Quality assessment is a systematic audit of activities implemented in a quality system so that requirements for a product or service can be fulfilled. EQFI is committed to consistently deliver quality services for school assessment, and strives to exceed stakeholders' expectations through continual process improvement. EQFI conducts quality assessment of schools based on certain guidelines, such as teaching learning practices, leadership, school processes, infrastructure, school management, students’ focus, results etc.
Under this domain, EQFI conducted workshops to provide the management of schools with an appraisal of every staff member in order to help them prioritise the offer of regular appointments to existing staff.
The objectives of conducting the workshops were to assess communication skills; creativity and innovation; rapport; community linkages; classroom management skills etc. of the staff at various levels, to evaluate the participants on their subject-competency levels and to assist them complete their self-appraisal forms.
The staff was rated after observing their skills and assessing the self-appraisal forms. The objectivity ensured by external observations was corroborated with internal views to arrive at a rating which would help the institution to retain the best talent.
The workshops at every stage focussed on teacher effectiveness; creativity and innovation and communicative approach to language teaching. The teachers participated in various activities on areas, such as active citizenship; associative learning; developing assertive skills and addressing social and emotional needs of adolescents.
Four modules of the workshops were conducted for 104 teachers in 5 schools.
EQFI and Learning Links Foundation, in partnership with the Public Affairs section, Embassy of United States of America, Delhi proposed to introduce “Sakriya Nagrik”, an ICT integrated project based on citizenship education in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) in Bihar.
Its objective was to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for effective participation; practical experience designed to foster competence and efficacy; opportunity to participate in effective dialogue with policy makers and online tools for research, communication, learning, networking and advocacy.
Most students belonged to the lower economic strata and many amongst them were first generation learners. The programme till date has engaged over 300 schools, 800 teachers and more than 40,000 students.