The Department of School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in the year 2018 has integrated 3 major schemes of School Education i.e. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) into one Centrally Sponsored Scheme through a Single State Implementation Society (SIS) known as “Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan” at the Central/ State Level implemented from 3rd April 2018. Goa Samagra Shiksha Society is the SIS (State Implementing Society) for the Scheme for Integrated Education.
OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY:-
The objects for which the Society has been established are:-
- To act as a body for implementation of the Samagra Shiksha Project as outlined in the Project Document/Draft Framework for Implementation, published by the Government of India, in which its existing 3 major flagship programmes namely, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, The Rashtriya Shiksha Abhiyan, and Teacher Education, stand amalgamated; and its revised version that may be prepared in the future on the basis of reviews from time to time.
- To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from pre-school to higher secondary school level in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Education which is the overall vision of the Scheme for Integrated Education as envisaged under Samagra Shiksha which views ‘school’ as a continuum from pre-school right up to higher/secondary school level/class 12
- To facilitate a single administrative structure through convergence of the existing administrative structures of Goa RMSA & Goa SSA so as to promote a single school education development programme as envisaged under the scheme
- To realize the major objectives of the scheme for Integrated Education, namely, provision of quality education and enhancing learning outcomes of students; Bridging Social and Gender gaps in School Education; Ensuring Equity and Inclusion at all levels of school Education; Ensuring Minimum standards in schooling provisions; Promoting Vocationalization of education; promote vigorous implementation of the RTE Act, 2009; Strengthening of SCERT and DIET as nodal agencies for teacher training, and other curricular activities to aid the Society’s objectives.
- To function as a social mission for bringing about fundamental change in the education system, and through it, in the overall socio- cultural situation.
- To ensure free and compulsory education at the elementary level for all children up to the age of 14 years as envisaged in the RTE Act, 2009
- To strengthen and enhance the quality of Teacher training through the SCERT and DIET and through them to vigorously promote research in curricular and pedagogical practices.
- To proactively promote Vocationalization of education at the secondary and higher secondary level and to oversee its linkages to trade and industry
- To achieve the goal of Universalization of Elementary Education through a time-bound integrated approach.
- To universalize concept-based learning at the elementary level based on Learning Outcomes as defined from time to time.
- To provide community owned quality elementary education in the mission mode.
- To bridge all social and gender gaps in the school system;
- To adapt the educational system to serve the goal of women’s equality and empowerment of the girl child.
- To make necessary interventions so as to provide equal educational opportunities to children belonging to the scheduled tribes and other poorer/marginalized sections of society, and also for Children with Special Needs
- To lay special emphasis on culture, communication, science, and environment, and inculcation of a sense of social justice through all educational activities.
The major interventions, across all levels of school education, proposed under the scheme are:
- Universal Access including Infrastructure Development and Retention;
- Gender and Equity;
- Inclusive Education;
- Financial support for Teacher Salary;
- Digital initiatives;
- RTE Entitlements including uniforms, textbooks etc.;
- Pre-nursery Education;
- Vocational Education;
- Sports and Physical Education;
- Strengthening of Teacher Education and Training;
- Programme Management; and
- National Component.