A World Bank team arrived on Tuesday for a four-day visit to the state and held the first round of meetings with education ministers and officials from the education department.
The project aims to transform a total of around 20,000 state primary and secondary schools over the next five years – 3,000 in the first phase, 7,000 in the second and 10,000 in the third phase – and provide global facilities through the Mission School of Excellence.
During the workshop on Tuesday with World Bank representative Shabnam Sinha and his team, necessary discussions about the step-by-step planning of the project were held. The World Bank team will visit schools in Mehsana and Sabarkantha districts during their four-day visit to Gujarat.
There is more than one school representation in multiple clusters from different districts, with the plan to represent one school from each cluster. Of these, Banaskantha District has the maximum number of schools shortlisted – 168 schools out of 124 clusters.
“These 3,000 schools were completed according to time and demand. In addition, it was divided into 100 days each within that one year to start with the maximum possible number of schools in the first 100 days. After that, the infrastructure expansion will take time in the next 100 days, said Minister of Education Vinod Rao.
Other districts selected in the first phase are Amreli (132 out of 70 clusters), Rajkot (131 schools out of 85 clusters) and Mehsana (123 schools out of 72 clusters).
With over Rs.8,000 billion in funding from the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), over 90 percent of students enrolled in the state’s state schools are expected to benefit from the project.
The project aims to create 25,000 new classrooms over six years, 1.5 lakh smart classrooms in elementary and secondary schools, as well as 25,000 computer rooms and 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs.