- Ampersand Group among the first from the private sector to partner J&K Government in Education
- Online Teacher Training to be imparted on teachers in the Early Childhood Care on teaching methodology & aid teachers in overcoming hostile terrain and weather disruptions; Lack of physical teacher training on account of COVID-19 pandemic
- The training programme will be deployed using the latest techniques of teacher training which is highly scalable and can be rolled out to thousands of teachers across the state after the successful pilot project
Ampersand Group, an end-to-end school management services provider has partnered with SamagraShiksha, Department of School Education, Government of Jammu & Kashmir to roll-out an online teacher training project on the Pilot basis. This is also the first time that a project on this scale has been initiated by the state government with the private industry to train teachers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The five-day professional Development Program in Early Childhood Education programme will commence from June 25, 2020, with a select group of 40 teachers across 40 schools under the SamagraShiksha programme which is an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to Class 12that would be highly beneficial for the teachers to enhance their skill-set and usher a new era in academics and learning in the state.
The pilot project in online teacher training would help scores of teachers across the state to maintain continuity in learning especially during winter seasons where most areas of the state remain cut-off from the country due to blockades caused heavy snowfall. Being a geographically challenging state, online teacher training will boost the up-gradation of teachers irrespective of the impediments. The program is also highly scalable and can be expanded to the teachers across the state at any given point of time ensuring timely up-gradation of skill-sets and training mechanisms.
The programme aims to cover certain vitals aspects for Early Childhood of children with teachers through a tech-enabled platform and would cover modules such as child development, special needs, safety practices in school, and curriculum planning among others. The pilot project will be led by Dr. Reeta Sonawat, Director, Academics and Training, Ampersand Group who specialises in the Early Childhood Education programme and has been extensively training teachers with a primary focus on strengthening skills in the formative years of the child.
Ampersand Group has been extensively partnering the central and state governments across India undertaking public-private partnership projects by providing infrastructure, teacher training, content development along with several e-learning modules in K12 schooling. Among the recent projects is with the Government of Punjab, Ministry of Women & Child Development in Nashik, Maharashtra, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Central Tibetan School Administration among others.
The teachers who are participating in the training belong to Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar. Also, the online teacher training will have a direct impact on approximately 2000students and with time, it would have a multiplying effect.
Speaking on the initiation of the Professional Development Program in Early Childhood Education programme, Dr.Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary to the Government School Education Department, Jammu & Kashmir, said, “We appreciate this collaboration with Ampersand Group and request them to explore possibilities for investment in the Education sector in Jammu & Kashmir. We also want the Ampersand Group to organise similar programmes across the state for the benefit of students and teachers, which will help them get better exposure to education.”
Mr. Vinesh Menon, Chief Executive Officer -Education, Skilling & Consulting Services, Ampersand Group said, “We are pleased to partner this initiative with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to provide value addition to the teachers through our online teacher training sessions which is to commence shortly. We are delighted to share our expertise through our state-of-the-art training programmes which we have been developing through the years and been implementing them in our schools. With this small step, we look to extend our partnership to many such associations in the state and partner them in all aspects of development.”
Dr. Arun Manhas, Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Jammu & Kashmir said, “We have initiated the online teacher training project on a pilot basis under Samagra Shiksha and would like to launch similar exercises with all teachers in the state. We want our teachers from Jammu & Kashmir to be adept with modern methods of teaching and provide the highest quality of training to our teachers which in turn will benefit our students.”