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Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership Launches its Virtual Field Support and Partners with USAID

Piramal Foundation
June 07, 2018

Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership launched its Virtual Field Support Program at Bardoli, Surat and Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The centre is being operationalized as part of the District Transformation Program (DTP) Surat and Jhunjhunu. Along with the centre, the toll-free number was also launched. The centre holds the woman empowerment element to its core and would endeavour to support teachers in every school/corner of the district to impact child learning. The centre and the toll-free number were launched at Bardoli, Surat on 20th February 2018 and at Jhunjhunu on 15th February 2018.

PFEL is implementing, with the support of USAID, the School Excellence Program and District Transformation Program in Surat City and District impacting 258 schools in the city and 980 schools in the district. Since 2014 PFEL has reached and delivered reading intervention to more than 250,000 students enrolled in the public upper primary schools of Surat City and District.

The District Transformation Program works directly with the middle managers of the district - Block and Cluster Resource Coordinators enabling them and making them better facilitators and coaches. A part of the interventions is done through technology - handheld devices, Tablets, are given to the stakeholders who get to access the teachers' assessment data, pedagogic content, learning materials and other engaging content.

On February 20, 2018 PFEL distributed 63 Tablets to 54 Cluster Resource Coordinators (CRC) and 9 Block Resource Coordinators (BRC) in an event held in Bardoli (Surat) with the support of USAID and in the presence of the J.M Kharari (District Primary Education Officer, Surat), Paul Seong (Office of Social Sector Initiatives, USAID) and Neelima Pandey (Director, PFEL). The tablets will be used to enhance the reading and learning skills of children in primary schools (Grades 1 to 8). The BRCs and CRCs will use the tablets to impart innovative teaching skills within the context of reading to teachers belonging to their respective blocks and clusters. These will also be used to analyse data and maintain an MIS system for the schools that are a part of the block/cluster.