Dharamshala: The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all walks of life on earth. As a precautionary measure, all the educational institutions in India are closed for an indefinite time since the mid of March 2020. The Department of Education, CTA has provided timely guidelines to the schools on “Effective Use of School Closure” and has started live online teaching on official Facebook Page of Tibet TV so that the education of the children does not suffer, and children can learn safely from home.
In the current situation, the school leaders can play a very significant role in making sure that children are engaged in learning at home and the parents are spending quality time with their children. Not only this, but they can also support the teachers in making the best possible use of technology for the transition from physical to virtual teaching. To address some of the above issues and keeping in mind, the role that our school leaders can play, the Department of Education, CTA in collaboration with ‘Alokit’ has initiated a 3-month program called ‘Project Light’.
The first month is a pilot program consisting of weekly training sessions which started on 29 April 2020. The first 90-minute training session on ‘Leadership in Crisis’ happened virtually over Google Meet in which 20 Principals and Head teachers from 15 STSS schools and TCV Bylakuppe participated. The training was led by Mr Baidurya Sen and Ms Manvi Arora from Alokit. The session ended with school leaders committing to a few action steps for the week. The next virtual training session will be conducted on 6 May 2020 focussing on ‘How to use technology efficiently?’
The DOE and Alokit will review the engagement after the first month and design program for the next two months. Principals and Head teachers from other Tibetan schools will be provided opportunity to join the program. Project light will cover the following themes over a period of 3 months: How to use technology efficiently, Leadership in crisis, Teacher Engagement, Parent Engagement, Monitoring learning, Post-lockdown planning.
The virtual training program for school leaders is funded by Global Affairs Canada.
-Filed by Department of Education