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Magic Bus India Foundation

place India + 2 more

Scaling up teacher-led life skills education through government partnerships.

Magic Bus trains govt. schoolteachers to deliver life skills education aligned with NEP 2020 to adol. in grades 6-10 by partnering with the govt system. LSE has a positive impact on employability, well-being, empowerment, gender equality, social cohesion & civic engagement. In India’s diverse context LS equips young people with required skills to navigate & thrive in the transition to adulthood.

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Target group
April 2024
LSE curriculum will be integrated in state curricula, expanding the scale. A sustainable mechanism will be instituted wherein each new batch of adolescents entering grade 6 will be equipped with LS through trained teachers without additional investment from the state or NPOs. Adolescents will have a better chance of seamlessly transitioning to adulthood. Impact of LS will be assessed by the state.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

While 253 million adolescents in India cross the threshold from childhood into adulthood, only 1/3 of them have the required qualification (DISE 2014-15). Equipping them with critical life skills is essential for them to be work-ready and thrive in the 21st century. Designing a sustainable, scalable program that leverages the govt. system is crucial to address the needs of these young people.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

1. Partnering with state govts. by signing MoU between MB & relevant govt depts, primarily education depts
2. Contextualization of in-house developed LS curriculum in alignment with the state’s needs. This is done in consultation with state edu. dept & representatives from schoolteachers, District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) & Block, Cluster Resource Centres (BRCs, CRCs)
3. Identification of intervention schools, Master Trainers (MT) from within DIETs, BRCs & CRCs
4. ToTs conducted for identified representatives
5. MTs in turn train identified schoolteachers (usually 2 per school) to deliver life skills education sessions to adolescents in school.
6. State, district, block level officials & school principals 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 an existing govt. system or creating a technology – based joint monitoring system.

How has it been spreading?

MB started with 2 district level interventions and recognizing the potential of the program and seeing visible results in the adolescents and teachers, the program has spread to eight states – Mizoram, Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam & Madhya Pradesh. In the past 3 years, MB has partnered with six state governments in India & is slated to reach 8 million adolescents in the coming 2-3 years. Over next 2 years, MB will build capacities of nearly 40,000-50,000 teachers from ~25,000 govt. schools to reach these adolescents. Additionally, the focus has also been on inclusion of Life Skills in pre-service training and the B. Ed. Curriculum & in Mizoram, Magic Bus has successfully been able to include life skills in the B. Ed. Curriculum at the university level.

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

Gauging govt.’s willingness towards LS-based initiatives. Scoping is done to understand the modalities with high probability of being accepted by Govt. MB acts as technical partner to govt. to design the program collaboratively to identify & train teachers with tailor-made LS inputs. Connect with us to understand the program, benefit from our learning by writing to Dhanashri, CoP/ Gitanjali, Dir

Impact & scalability

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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.

The model facilitates scalability by the incorporation of different local actors such as school teachers, School Management Committees, counselling of parents, creating peer support structures and community engagement activities.

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Implementation steps

Teacher - led delivery of life skills education
- Need analysis & alignment with state need
-Identifying school system & signing MoU with state dept.
- Contextualization of LS curriculum aligned with state’s needs
-Identification of intervention schools & MTs from DIETs, BRCs &CRCs
- Training of MTs/govt. schoolteachers to create a cadre of trained staff
- Engage MTs to train identified schoolteachers (2 per school) to enable them to deliver LSE sessions to adolescents in school
- Develop & integrate a joint monitoring system with the govt.

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