In 2002 India amended its constitution, giving every citizen the fundamental right to an education. Over the last decade, the country has made great strides toward strengthening primary education. However, 4 million children still do not attend school.
For those who are in school, performance measures in literacy and math are very low. The 2014 Annual Status of Education Report revealed that close to 78% of children in Std. III and about 50% of children in Std. V cannot read Std. II text as yet. Moreover, UNESCO estimates than 3 million new teachers will be needed by 2030 to reach UN goals of universal primary education.
Humana People to People India (HPPI) is working to improve the quality of training of primary school teachers through a long-term and comprehensive agreement with the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs). HPPI launched a new DNS teacher-training program at the Bastar DIET in Chhattisgarh in August 2009. A team of four HPPI trainers worked closely with the principal and staff at the DIET. Together they integrated the State curriculum with the DNS program (branding it as the "Necessary Teacher Training Program" or NeTT). Today HPPI is implementing the NeTT program in 18 DIETs in locations across Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, and at two Government Elementary Teacher Training Institutions (GETTIs) in Haryana.
Bachelor of Education
On September 25, 2013, the Government of Haryana signed a memorandum of understanding with HPPI to establish and operate a four-year innovative program at Prarambh School for Teacher Education at Jhajjar (Haryana).
This integrated residential Bachelor of Education is helping to fulfill the vision of the State Education Department and the Government of the State of Haryana to train the best quality teachers. The program covers the academic content from degree to post graduation level and aims to act as a catalyst in shaping up teacher education and mentoring other teacher education institutions to become centers of excellence.
Prarambh is an initiative of the Government, arising out of the concern for ensuring quality of education in schools. There is an ever-increasing demand for quality school education due to path breaking initiatives under iconic projects like SSA, RMSA as well as statutory requirements set forth in the legal framework such as the Right to Education Act.