Odisha emerges among six states to be covered under the ‘STARS‘ project, which is supported by the World Bank.
Union Minister Prakash Javedekar stated that the project would support states in terms of education.
Other than Odisha, the other five states are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala.
The program known as Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) would be implemented under the Department of School Education & Literacy.
It would be carried out with the World Bank’s financial support amounting to $500 million, said the Centre.
The project seeks to support states regarding developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes and school-to-work transition strategies for enhanced labor market outcomes.
The goal would be to increase fundamental literacy and numeracy among children from 3 to 8 years of age, among others.
According to an official statement issued after the Cabinet meeting, the project includes an emergency response component to help the government respond to disaster situations, which lead to school closures and loss of learning, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Javadekar said that the main idea behind the project is “learning outcomes.”