & Life Skill Education Program
Bangalore Medical Services Trust (BMST) was established in 1984 by the Rotary Club of Bangalore and TTK and Co. Bangalore with a view to take up health awareness projects and training in areas of blood safety and HIV/ AIDS.
In collaboration with BMST, the DSERT has been conducting “ Family Life, Values & Life skills Education” Program since 2000. This program caters to government and government aided primary, upper primary and secondary schools in 6 educational districts of Karnataka – Bangalore North, Bangalore South, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Gulbarga and Yadgir educational districts.
The training programs conducted by BMST empowers the teachers to inform and sensitize their students on issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse and related values and life skills.
The Program provides capacity building, teacher training workshops including refresher courses and follow up action in schools covered by the program. From 2006 – 07, these programs have become a part of Adolescent Education Programs funded by NACO.
8 Adolescent Education Program
Until 2004 – 05, DSERT was confining itself to training teachers and children in inculcating family life values and life skills. Education in collaboration with BMST Bangalore in the district of Bangalore north, south, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Gulbarga, Yadgir district for primary and secondary schools. This empowers the teachers to inform and sentise their students on issues such as HIV/ AIDS sexual health reproductive. The School Aids Program was carried out by Karnataka AIDS prevention Society. A decision was taken in 2005 – 06 to transfer the school AIDS program to the education department and DSERT was made the nodal agency. DSERT has set up a separate “Adolescent Education Cell” to take up this program on a massive scale in combination with Life skills program. The NPEP and ARSH has also combined into this AEP, NACO and UNICEF United Nation Population fund MHRD / NCERT / KSAPS are the other partners in this program.