Project Details

Zero Investment Innovations for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI)

Posted By: Jharkhand


Key Attributes Details
Project Owner : Jharkhand
Status : On Track
State: Jharkhand
Start date : 17 May 2017
Estimated End Date : 60 months
Estimated cost : 0.00 lakh
Cost per beneficiary : 0.00 lakh
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Key success indicators : Innovation Scorecard—showing qualitative and quantitative outcomes from each idea School Scorecard— number of ideas successfully implemented, education gaps addressed successfully, and the impact created District Scorecard—number of schools participating, success rate, short and long term impact State Scorecard—overall level of Innovation, short and long-term outcomes vis-a-vis the vision and goal of the program
Problem statement : ZIIEI is one of the first and largest-ever initiatives of India to annually facilitates wide-scale, systematic implementation of grass root innovations in government schools, that improve the quality and reach of education at zero or minimal cost. Started in Jharkhand in 2017, by December, ZIIEI has oriented more than 45,000 teachers to come up with zero-investment ideas that can transform education in small or big ways. The participants have provided 15,000 ideas of which shortlisted ones will be featured in the annual Navachar Pustika for implementation at large scale. More than 3,000 schools are already implementing innovations, and during Jan-Mar 2018, about 40,000 Head Masters will attend a training on solution-focussed innovations, and nearly 30,000 schools (75percent of total schools in Jharkhand) will have implemented at least one ZIIEI idea and will see some degree of improvement in the quality of education in their classrooms.
Proposed solution : Working for over 55 years to transform Education, Sri Aurobindo Society ( has identified that one of the most game-changing components in India’s Education system has been seriously ignored by the policymakers until now—it’s the Zero Investment Innovations at grassroots. A school in the most interior village of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has probably painted its walls creatively to teach Hindi varnamala to its pupils, while another in a city slum might be teaching English alphabets using a game like Tambola, or yet another is helping students master phonics through film songs. Experiments are being done all over the country and most of these require no monetary investment at all. In true sense, these are renovations rather than Innovations, as they leverage the existing resources to create a novel solution for improving systems and processes. But who knows about such scattered, isolated and unorganised innovations? Who else can benefit? At a recent International Workshop by OECD CERI NGO Pratham highlighted that the main role of the government is to search for the most promising innovations throughout the education system and scale them up if India is to achieve inclusive growth. But despite the urgency, we hardly have any strategic policies in place which facilitate selection and standardisation of best practices. In a state like Jharkhand, with nearly 70 percent population in rural areas, there are about 128 thousand teachers for imparting Basic and Secondary Education. ?Even if 1 percent of these have successfully implemented ideas to improve education in their schools, that makes 1,200 innovations to consider for standardisation across 40,000 schools. Customarily India has looked to developed countries for their best practices and has tried to adapt them to local context. Often with every change of administration, parallel systems and processes are introduced. This adds more complexity to an already crumbling education system, consumes huge amount of the education budget and taxpayers and donors’ money. It is pitiable that we continue to ignore the goldmine of ideas we have and are not already using them to harness the existing systems and resources. Our program, Zero-Investment Improvements in Education Initiatives (ZIIEI), breaks ground and addresses the development challenge in the following ways: It empowers the government school teachers and principals with an inclusive innovation platform, that is also an open forum to share and leverage ideas — an opportunity rarely available to these educators.?The first step in transforming education is to start at the very roots — the educators. ZIIEI is first orienting all the teachers of the state to innovation as a concept, its need in education today, and how their individual efforts can make a change. It facilitates systematic, widespread adoption of zero-investment innovations. ?Annually, 25 top best practices shared by teachers will be implemented at wide scale. The effort will be led by teachers and principals themselves. Estimates are that about 30,000 schools will see some degree of innovation every year. In return, ZIIEI uses community recognition as the main reward for the innovative educators. Its innovations contribute to development impacts specifically identified in line with the goals of the strategic Central and State-run programs, i.e. Improved education delivery in classrooms. Increased number of children reading at grade-appropriate level. More supporting learning environment for girls and also children with special needs. Increased interest, involvement and ownership of teachers in improving education quality. Stronger collaboration between the educators, the government, non-profits and the corporates. Greater involvement and support of parents and the community in improving education. Increased pride of teachers in their profession. It empowers the education officers and state administration with the knowledge and skills to drive state-wide education transformation.?Although this is a program driven by teachers, it is being made sure that every rung of the administrative ladder understands the importance of this program and is actively supporting the teachers in making this initiative a success.
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