NITI Aayog on March 17, 2018 released comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E)’ project in New Delhi.
The forward-looking roadmaps were released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in the presence of the Chief Secretaries of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha at the conclusion of the first meeting of the National Steering Group (NSG), the governing body for the project, which is chaired by Kant.
The main objective of the SATH-E project is to make the entire governmental school education system responsive, aspirational and transformational for every child.
It aims to create role model states for education and mainstream islands of excellence across the country to facilitate qualitative and quantitative transformation of learning outcomes.
The project puts the states in the driver’s seat to transform education.
• The comprehensive roadmaps are for the coming two years, from 2018 to 2020.
• The prints lay out detailed interventions that will be taken up by the three participating states- Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha – which aim to become ‘role model states’ in school education.
• These roadmaps present the first-of-its-kind, customised, action-oriented programmes, outlining interventions at the individual, district and state level.
• The plans were jointly prepared by NITI Aayog, the three States and the knowledge partners of the SATH Initiatives, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (PFEL).
Funding of the Project
The initiative will be funded through a cost-sharing mechanism between NITI Aayog and the participating states.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (PFEL) were chosen as knowledge partners for the project facilitating review, data collection and implementation.
• In May 2017, the NITI Aayog wrote to all the states offering assistance for improving their health and education sectors, among which 16 states responded favourably.
• Following presentations and consultations with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the three states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha were selected for the programme.
• This paved way for the Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital-Education (SATH-E) project.
• The project has been envisaged as a programme that aims to transform elementary and secondary school education across the selected three states.
• The SATH-E roadmap refers to a time-bound, goal-driven exercise that will reach its logical culmination by the end of the academic year 2020.