ASPIRE is working towards making education inclusive, socially relevant and meaningful.The overall approach is to demonstrate a sustainable and scalable model of school reforms and achieve a critical mass to initiate systemic change in the education landscape of India.
To ensure a high quality of school education for all children, within the Right to Education framework, by strengthening the mainstream school education system through improved school governance, introducing new pedagogic practices and empowering teachers and local communities.
To work towards making education inclusive, socially relevant and keeping pace with the 21st century challenges.
Strategy to achieve Mission and Vision
The strategy includes key focus areas - Access, Learning, Participation (of government teachers), Governance and Systemic integration - a continuum that provides a cohesive framework for intervention. Focus on all these components in an integrated manner will bring about a change that will be holistic and sustainable.
- Access: It is vital to ensure all children are enrolled in school and attending regularly, hence all those children in the project blocks and villages who are drop outs or never enrolled will be identified and brought into the bridging program, and eventually mainstreamed.
- Learning: A learning enrichment program (LEP) is designed to address the learning needs of first generation learners.
- Participation and Engagement: To improve and upgrade classroom practices at primary level in government schools, ASPIRE will share select LEP methods & strategies with primary grade school teachers, BRCs and DIET. The idea is to introduce selective new practices in the classrooms after the analysis of existing practices and build on teachers’ existing knowledge and experiences, thereby enriching the classrooms with new scientific practices.
- Governance: Bringing the school and community together, and orienting and training community-based forums like SMCs for school governance will not only improve school management, but ensure effective use of existing human, physical and financial resources, and raise the overall performance of schools.
- Systemic Integration: A demonstrable programme in the field will become the basis for orientation and exposure of other civil society organizations and government agencies.