Gangtok,4th Nov (IPR): A 5 day-long Capacity Building Programme for School-heads and teachers of elementary level popularly known as National Initiatives for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was simultaneously launched in Sikkim at 11 different venues covering all the four districts on November 04, 2019. The said programme is being organized by State Project Office of Samagra Shiksha in collaboration with SCERT-Sikkim. A team of six resource persons comprising of School Principals, senior teachers, Faculty from SCERT and DIET will conduct the 5 days programme in each of the 11 centres.
The main inaugural event, which was held at one of the 11 venues at Modern SSS, was attended by 129 elementary teachers of Ranka, Martam and Rakdong-Tintek BAC. NISHTHA aims to cover approximately 8000 teachers in Sikkim and 42 Lakhs teachers in the country.
The prime objective of the programme is to equip teachers with knowledge, understanding and required competencies on new pedagogic perspective not only to improve but to achieve learning outcomes of students specified for every class in all the major subject areas at elementary level. It is also aimed at orienting and enabling Principals and Key Functionaries to implement School Based Assessment in schools, and achieve intended learning outcomes at the school level.
Inaugural Session of the programme on November 04, 2019 was graced by Hon’ble Minister Education Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha as the Chief Guest. Among the prominent personalities to be present were the Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department Shri GP Upadhyaya, Director SCERT Dr Rabin Chhetri, SPD Samagra Shiksha Shri Bhim Thatal, Director School Education Ms Hondala Gyaltsen, Joint Director (East) Shri AD Chhetri and other officials from East District and resource persons from SCERT, DIETs and Schools.
In his address, Hon’ble Minister Shri KN Lepcha expressed his concerns regarding the quality of education and urged teachers to work hard and help students excel in every possible field. Additional Chief Secretary Shri GP Upadhyaya highlighted the importance of this programme and urged teachers to be punctual and derive maximum benefits out of the programme. Director SCERT Dr Rabin Chhetri gave an overview of the NISHTHA programme as one of the major initiatives to build capacity of teachers and Heads of Institutions. SPD Samagra Shiksha Shri Bhim Thatal, in his welcome address, mentioned that NISHTHA is the largest teacher training programme in the world today and aims to cover 8000 elementary teachers in Sikkim and 42 Lakhs elementary teachers in the entire country. As the programme is entirely supported by the Samagra Shiksha, MHRD and being carried out by the SCERT and School Education, the SPD also urged upon the participants to be committed and earnest in participation for they are chosen by the Department especially for this purpose.
The programme, which is being jointly co-ordinated by Joint Director School Education Mr K Inbaraj and Joint Director SCERT Dr Shanti Ram Adhikari, ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Director School Education Ms Hondala Gyaltsen.