Model of Excellence for School Education in Jhunjhunu

Government of Rajasthan and Piramal School of Leadership (PSL), an initiative of Piramal Foundation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transform Jhunjhunu district into an ‘Innovation Hub for Excellence in School Education’, over a period of 5 years. The MoU was signed in the presence of Govind Singh Dotasara, Minister of Education (Primary & Secondary Education), Manju Rajpal, Secretary, School Education Department & Language, Library Department and Panchayati Raj (Elementary Education) Department, Pradeep Kumar Borad, Commissioner, School Education and Rajasthan School Shikhsa Parishad and Special Secretary; Abhishek Bhagotia, State Project Director, Samgra Shiksha and Additional Commissioner, Rajasthan Shiksha Parishad; Paresh Parasnis, CEO, Piramal Foundation; and Manmohan Singh, Director, Piramal School of Leadership. The occasion was graced by Addl State Project Director (I &II), Deputy Commissioner (I to VII), and all Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors in Samgra Shiksha.

Govind Singh Dotasara said, “We are confident that this partnership will unlock the potential of our students to play a crucial role in shaping the world in the 21st century. Jhunjhunu is a torch bearer in the field of education in India and is amongst the highest performing districts of the country. We aim to implement a model that promotes all round development of children from the age of 3 to 18, and make Jhunjhunu a replicable model across 723 other districts in India.”

This partnership is focused on unlocking the potential of the district and equipping students to be the best in the country, and also globally. It aims to raise ‘Future Ready’ children by focusing on strengthening leadership capabilities of School, Block and District leaders, and incubating innovation to improve the emotional resilience and ability of students to thrive in dynamic environments, nurture their creativity, and build essential competencies such as collaboration and compassion. The various interventions are designed to innovate education across early childhood by strengthening Aanganwadi integration, focusing on Foundational Learning in Class 1-5, PISA readiness in classes 6-10 and Career Guidance and Entrepreneurship Development in secondary education.

The MoU will focus on two pillars to support district administration to impact all elementary and secondary schools in a phased manner through:

1)      Demonstration Schools: Interventions to improve school processes in early childhood education, foundational skill development, PISA readiness, social-emotional and ethical learning, and livelihood & employability education

2)      District Transformation: Coach leadership development, facilitator development, planning and governance support, community engagement, and process improvement

On the occasion of this partnership, an observation study report on ‘Baste Ka Bojh Kam’, a unique initiative by Government of Rajasthan, was launched by Mr. Govind Singh Dotasara and Paresh Parasnis.