The MV-VB project is the result of keen interest shown in Mulyavardhan by Vidya Bharti since 2014. Senior Vidya Bharti officials visited SMF’s head office in Pune in November 2014 to get an overview of the programme and its framework. Subsequently, some Vidya Bharti officials visited MV-Beed project schools. The Vidya Bharti management then decided to implement Mulyavardhan in its schools in Goa. On the basis of that experience, Vidya Bharti will decide on taking the programme to its schools in other states. Accordingly, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 1 June 2015 between Vidya Bharti and SMF for implementation of Mulyavardhan in Vidya Bharti schools in Goa, as a programme of Vidya Bharti with SMF providing technical support and services.
The MoU notes that:
- Mulyavardhan seeks to help students imbibe democratic and Constitutional values through a learner-centred pedagogy that respects students’ autonomy, in an enabling, child-friendly school climate.
- The programme has been studied by international experts and a range of positive outcomes have been established. Classroom processes and activities conducted under the programme have been observed by Vidya Bharati schools’ representatives.
SMF is also engaged with Vidya Bharti for implementation of the SESQ programme (see About SESQ->Projects)
The MV-VB project is based on the following strategic pivots: Ownership The project is owned and managed by Vidya Bharti, Goa with SMF providing technical support and services free of cost. Ownership of the project by Vidya Bharti is expected to ensure smooth and effective integration of Mulyavardhan in its schools. A senior Vidya Bharti official has been designated as nodal official for the project. Building processes for scale The project is being run on a pilot scale as a prelude to introduction of Mulyavardhan in Vidya Bharti schools in other states. The pilot-project experience is expected to generate effective systems and processes for implementation on a larger scale. Empowerment The project builds the capacity of selected Vidya Bharti teachers to work as Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers in Goa. Thus the process of teacher-training is decentralized and led by teachers. In comparison to the traditional mode of teacher-training, the Mulyavardhan process ensures high participation, learning and empowerment of teachers.
Key aspects of the implementation strategy: Scope: The project covers the primary level of all 15 Marathi-medium schools run by Vidya Bharti across Goa. Phase-wise implementation: The project is being implemented in phases. In Year 1 the focus is on conduct of Mulyavardhan class activities, which will continue to be conducted in subsequent years. In Year 2, after joint review and consultation, SMF will offer support for initiating whole-school processes in selected schools. Education and training materials: Mulyavardhan education and training materials in Marathi are provided free of cost by SMF. Orientation of officials, headmasters: SMF has provided orientation to Mulyavardhan to Vidya Bharti officials in Goa. Orientation on Mulyavardhan’s whole-school processes is planned to be given to school headmasters in Year 2. Pool of teacher-trainers: A pool of Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers has been created by SMF through capacity-building workshops organized in association Vidya Bharti, Goa. These teachers have conducted Mulyavardhan activities in their own schools for one year. Subsequently, SMF provided them materials and guidance for training other teachers in their schools. Training by teacher-trainers: Mulyavardhan capacity-building workshops for Vidya Bharti teachers have been conducted by SMF-trained teachers. Non-traditional teacher-training: Mulyavardhan teacher-training is conducted in a workshop mode, through activities, open discussions and hands-on exercises. Compared to traditional teacher-training events, the Mulyavardhan workshops are joyful, engaging and enriching experiences for all participants. Dedicated school time: Vidya Bharti, Goa, has allotted two periods per grade per week (I to IV) for conduct of Mulyavardhan class activities. Monitoring: The project is monitored by Vidya Bharti, Goa, with SMF providing support. SMF also has its own monitoring mechanism for the project. Use of technology: Technology is used to provide support to teachers on a large scale and monitor the project. Mulyavardhan-specific video films are used extensively in training programmes. A WhatsApp group has been created for sharing of information and experiences across project schools. Teachers will be provided with e-learning materials. A technology platform is being built to provide an integrated solution.
