Dimapur, January 27: Nagaland will commence Integrated Teacher Training Programme called NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement – under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha 2019-20 from January 28.
The training is an integrated programme that aims to build the capacities of around 42 lakh participants covering all teachers and heads of schools at the elementary level in all Government schools, faculty members of SCERTs, DIETs as well as officials and resource persons from Block Resource Centres (BRCs) and Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs) in all States and UTs.
NISHTHA training programme shall be jointly implemented by the SCERT, School Education and Samagra Shiksha in 5 phases to be completed by March 2020 as per the Ministry directive.
Principal Secretary, School Education, Menukhol John told media persons at the Directorate of School Education today that the first two phases shall commence on January 28 in all the 11 districts of the State: From January 28 to February 1 and February 4 to 8 to be implemented by the district/block nodal officers and coordinators. Each phase shall comprise of 5 days training programme.
The first two phases shall cover 7250 elementary teachers and head teachers, there are 113 SRPs trained by the NRPs in Nagaland as resource persons. The entire training programme shall cover 16,872 elementary teachers and head teachers in the state of Nagaland, Menukhol informed.
He said there will be a break after the completion of the second phase in view of the HSLC/HSSLC examination and the remaining phases shall resume in the month of March 2020.
The main focus of the programme is on elementary sector which is a great area of concern for the State since the drop-out rate seems to be a matter of concern. “We are confident that the mission can be a success but the teachers also have to take it very seriously,” he said.
The aim of the training is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as first level counsellors. They will be oriented on and develop their skills on various aspects related to learning outcomes, competency based learning and testing, learner-centered pedagogy, school safety and security, personal-social qualities, inclusive education, ICT in teaching-learning including artificial intelligence, health and well-being including yoga, initiatives in school education including library, eco club, youth club, kitchen garden, school leadership qualities, environmental concerns, pre-school, pre-vocational education and school based assessment in a joyful learning manner.
The main expected outcomes from NISHTHA are improvement in learning outcomes of the students, creation of an enabling and enriching inclusive classroom environment, teachers are trained to use art as pedagogy leading to increased creativity and innovation among students, teachers are trained to develop and strengthen personal- social qualities of students for their holistic development, integration of ICT in teaching learning and assessment.
Menukhol informed that Samagra Shiksha has set up a control room at its office with 7 MIS personnel to monitor and update the status of training conducted district-wise. They will also provide technical support to the districts/blocks.
The conduct of NISHTHA programme shall be closely monitored by the School Education Department, SCERT & Samagra Shiksha. All the elementary teachers, head teachers and SRPs deputed to participate in the NISHTHA training shall be made mandatory, he added.
(Page News Service)