Agartala: In an approach to the integrated curriculum for children between ages 3-8 years, the Tripura government on Saturday formally launched Mission Mukul as part of the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN).
Launching the mission with more than 1200 educationists and Anganwadi workers Tripura Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said, National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has accorded the highest priority on Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) to achieve universal acquisition of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) based on which NIPUN has been launched centrally.
Explaining Mission Mukul, Nath stated that at least three Anganwadi centres taking topography, communication, and other allied factors into consideration would be attached to a government school within a 1.5 km radius, Anganwadi workers will be mentored by the trained school teacher, weekly assignments for the children enrolled will be provided by the school through Anganwadi worker, and children will accomplish their assignments through mentoring by Anganwadi workers.
“The children from Anganwadi centers, aged 4 years and above, will visit schools once a month to get familiarized with the school ambiance and get interested in schooling so that every child attains foundational literacy and numeracy to acquire linguistic and mathematical skills by the end of Grade 3 within 2026-27,” Nath stated.
FLN forms the basis of all future learning and is of utmost importance as it prepares students in acquiring 21a century skills, at higher grades – necessary for becoming successful global citizens. As a part of the new ‘5+3+3+4’ school system, Tripura has adopted an integrated curriculum for children between ages 3-8, for effective implementation of NIPUN Tripura, the minister opined.
According to the officials, NIPUN Tripura will focus on providing access to and retaining children in the foundational years of schooling, capacity building of teachers, development of high-quality and diversified student and teacher resources/learning materials, and tracking the progress of each child in achieving learning outcomes.