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Scaling up Teacher-Led Life Skills Education through Government Partnerships

Magic Bus operates with an approach of training of teachers to deliver Life skill education aligned with NEP, 2020 to adolescents in Grade 6 to 10 by partnering with Govt system. The program is based on activity-based life skills sessions by school teachers, activation of School Management Committees, counselling of parents, creating peer support structures and community engagement activities.

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Target group
August 2023
Life skills education curriculum will be integrated in state curricula, expanding the reach manifold. A sustainable mechanism will be instituted wherein each new batch of adolescents entering grade 6 will be exposed to life skills education without additional investment from the state or non-profit organizations. Adolescents will have improved aspirations, decision making, create brighter future

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

253 M adolescents in India cross threshold from childhood into livelihood, only 1/3rd of them have required qualification (DISE 2014-15). Equipping them with critical life skills in addition to academics is essential for them to thrive, respond to 21st century need. Looking at the scale, designing a sustainable program that leverages Govt system is crucial.

How does your innovation work in practice?

1. Signing of MoU between MB & State Govt’s relevant depts
2. Contextualization of in-house developed life skills curriculum in alignment with the state’s needs. This is done in consultation with state education dept & representatives from schoolteachers, District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) & Block, Cluster Resource Centres (BRCs, CRCs)
3. Identification of intervention schools, Master Trainers from within DIETs, BRCs & CRCs is done
4. ToTs are conducted for identified representatives
5. Master Trainers in turn train identified schoolteachers (usually 2 per school) to build their capacities to deliver life skills education sessions to adolescents in school.
6. Principals, state, district, block & village level officials are oriented, and a joint monitoring mechanism is developed, to be integrated in the government’s existing monitoring mechanism
7. Technology is core either using Govt existing system or creating a technology based joint monitoring system

How has it been spreading?

In the past 3 years, MB has been able to partner with two state governments in India – Maharashtra and Mizoram, enabling us to reach out to nearly 100,000 adolescents. In these two states we had started with district level interventions. Realising the potential of the program and seeing visible results in the adolescents and teachers, we could take the innovation to other states. During 2022-23, MB is able to scale up program to cover entire state of Mizoram to impact 50,000 adolescents. We have formed partnerships with six more state governments – Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Over the next 3 to 4 years, MB will impact 2,500,000 adolescents through government schoolteachers in these states by building capacities of nearly 40,000 to 50,000 teachers.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

It is crucial to gauge Govt’s willingness towards life skills education-based initiatives. Scoping is done to understand the modalities that has a high a probability of being accepted by the Govt. MB acts as technical partner to build program design in a collaborative approach. One can connect with us to understand the program, benefit from our learning by writing to Dhanashri, CoP/ Gitanjal, Dir

Impact & scalability

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The fact that Magic Bus has thrived over the years proves that it has been successfully reaching out to the community in need. Keep up with the good work!
This programme can be a lifeline to a child in need -- to learn and to pursue a better life. Not only knowledge but also soft skills are critical, and this innovation has helped children to attain them.
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Implementation steps

Teacher -led delivery of life skills education
Signing of MoU with the state government Contextualization of life skills curriculum in alignment with the state’s needs. Identification of intervention schools and Master Trainers from within the DIETs, BRCs and CRCs Master trainings are conducted for the identified representatives. Master Trainers in turn train identified schoolteachers (2 per school) to build their capacities to deliver LSE sessions to adolescents in school. Joint monitoring system is developed, integrated in Govt system

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