The MV-GoG project is the result of keen interest shown in Mulyavardhan by education policy-makers of Goa since 2014.
The Government of Goa (GoG) already had the rewarding experience of working with BJS through its EDUQIP (EDUcational Quality Improvement Programme), which was implemented in government schools of the state from 2007 to 2011 at no cost to the government (see About us->Journey). Private schools run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), Goa, had also joined the programme in its second year after being convinced of its benefits.
On the basis of that experience, the Chief Minister of the Goa announced in the state assembly in 2013 see that the government intended to implement Mulyavardhan. Subsequently, the state’s Director of Education and the Chairman of the Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC) paid a visit to the BJS head office in Pune to understand the programme in detail. BJS’s Mulyavardhan proposal for Goa was also approved by NCERT in August 2013.
Mulyavardhan was then revamped (see Mulyavardhan->Genesis) and discussions on introducing the new programme in Goa were renewed in 2015-16. Following a series of interactions with senior education officials, SMF was invited to submit a formal proposal for implementation of Mulyavardhan across the state. The proposal and Mulyavardhan’s framework were reviewed by state education authorities.
Mr Shantilal Muttha along with senior officials of SMF also held discussions with the state’s Chief Minister (who holds the portfolio of Education); Principal Secretary Education; Director of Education; Director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), and Chairman of GEDC.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 29 July 2016 between GoG and SMF for implementation of Mulyavardhan on a pilot scale, for a period of three full academic years, as a programme of the Government of Goa, with SMF providing technical support and services.
The MoU notes that:
- Mulyavardhan is based on a framework aligned to the Constitution of India, the National Curriculum Framework 2005 and RTE Act.
- The programme framework has been studied by senior education officials of GoG.
The MV-GoG project is based on the following strategic pivots:
The project is owned and managed by the Government of Goa with SMF providing technical support and services free of cost. Ownership of the project by GoG is expected to ensure smooth and effective integration of Mulyavardhan into the school system on a large scale. The Goa State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in association with Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC) is the nodal agency for the project.
Building processes for scale
The project is being run on a pilot scale as a prelude to introduction of Mulyavardhan in all schools of the state. The pilot-project experience is expected to generate effective systems and processes for implementation on a larger scale.
The project is run only in schools which show keen interest in Mulyavardhan and are willing to implement it wholeheartedly. As such teachers, headmasters and officials concerned are determined to make it a success.
The project builds capacity of selected teachers and officials to work as Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers in their talukas. 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 & duration: The project covers primary-level schools run by the Government of Goa, selected from all 12 talukas of Goa. If private-school bodies express interest to implement the programme, an appropriate mechanism for planning and implementation will be evolved through consultations with authorities concerned. The project duration is three full academic years. In the first academic year, grades I to III are to be covered. In the second and third years, all primary-level grades are to be covered.
Phase-wise implementation: At the cluster and school level, the project will be implemented in three phases. In Year 1, the focus is on conduct of Mulyavardhan class activities, which will continue to be conducted in Years 2 and 3. In Year 2, whole-school processes will be initiated and maintained. In Year 3, teachers will be guided on use of Mulyavardhan practices in the teaching and learning of scholastic subjects.
Education and training materials: Soft copies of all Mulyavardhan education and training materials in Marathi are provided free of cost by SMF. The materials are reviewed and approved by the Goa SCERT, on behalf of GoG/GEDC, before they are printed and distributed. GEDC is arranging for the translation of the materials into Konkani. SMF is developing materials for English-medium schools.
Selection of schools: The project is implemented in selected schools from each of the 12 talukas of Goa. Selection of schools was guided by the following factors: (i) the Assistant District Educational Inspectors (ADEIs) concerned are willing and keen to offer whole-hearted support for successful implementation of Mulyavardhan in selected schools in their talukas/blocks (ii) At least two selected schools in each taluka have a track-record of innovation and can work as Mulyavardhan resource centres (iii) At least two teachers of selected schools in each taluka have the interest and willingness to work as Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers (iv) The school has at least 30 students and more than one teacher (v) The total number of selected schools is around 200.
Orientation of officials, headmasters: SMF has provided orientation to Mulyavardhan to state and taluka-level education officials. Taluka coordinators appointed by SMF will also give orientation to headmasters (HMs), school managing committees (SMCs) and parents. Orientation on Mulyavardhan’s whole-school processes will be given to HMs in Year 2.
Pool of teacher-trainers: A taluka-wise pool of Mulyavardhan teacher-trainers is being created by SMF, through capacity-building workshops organized in association with SCERT and GEDC. These teachers will conduct Mulyavardhan activities in their own schools for a period of three months. Subsequently, SMF will provide them materials and guidance for organizing taluka-level teacher-training.
