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Delhi govt conducts survey on social, emotional skills of students

The Bihar government has launched a program called 'Didi ki library' to promote reading habits among children in villages.
In a bid to encourage children in villages to promote the habit of reading, the Bihar government has started ‘Didi ki library’, established under Jeevika. The first Didi ki library or community library in Singheshwar was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on February 10. At least 100 libraries have been opened in 32 districts. Community Library and Career Development Centres (CLCDCs) have also been set up in many blocks of the state. Jeevika’s CEO Rahul Kumar said that the 100 Community Library-cum-Career Development Centres (CLCDCs) established by Jeevika as study centres of various courses recognised by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will help promote education in rural children. Kumar said that there are a total of 12,318 members registered in all the 100 community libraries, of which about 80 per cent are girls. Till now, 63 government buildings have been taken over for the purpose, while the remaining 37 are being developed in private houses hired by Jeevika. The building marked for the operation of CLCDC has a hall, which can accommodate about 30-40 people and two rooms, in which one room is used as a physical and digital library-cum-office and the other room is used as a study room. The hall is used for other teaching-training activities including conducting digital and physical classes as per the requirement. Books for preparation of various higher education entrance exams including class 9th to 12th textbook, e-books and notes are available in the library. Rohan Rai, a resident of Singheshwar, who works as a labourer said that girls were not able to study properly at home. The library is helping in promoting education among rural children who, for various reasons, did not get time and facilities for studying at their homes. He said that such a facility in the village would be effective in the field of education of girls.

According to an official circular dated Wednesday, the Delhi government is conducting a survey on social and emotional skills among teenage students in 75 state-run schools in the city. The survey began on Thursday and will end on May 6, targeting students aged between 15 years-and-three months and 16 years and two months (as of April 12). The NGO Dream a Dream is conducting the survey through data collection by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The schools have been asked to nominate a teacher to coordinate and cooperate with the NGO, with no foreign funding allowed without prior approval of the DoE and following the government of India's guidelines.

This survey is one of the first international efforts to develop a comprehensive set of metrics around social and emotional skills to enhance policies to improve young people's development and well-being, according to officials. The assessment aims to gather empirical evidence on students' social and emotional skills and their relevance to various life outcomes while providing reliable insights. The survey will target students (15 years old), teachers, principals, and parents, with the main study scheduled for April-May 2023, following a field trial conducted last year in May 2022.