CSEI

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Introduction

Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion was registered as Trust by a group of social activists and academics coming together in Delhi in 2009. The members have been at the forefront in working on Dalit rights and rights of other marginalised communities for over three decades.  The focus of its work is ‘addressing social exclusion and discrimination and developing and promoting inclusive policies and practice through policy research, monitoring, innovative pilots and advocacy in collaboration with civil society organisations, particularly those led by members of the excluded communities for equitable outcomes’. It contributes to building a more equitable and inclusive society by strengthening the voice and capacities of socially excluded communities and sensitising and networking with state and civil society at large

 

About the Project:

Specific problems and issues exist (bulleted points) - Scenario if we do not intervene and work in the specific area (bulleted points): 

  • Lack of awareness on Section 12 of RTE Act which deals with 25% seats to Economically Weaker sections and Disadvantaged groups
  • Private schools hesitant to provide for EWS / DA seats and have challenged the clause in the Supreme Court. 
  • The seats meant for EWS/DA not filled even after SC upholds the RTE provision 
  • Reports of discrimination and lack of inclusive practices within schools with children enrolled under the provision

 

Specific Objectives

1.Children and parents from DA/EWS categories are facilitated to better access and participate in private schools under Section 12 of the RTE Act in Delhi , UP, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Bihar states

2.To facilitate transparent and hassle free process in states in accessing private schools under Section 12 of the RTE

 

Impact of running this project

  • More awareness on the rights of economically weaker sections and disadvantaged communities under section 12 of the RTE Act
  • Creation of a platform of marginalised led groups working on the issue 
  • More children from marginalised communities receiving education under Section 12 of RTE Act. 
  • Inclusive practices encouraged in private schools 

 

Outcomes/Achievements so far

 

  • Generating greater awareness in community towards Rights & Entitlements and clarifying requirements by schools
  • Regular Community engagements through CLOs for preparedness (for admission & for school)
  • Expansion and formations of advocacy networks- Expansion with the most marginalized communities - construction worker unions, domestic worker unions, sewerage worker unions, Waste Picker Union,  Safai Karamchari union.
  • Engagement with state governments for formulation of Inclusion guidelines towards implementation of section 12.1.C of RTE.
  • Facilitated admission of around 1700 children under 12.1.C of RTE in Delhi
  • 1 state consultation, in UP , Government engagement & Clarification on reimbursement amount,
  • A national consultation engaging representatives of 15 states on status of implementation of Section 12 of RTE Act. 

 

Case studies/human stories

Extending the Window for Applications in UP

During a planning meeting for the implementation of Section 12 (1-c) in Uttar Pradesh with 25 Community Led Organizations (CLOs) in Lucknow on 3rd March ’15, it was brought to notice that the window for submitting applications to the private schools was just 15 days from 1st to 15th March.  Members shared how the community is unable to procure and produce the necessary documents within this period. The community does not keep its certificates ready and go to the government for the same in this period. Government offices take more than 15 days in awarding any certificate. A delegation met with the Representative of the Govt Education Department at Lucknow on 4th March ‘15 and requested for an extension of date based on the above systemic problems. The administration saw the point and extended the time frame till 31st March ‘15.  Thus many more parents were able to apply this year.

Delhi Equity working Group and GR Camp 

CSEI supported the Delhi Equity Forum members to hold Grievance Redressal Camps from 1st to 31st of March ‘15 in various bastis in Delhi. One of the complaints that came up was about private schools denying admissions under Section 12 (1-c) saying that they do not come under RTE Act for this. These complaints were filed on-line to the department and one of the schools Victor Public school, North-East District called the Equity Forum member, Mr. Asif on 5th May ‘15 to inform that school is ready to accept the application for the second draw.  4 children - Afia, Mohammad Ali, Rehan and Muskan applied for the seats in this school. 

12 Community Led Organisations held camps in 30 bastis and 897 complaints were collected on the spot and additional 250 were done on-line. The purpose was to build confidence in the community on the GR mechanism and also activate the mechanism itself. We feel that these camps have initiated the process in Delhi.