Jan Suraaj Padyatra – How to get out of Poverty?

During the Jan Suraaj padyatra, Prashant Kishore spoke about the three crucial factors that can pave the way for Bihar’s transformation from poverty-stricken to prosperous. The common man, represented by the term “Jan Suraaj in Bihar,” echoes his sentiments, recognising the significance of education, commercial farming, and government support for small businesses as the pillars of progress. This blog post is all about understanding what key changes are required in the field of education in the state.

Change in Education System – The first pillar to change for Jan Suraaj

There is no doubt that state has the best minds and most hard working students in the country. To match the level of these students, Bihar urgently needs a change in its quality of eduction and robust infrastructure. Additionally, it is more important for Bihar to teach our children the values of being responsible and compassionate citizens, contributing positively to society. This vital aspect, which has been lacking for far too long, must be at the core of Jan Suraaj government’s efforts to nurture a generation that not only excels academically but also embodies the principles of good citizenship.

Focus on Moral Eduction

One of the world’s best education system Finland, which not only focuses on academic excellence but also places great emphasis on cultivating good moral values and social skills in its students. Bihar should take an inspiration from Finland. By nurturing young minds with a sense of responsibility and compassion, the state can cultivate a generation of citizens who are not only academically proficient but also actively engaged in creating a more harmonious and progressive society. This approach has the potential to bring about a positive transformation, where the youth of Bihar become agents of change, contributing significantly to the betterment of their communities and the entire state. A real Jan Suraaj can’t be successful unless people of Bihar respects the moral value and they nurture this culture at the early age of our younger generation.

Including Liberal Thinking in Education System

Teaching younger kids about liberal thinking and open-mindedness is of utmost importance in Bihar, as it teaches children to question societal norms and reject stereotypes. This is crucial because despite becoming academically good, the younger generation in Bihar often struggles to develop their own personalities and make unbiased decisions due to a lack of exposure to open-mindedness.

For instance, consider a child who completes primary education in Bihar and later moves to Bangalore for higher studies. After becoming professionally successful and adhering to the norms of city life, the child might hesitate to share these progressive values with their own family, society or village. The fear of ridicule and being labeled as a “city boy” or comments like “शहरी बाबू” prevents them from positively influencing their village’s culture. Even in matters as basic as promoting proper garbage disposal or adopting technological advancements in farming, the child may hesitate to share ideas due to prevailing stereotypes in the village.

It is not uncommon to hear comments like “तुम तो अब बाहर रहते हो तुमको क्या लेना देना परिवार से” or “हमको मत सिखाओ की ये कैसे होता है तुम बाहर रह रहे हो इसका ये मतलब नहीं की सब तुमको ही आता है,” even though you are equally concerned about the well-being of your family and may have better ideas for doing things in a more efficient and innovative manner than the traditional approach.

These comments reflect a prevailing mindset that associates living outside (in cities or metropolitan areas) with being disconnected from traditional values or not having a grasp on family responsibilities. However, such assumptions overlook the fact that living away from home often exposes individuals to diverse experiences and knowledge, which can bring new and valuable perspectives.

It is essential to for people of Bihar to break free from such stereotypes and recognize that living in different environments can broaden a person’s horizons and enable them to contribute positively to their communities, including their families. The younger generation also carrying similar mindset as their role models like father, uncle, teacher, society have similar stereotype which needs to be broken by including the liberal thinking and open mindedness in education system.

To address this, Jan Suraaj government should include liberal thinking and open-mindedness in the education system of Bihar.

KRA based Teaching

KRA (Key Result Area) based teaching would be a complete reform in Bihar education system with a lot of objections and strikes from teacher associations. But it would be a most impactful change in the state to improve the quality of education. This method will ensure that professional growth of teacher will be decided based on evidence of quality of teaching and student’s growth. This will ensure that teachers are motivated and dedicated to provide best possible quality teaching in his ability in remotest village of Bihar.

Moreover, KRA-based professional growth introduce transparency and fairness, as evaluation criteria are clear and objective. Ultimately, this approach not only improves the overall quality of education but also acknowledges and values the hard work and dedication of teachers, thereby boosting their job satisfaction and commitment to their profession. With KRA-based teaching, Bihar can make strides towards building a more effective and successful education system that benefits both students and educators alike. However, it must be noted that the defining KRA for teachers can be a difficult and controversial task, but we have a few examples like TEAM model and IMPACT system to take the references.

For Jan Suraaj and better future the state, this would be the most needed change in the education system of Bihar.

Local Role Model for every Village

In remote villages, encouraging children to attend school regularly remains a significant challenge. The government has made efforts by providing tangible incentives such as free meals, books, and uniforms. However, I believe that despite these measures, children and their parents still lack the motivation to prioritize education.

In this regard, the Jan Suraaj government could take a proactive step by identifying a local role model for each village. This role model should share their personal journey and experiences of how education transformed their life. By highlighting how education improved their financial status, led to better agricultural practices, and enhanced hygiene, this role model can inspire and motivate children and their parents to value and embrace education.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Jan Suraaj Padyatra has shed light on the crucial factors that can uplift Bihar from poverty to prosperity. Education stands as the first pillar of change, and to truly achieve Jan Suraaj, the state must focus on key reforms in its education system. Instilling moral education and values of responsibility and compassion in students will nurture a generation of citizens committed to positive societal contributions. Embracing liberal thinking and open-mindedness will break stereotypes and empower the youth to positively influence their communities. Implementing KRA-based promotion and hikes for teachers can revolutionize the education system and improve its overall quality. Moreover, highlighting local role models in villages can inspire children and parents to prioritize education for a better future.

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