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Learning by Doing: Uttar Pradesh’s new transformational educational tool

Skill based education - Learning by doing

Skill-based education is crucial in today’s rapidly evolving world. It equips individuals with practical expertise and competencies needed to excel in various professions. Unlike traditional academic learning, skill-based education focuses on real-world applications, fostering adaptability and innovation. It empowers learners to meet industry demands and bridge the gap between education and employment. Skill-based training enhances employability, promotes entrepreneurship, and boosts economic growth. By fostering a skilled workforce, it not only addresses unemployment but also drives sustainable development, as individuals with diverse skill sets contribute effectively to society, making it more resilient and responsive to emerging challenges.

The New Program

The State of Uttar Pradesh has initiated a new program in 1,700 schools, aligned with the National Education Policy, to strengthen its education system. The program, known as ‘learning by doing,’ aims to transform education by developing Basic Education Council schools into skill development centers. Students in these schools will not only receive traditional education but will also be trained in various skills.

The initiative, supported by UNICEF, aims to benefit over 70,000 children, enabling them to excel in math and science through practical, vocational activities conducted in special learning labs. These labs will be established in 1,772 schools across Uttar Pradesh. The focus will be on engaging students in classes 6 to 8, preparing them for future employment opportunities.

The program will first be implemented in two upper primary schools in each development block, making a total of 1,772 schools, starting from the academic session of 2023-24. Subsequently, it will be extended to all upper primary and composite schools in the state.

Integrating Practical Knowledge with Innovative Learning Labs”

To ensure effective implementation, a specific module will be developed for technical instructors and science teachers, who will receive training through workshops. The curriculum for classes 6 to 8 will integrate 60 activities from four trades: engineering and workshop, energy and environment, agriculture, and home and healthcare. These activities will be linked to the subjects of science and math, enhancing the students’ practical knowledge in these areas. The procurement of tools, equipment, and lab setup materials for the learning labs will be done through the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal.

Building a Skilled Workforce:

The program aligns with the National Education Policy 2020, which emphasizes the importance of vocational education and skill development to create a skilled workforce. Its overall objective is to equip young minds with essential strengths and vocational skills, alongside a conceptual understanding of science and math. By focusing on practical learning and vocational training, the program aims to prepare students for future challenges and opportunities in the workforce.

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