The MV-VB Project is managed by Vidya Bharti, Goa, with SMF providing support through a project team at its head office in Pune and a full-time team of managers in Goa. Vidya Bharti, Goa, issues all necessary orders for implementation of the programme, according to a schedule decided in consultation with SMF. Vidya Bharti, Goa, is responsible for selection of teachers, arranging Mulyavardhan training, and distributing Mulyavardhan education materials. Vidya Bharti bears the cost of organizing training workshops. SMF does not charge fees for its resource persons and bears their travel and other expenses. At the school level, the project is managed by headmasters (HMs) and teachers trained to conduct Mulyavardhan activities.
In association with Vidya Bharti, Goa, SMF’s project team at the head office plans and monitors project progress. A full-time team of project managers at Goa maintains close contact with Vidya Bharti authorities, pays school visits, interacts with HMs and teachers, and identifies areas for improvement.
Monitoring of the MV-VB project is done by Vidya Bharti, Goa, and by SMF independently. SMF’s project management team gathers and analyses data to track project progress and identify implementation gaps, if any. SMF also regularly collects feedback from project schools. Feedback received so far shows that the programme has been enthusiastically received by schools, teachers and students. (Read 2015-16 Feedback Report-SMF Goa Team.)
The MV-VB project covers the primary-level of Vidya Bharti’s 15 Marathi-medium schools in Goa (see table). Total coverage of the project is as below:
- Total schools: 15
- Total students: 1,208
- Number of Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers: 15
- Number of teachers trained for Mulyavardhan: 35
Schools covered by MV-VB project:
|No||Name of school||Location|
|1||Sharda Niketan Primary School||Diwadi|
|2||Popular Primary School||Margao|
|3||Infant Jesus High School||Cuncolim|
|4||Shri Sarswati Vidya Mandir||Khalwade|
|5||Shri Sarswati Vidya Mandir||Agonda|
|6||Shri Sarswati Vidya Mandir||Camurlim|
|7||Prabodhan Prarthmik Vidyalay||Porvorim|
|8||Smt Sunandabai Bandodkar High School||Salai|
|9||Prabodhan Prarthmik Vidyalay||Pomburfa|
|10||Ganesh Vidya Mandir||Mapusa|
|11||Shri Sarswati Vidya Mandir||Assanora|
|12||Sarvoday Prarthmik Vidyalay||Priol|
|13||Shri Shanta Vidyalaya||Sadye|
|14||Shri Sarswati Vidya Mandir||Juve|
|15||Shri Mahalsa Narayani Primary School||Verna|
Key milestones attained by the MV-VB project till August 2016 :
|1 June 2015||Vidya Bharti signed an MoU with SMF for implementation of Mulyavardhan in all 15 of its Marathi-medium schools in Goa.|
|4-6 June 2015||Three-day Mulyavardhan capacity-building workshop organized by SMF for teachers of 15 MV-VB schools.|
|June 2015||SMF placed project management staff at Goa to support VB.|
|July 2015||SMF conducted a need analysis and baseline status survey in all 15 schools of the MV-VB project.|
|September 2015||SMF HO officials carried out the handholding sessions for teachers trained on Mulyavardhan in their respective schools.|
|October 2015||Mulyavardhan Teachers Forum formed for sharing of experiences.|
|Jan 2016||Two-day review workshop of all Mulyavardhan Teachers conducted to introduce new activities and review progress of programme.|
|Feb 2016||SMF’s need analysis and baseline report shared with head of VB, Goa.|
|April 2016||Annual MV-VB teachers’ review meeting conducted.|
|1-3 Jun 2016||Training of Trainers (ToT) program conducted at Pune for 5 MV-VB teachers.|
|2-3 July 2016||Training of trainers (ToT) programme conducted by SMF for 15 MV-VB teachers who had received Mulyavardhan training in June 2015 and had conducted Mulyavardhan activities in their schools for one year.|
|9-10 July 2016||Mulyavardhan training programme conducted for 35 teachers of the MV-VB schools by teachers who had earlier received training from SMF.|
SMF is providing indicators and guidelines for observation and reporting of student outcomes by teachers. The teachers can incorporate the assessments in continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) formats. For this purpose, teachers are advised to maintain daily notings. Teachers have also been urged to write a brief note of qualitative assessment about each student in the Mulyavardhan activity book, which is to be handed over permanently to students at the end of an academic year. Project-level assessment SMF has conducted a baseline study of project schools in consultation with VB, Goa. A similar study will be conducted at the end of the project.