Counsil for social development (CSD)

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01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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The project seeks to undertake right based advocacy to accelerate the process of implementation of the RTE Act throughout the country by through critical engagement with government to make it a political agenda, to build up the synergy among various state level organizations, for inclusion with community mobilization and awareness RTE Forum has brought the networks, agencies and organizations working in the field of education both at state and national level to strengthen the mass movement.  


About the Project: 

RTE Forum is a coalition of informal alliances of about 10,000 organizations across the country representing people’s voice and has been critically engaged with government to implement the provisions of the act at National and State level.  This year being the last year for all the compliances to the Act to be fulfilled by state will have a special importance in the life line of the act.  This year, the project will initiate process to monitor the implementation of the act through building up of its structure at National and state level, facilitate the process of capacity building of SMC across the country to enable their emergence as strength in support of the implementation of the RTE Act across the country.  It also aspires to train 100 volunteers across the country on various aspects of the law, rule and monitoring mechanisms to create a cadre to support SMCs, local organisations to raise the issue of education as the prime developmental agenda.  

This year the RTE Forum plans to strengthen their state chapters, engages with Parliamentarians & policy makers, take-up emerging issues within the RTE including privatization and detention Policy, provide inputs to Govt. on New Education Policy followed by series of consultations and engage with SMC federations and teachers unions. It plans to conduct roundtables, workshops and consultations at both the regional and national level, working on specific issues like quality of education, formation and functioning of School Management Committees and privatization.  The Forum will continue its engagement with teachers under the banner of ‘All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF)’ with the objective of bringing teachers on board to deepen the movement. 

A stock taking will be held at the end of 2016 to take stock of the entire set of compliances that is happening across the country with regard to Right of children to free and compulsory education act, 2009.  


Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

  1. Draft Report of VIth  year Status of Implementation of RTE Act
  2. Draft report on consultation with Parliamentarians 
  3. Report on action taken and achievements in addressing emerging issues/challenges in RTE
  4. National consultation on Developing action points for National and State level advocacy


Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achivements):

Last year, the RTE Forum created a network of organizations working in field of education from 18 states namely Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal.. Apart from establishing linkages with partner organisations, it strengthened its dialogue with the MHRD, NCPCR and other state level bodies. 

Specifically, during the last year, the Forum successfully advocated for better implementation of RTE Act 2009 through continued dialogue and discussion with state agencies and campaigns. The forum has worked with NCPCR- the monitoring agency for the tracking of implementation of the RTE Act nationally. The forum has conducted consultations on privatisations and post 2015 agenda. The forum was consulted by MHRD and Finance Ministry during preparation of annual budget on education. 

RTE Forum expanded its network and mobilized like-minded forces, different social groups and state units. It has done Stocktaking Conventions and come up with reports at the national level as well as in States like- WB, Orissa, Jharkahnd, Bihar, UP, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh and Delhi. Meetings were held with educationists, academicians and governmentt officials in Rajasthan, Gujrat, MP and Assam to review the implementation of the RTE. Public Hearing were conducted in Keonjhar, Orrissa on RTE and Patna, Bihar on the mid day meal tragedy.  Forum has initiated a meeting with experts after the Bihar Mid Day Meal Tragedy in Delhi at Council for Social development, the outcome of which resulted in a memorandum that was submitted to Pallam Raju, Union Minister of Human Resource Development.