In the world of education, the role of school leadership is pivotal. Principals and school heads are not just administrators; they are the architects of a learning environment, the driving force behind growth, and the nurturing hand that guides both educators and students on the path of knowledge. Recognizing this, Vibha, as the Program Management Unit for MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) schools, embarked on a transformative journey, working in harmony with MCD officials, SCERT (State Council of Educational Research and Training), and CreatNet to launch the Primary Leadership Development Program (PLDP).
Setting the Stage for Transformation
Vibha’s journey towards creating the PLDP was not a solitary one but a collaborative effort. It began with the development of a comprehensive scale-up strategy and coordination with key stakeholders to identify and select facilitators who would play a pivotal role in this educational transformation.
The Pilot Phase: Planting the Seeds of Change
In October 2021, SCERT, in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, initiated the pilot phase of the Primary Leadership Development Program in four zones of MCD. The program identified and selected 44 Principals who would serve as facilitators for the initiative. These facilitators underwent rigorous training to prepare them for their crucial roles.
The impact of this pilot was significant, with these facilitators conducting four cycles of cluster sessions for 44 clusters of learning communities, spanning 539 schools. Their dedication and hard work bore fruit, and as a testament to their commitment, these facilitators also underwent a facilitator developer offsite in November 2022 in Aurovalley, Raiwala, Haridwar.
Scaling the Initiative: A Vision Realized
The success of the pilot program prompted Director Education, MCD, to convene a consultative meeting with SCERT, CE, and all MCD officials (DDEs & SIs) in April 2023. The result was a decision to scale up this transformative initiative to all 12 zones. To bring this vision to life, SCERT included the scale-up as part of its budgeted expenditure for 2023-24.
In collaboration with CreatNet, SCERT undertook the facilitator selection process for the remaining eight zones. Through a structured process, 102 Principals were chosen as facilitators for this expansive phase.
The Grand Launch: A Momentous Occasion
To mark the commencement and rollout of Facilitator development and cluster level sessions in all zones of MCD, SCERT and MCD are launching the Primary Leadership Development Program on October 4, 2023. The grand launch ceremony promises to be a momentous occasion, with Hon. Education Minister Mam gracing the event, aligning with the vision of enabling holistic education and fostering a culture of learning within schools.
Reflecting on the Impact
The journey thus far has yielded promising outcomes. SCERT and CreatNet analyzed the reflections of participants from the pilot program, revealing tangible changes in the attitudes and approaches of Principals:
82% of the Principals reported working on improving relationships with their staff, fostering a more respectful, appreciative, and motivating environment.
61% of the Principals gained greater confidence and patience, expressing themselves better, enhancing listening skills, and focusing on solutions.
18% of the Principals experienced reduced stress and improved work management, leading to a calmer and more focused approach to problem-solving.
A Bright Future Beckons
As the Primary Leadership Development Program takes its first steps into a broader landscape, it carries with it the promise of transformative change in the education ecosystem. The vision is clear: to see all schools in MCD grow as learning organizations and embody a culture of learning.
The Primary Leadership Development Program is not just an initiative; it’s a testament to the power of collaboration, vision, and the unwavering commitment to creating a brighter future for the leaders, educators, and students who shape the world of tomorrow.
With each step taken in this journey, a brighter future beckons for the educational landscape of MCD, where learning is not just a process but a way of life.