An Objective Evaluation of Innovative Education Strategies: Case Study of India
Abstract: Educational achievement is one of the pillars of comprehensive development that plays a significant role in balancing the socioeconomic fabric of a country. The development of over a billion citizens of India, its most valuable human resource, warrants building strong foundations in education. Although India has substantially increased its school enrollments through innovative education strategies, huge challenges remain in terms of school retention and completion. We discuss three innovative strategies namely Mid-Day Meals (MDM) scheme, female literacy campaign including Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) program, and Education Guarantee Scheme and Alternative and Innovative Education (EGS&AIE) schemes and their success. The high school drop-out rates and low female literacy continue to pose serious challenges. Our study shows that by improving communication and expanding Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programs India can improve retention and school completion. This will lead to universal education, literacy, and faster economic growth in India.
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Authors: Surekha Rao