The Delhi government on 19th February 2018 announced the launch of Mission Buniyaad for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools. The announcement was made days after the National Achievement Survey (NAS) showed that the entire country, including Delhi, was facing a learning crisis in schools. Under the programme which will run from April to June for Class 3 to 5 in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools and for Class 6 to 8 in government schools, children will undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialised Mission Buniyaad classes.
Officials of the education department will run the campaign in mission mode for three months from April to June this year. The programme is being designed on the lines of Delhi government’s Chunauti scheme, after two rounds of meetings with MCDs, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the North Delhi Municipal Council. The NAS survey demonstrates that close to half of all children in our schools are not able to read their grade level textbooks.
In the secondary schools run by the Delhi government, various programmes we initiated have improved reading ability by about 20%. Children in primary schools that are under the MCD are not able to read and thereafter when they study in secondary schools they find it difficult to cope up with the advanced levels. The municipal bodies that run major faculties within the metropolis will increase a cadre of academics who will drive this system, in a way much like the Mentor Instructor Program run in Delhi authorities faculties. One trainer will care for 5 faculties and can practice academics of those 5 faculties on enhancing readability of youngsters.