Development of Model Schools

The State Government sees the critical need in creating (model) schools as centres for providing excellent education to all children. These centres are also seen as hubs of teacher collaboration, support and learning excellence. The recent general resolution passed by the Maharashtra state government (GR no: २३१५/(३३/१५)/ dated 21st April 2015) seeks applications from schools in every cluster in PMC that are willing to undertake different initiatives to solely improve the quality of student learning outcomes. These schools will serve as innovative model schools in the cluster which will share best practices and support collaborative learning of the teachers in that particular cluster.

The idea is to anchor the three tracks in 25 ‘model’ municipal schools where all three focus areas of Digital Literacy, Cleanliness and Quality of Education come together powerfully in a compact physical space, thus enabling transformative change. For each school, a score-card on measurable parameters will be developed, and a plan made to move the needle from the current to desired state. There would be state-of-the-art digital education facilities; efficient and functional cleanliness and sanitation systems; and select initiatives to ensure betterment of education and development of the child.

The diagrammatic representation below summarizes the collaborative agenda.

Approach towards Model Schools

Under the School under Innovation GR (Apr 2015), PMC has selected 25 PMC schools to be developed as model schools. The core tenets of PCC’s approach are encapsulated in the Vision and Mission as given below, wherein the focus is on school transformation rather than school development. The current educational system in these schools is such that there is limited application of what students have learnt, in their lives beyond school. Relooking at the system in order that it becomes a true enabler for future success is essential.

Interventions in Model Schools:

  • 1. Quality of Teaching
    • 100% attendance of Sahyogi Dal trainings
    • Leadership development for HMs
    • Leadership development for teachers through Sahyogi
    • Recruitment of teachers where required (eg for sports)

  • 2. Infrastructure improvement
    • Digital centre with 2:1 children: computer ratio
    • Science Lab
    • Library
    • Eating space with table
    • Play facilities
    • Toilets – adequate toilets which are clean
    • Water – drinking water and handwash
    • Benches and desks

  • 3. Integrating Technology
    • Digital Literacy
    • Self-initiated learning from online sources
    • E-Learning along with classroom learning

  • 4. Transformation of school processes
    • Collaborative working between teachers, HMs, students, parents, corporates, PMC, citizens
    • Regular measurement of outcomes and impact, corrective measures as required
    • Decision making by relevant stakeholders
    • Ownership and leadership via task forces comprising teachers, students and parents

For the ‘Development of Model Schools’ CSR for PMC schools, through ShyamchiAai Foundation will lead the coordination between PMC & Corporates. Please visit the website CSR for PMC Schools to better understand the needs of the schools.