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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

school partnership programme -TWINNING of schools- Implementation guidelines-Rc.26Dt.27/9/17

school partnership programme -TWINNING of schools- Implementation  guidelines-Rc.26Dt.27/9/17


The “Partnership between School / Twinning of Schools” Programme is aimed to link schools located in rural areas with Private, Aided or Government Schools in urban or semi-urban areas to enable interaction amongst the students and sharing of experiences. 

“Well functioning Private or Government Schools in urban or semi-urban areas may be linked with schools located in rural areas for interaction and exchange of experiences. Under the exchange programme the students of each section from higher classes from rural schools may be brought to schools in urban areas for one week and vice-a-versa for greater exposure”.    

With reference to the letters dated 9th May 2016, 30th July 2015, and 12th January 2016 from MHRD (D.O No. 2-8/2015-EE.3) to SSA, Andhra Pradesh regarding designing the “Partnership between School / Twinning of Schools” programme.

The above said programme is designing for the Schools the State of Andhra Pradesh on pilot basis in all the Districts. The number of Schools, Teachers and Students will be decided based on the availability of facilities, infrastructure, teaching aids, etc. While implementing the programme, core teams has to be constituted at District level and State level. Also certain guidelines need to be framed for Students, Teachers, Headmasters, Complex School Headmasters, Parents and team’s viz., administration, monitoring teams. The overall programme has to be documented for every quarterly by the concerned School team which will be further coordinated by District Authorities.  

Targeted Age Group, Classes and Schools:
  • Target age group: every child of 6 to 18 years age.
  • Target classes: Children from classes I-XII
  • Target Institutions: State Government and Local body schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and other Central Government and Private unaided schools.

List of Programmes: The following list of activities will be shortlist by the district level team with the support of shortlisted school headmasters and teachers.

  • List of Sports
  • Citizenship
  • Art and Craft
  • List of local places to visit
  • List of local festivals
  • List of Local art, craft and music
  • List of life skills
  • List out the local livelihoods (Agriculture, Industry or Services)
  • List out Best practices of selected schools.
Proposed Team Structure: The core teams in various levels have to be constituted for efficient implementation of the programme. The teams are broadly categorized into 3 core teams (viz., Administration and Monitoring teams) at State, District level and local support team. 

I.       State level:
1.      Administration: the SSA State level officers will provide budgetary support for the programme.
·         Team: SSA State Officers

2.      Monitoring: Monitoring team will monitor and coordinate the entire programme and collect the reports from all the Districts and consolidate the report. The detailed report will be submitted to the Commissioner of School Education and the State Project Director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
·         Team: SAMO, SSA.

II.       District level:
1.                  Administration: the District level administration will administer the entire programme in their District. The administrative team will collect the reports from all the twinned Schools of their District and consolidate the reports including photos and data and send to the State Monitoring Team.

2.                  Monitoring: AMO will monitor the District level activity and MEO will monitor the Block/Mandla level activity.
·         Team: SSA PO, AMO, MEO

III.    Local Support level
1. Monitoring: This team is meant for monitoring the activity at Block/Mandal level and School level.
    Team: MEO, School Complex Headmaster, Headmaster

2. Small Group for Mentoring: The group is meant for mentoring the Block/Mandal and School level programme (Partnership of Schools).
·         MEO, School Complex Headmaster, Mandal Resource Coordinator – MRC.


1.     Students:
·         Student must be in discipline in the class and while presenting the projects of other students at host school.
·         Students are to bring all required materials to class / venue each day.
·         Students are to remain in their seats unless given permission to leave the class room / workshop). 
·         After entering the room, students may not leave without permission.
·         Students may not leave books and materials outside the classroom for any reason.
·         Students are responsible for cleaning the area around their desks before leaving the room.
·         In  the  event  of  a  student’s  absence  from  school / went to home, while mid of the programme,  parents  must  provide  an explanation for the student’s absence, below. (Valid for only up to two days of absence. Beyond that, an application duly signed by parent along with Medical Certificate and prescription is a must.).
·         Students are expected to maintain proper decorum in the classroom.
·        Students must adhere to the rules set forth by the instructor / teacher.
·         The classroom should be a learning centered environment in which teachers and students are unhindered by disruptive behavior.
·         Failure to comply with classroom rules, instructor orders or teacher’s orders may result in dismissal from the class and/or the school.

2.     Teachers:
·         The classroom (host school) should be a learning centered environment in which teachers and students are unhindered by disruptive behavior.
·         Teachers have the authority to manage their classrooms (Source schools) to ensure an environment conducive to learning.
·         Teachers have to support the students and provide guidance, while preparing the projects and Science fairs.
·         Teachers should take care of the students in host school.
·         Teachers should update the activity information to the District core team and local support team timely.
·         Teachers must share the student activity with their parents timely.
·         Teachers should prepare the requirements viz., materials, budget, local logistics viz., accommodation, food, etc. for students, before commencing the partnership programme. 
·         Teachers should collect the information on local places of importance and make action plan.
·         Teacher must prepare an activity wise report on daily basis and weekly basis and submit it to the Local Support Team and District Level Teams.
·         Teachers must capture the photos covering all the activities of the entire programme and provide the information with data evidence, while performing field visits, student demonstrations, exhibitions etc. Also he/she must prepare student assessment report activity wise.

3.     Parents:
·         Parents permit the child to participate in the partnership school programme.
·         Parents should interact their child and teacher for taking the programme review and status of their child performance.
·         Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members must visit the host school and review the programme and provide their feedback.

4.      Management: Host School Management / Headmaster / Instructor / Principal will make all arrangements in the School for students and teachers of other school including local stay, food, medical facilities, etc. Monitor the programme in the school and provide necessary infrastructure, support timely.

5.      Administration and Logistics: The District Administration is responsible for smooth functioning of the partnership programme. For the purpose, the District officials should collect the schools information, then scrutiny the schools for piloting the programme. Further, they can issue the official orders to the respective schools by marking / copy to all concern Departments of the State and District. Apart from that, the District Project Office can coordinate the budget provided by the State Office for the programme and also provide necessary logistics support.

School selection criteria:  The initiative needs 2 schools from rural and urban areas. While piloting the programme, we may need few schools from each District for pairing and bridge the activity in both schools under student exchange. 

·         Schools should have good infrastructure facilities viz., good classrooms, teaching learning materials, auditorium, play ground, computer lab with internet connection, digital classroom, science labs and good sanitation.
·         Well qualified teachers and supporting staff.
·         Campus should have greenery.
·         Campus should be located at proper access of transport facilities.
·         Campuses are preferred which are having student hostel facilities.
·         The School having achievements in curricular, extra-curricular, other curricular activities and sports and games.
·         The schools which are having innovative practices in teaching and learning.

Student’s selection criteria:
  • The student must be energetic, talented, brilliant and enthusiastic in any one of the themes provide in the draft.
  • The student is willingness to stay out of his/her home or residence and school.
  • Meritorious students will be selected for the programme in any one of the themes provide in the draft.
  • Preference will be given for Socially, Economically poor and backward students in the school.
  • Students those who are shine in Sports, Games, and Cultural & Literary activities in local / regional / state / national levels.

Assessment Criteria for Student outcomes: The assessment of the student will be done by the respective teacher, who is involving / leading the programme.  In-charge Headmaster of the host and source school will fix the assessment format of students. Final assessment format should provide to the State project office SSA and district project office SSA, 2 weeks before of the school twinning pilot project.


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