Taluka-level training by teacher-trainers: Taluka-level training workshops will be conducted by SMF-trained government 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: Schools have been allowed to allot time-tabled slots for value education for conduct of Mulyavardhan class activities.
Monitoring: The project is monitored through the existing government school-education machinery 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 to 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-GoG Project is managed through the Government of Goa’s school system, with the Goa State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), in association with Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC), working as the nodal agency for the project.
SMF provides support through a project team at its head office in Pune, a full-time team of managers in Goa and a field team of taluka coordinators (TCs).
At the state level, GoG/GEDC issues all necessary orders for implementation of the programme, according to the schedule given in SMF’s approved proposal. SCERT and GEDC are responsible for selection of teachers, arranging Mulyavardhan training, and procuring and distributing Mulyavardhan education materials. GoG/GEDC bears the cost of printing materials and organizing training workshops. SMF does not charge fees for its resource persons and bears their travel and other expenses.
At the taluka level, the project is overseen by respective Assistant District Educational Inspectors (ADEIs), who organize taluka-level training programmes and pay visits to schools.
At the school level, the project is managed by headmasters (HMs) and teachers trained to conduct Mulyavardhan activities.
In association with SCERT and GEDC, 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 state education authorities; pays school visits; interacts with HMs and teachers; and identifies areas for improvement.
Working under the Goa project team, and in consultation with ADEIs, TCs being appointed by SMF are to perform the following tasks:
- Provide logistics support for taluka-level training programmes
- Give orientation about Mulyavardhan to HMs, school managing committees and invited parents
- Track progress of Mulyavardhan in schools
- Interact regularly with HMs and teachers and gather information about: taluka-level project progress; feedback of HMs and teachers regarding Mulyavardhan; challenges faced by them, if any; special efforts taken by schools; exemplary behaviour demonstrated by students, etc.
Monitoring of the MV-GoG project is done through the government school system and by SMF independently.
At the state-level, GEDC and SCERT track progress of the project. At the taluka and school level, monitoring is done by ADEIs as part of their regular school visits.
SMF’s project management team gathers and analzses data to track project progress and identify implementation gaps at the school, taluka, district and state level. Remedial measures are discussed with GEDC and SCERT.
SMF has a separate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team for project monitoring. Using a Mulyavardhan-specific M&E framework, the team will monitor the project at regular intervals with defined and measurable school-level indicators. The findings will be shared with GoG.
The MV-GoG project covers selected primary-level government schools in all 12 talukas of the state.
Across the state a total of 186 schools have been selected (23% of all govt primary schools in Goa), covering around 10,000 students in Marathi-medium schools and 700 students in Konkani-medium schools.
In July-Sept 2016, the project is being run in 27 schools with around 1,400 students, through teachers who have received training directly from SMF.
After gaining first-hand experience of conducting Mulyavardhan activities in their schools for three months, the teachers of the 27 schools will receive orientation and materials to train other teachers of selected schools in their talukas. The project will then attain its full, planned coverage.
Govt primary schools (GPS) covered by MV-GoG project for the period July-Sept 2016:
|1||Bardez||GPS Tembi Anjuna|
|3||Bicholim||GPS Falawadi Kudne|
|8||Dharbandora||GPS Nave Sacorda|
|10||Mormugoa||GPS Vasco (main)|
|12||Pernem||GPS Khalbhat Dhargal|
|13||Ponda||GPS Chirpute Bandora|
|14||Ponda||GPS Wadi Betki|
|15||Quepem||GPS Borimol Shirvoi Quepem|
|16||Quepem||GPS Bethmoddi Quepem|
|17||Salcete||GPS Aquem Baixo Ghantamorod|
|24||Sattari||GPS Deual Wada Morlem|
|26||Tiswadi||GPS Central Panjim|
Key milestones attained by the MV-GoG project till August 2016:
|15 July 2016||A Mulyavardhan orientation programme was held for Government of Goa (GoG) education officials, including the Director of Education, Director of SCERT, and Chairman of Goa Education Development Corporation, along with several assistant directors of education (ADIEs).|
|26-29 July 2016||A state-level Mulyavardhan capacity-building workshop was held for 27 government school teachers and 6 ADIEs from 12 talukas of Goa.|
|29 July 2016||GoG formally signed a memorandum of understanding with SMF for implementation of Mulyavardhan in selected government primary schools of all 12 talukas of the state. The Chief Minister of Goa announced the decision of government.|
|August 2016||Implementation of Mulyavardhan started in 27 schools across the state, as a prelude to implementation in 186 selected schools.|
Assessment of outcomes is envisaged in the MV-GoG project under several dimensions:
Assessment of student outcomes
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.
Assessment of school outcomes
SMF has a Mulyavardhan-specific framework with defined and measurable indicators to assess school-level outcomes.
SMF will conduct a project assessment study, according to a methodology decided in consultation with Goa SCERT.