01 Apr 2014 - 01 Jan 2015
01 Apr 2014 - 01 Jan 2015
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (henceforth RTE Act) was enacted on 1st April, 2010 which promises eight years of compulsory education for all children of the age group between 6-14 years. With this, government promises to make all schools RTE compliant by fulfilling certain RTE norms within the time period of five years. This year five years deadline of RTE enactment has completed but only 9.5% of the total schools in the state is RTE compliant.
In the state, ‘state commission for protection of child rights’ (SCPCR) has been formed and playing active role in collaboration with state RTE forum. Due to influence of neoliberal forces government tend to privatize elementary schools by handing over it to private players which will be disastrous for excluded and marginalized children. Teachers’ forum and associations are also active and play crucial role in raising voice against privatization of government schools. There is a huge shortage of teachers in the government schools which leads to degradation of quality of education. Migration from hilly area to plains in search of better livelihood is also a major issue in the state which affects education. Learning level of children are also not up to the mark which leads to the mistrust over government system which needs to be regained.
About the Project:
The project is primarily for state level advocacy for speedy and effective implementation of RTE Act through state collective ‘Uttarakhand RTE Forum’ (collective of civil society organizations, activists, media, teachers’ forum etc to advocate for effective implementation of RTE Act). At state level advocacy will be done with Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the implementing wing of elementary education, SCPCR, the monitoring wing for RTE implementation, SCERT, the quality education wing of education and other relevant stakeholders for speedy and time bounded implementation of RTE Act in the state in liaison with national RTE Forum.
For this Uttarakhand RTE Forum will be strengthened and involved deeply on the state advocacy with regional wings of it. School management committees (SMCs) having representation of parents are the key stakeholder for planning of school education, monitoring execution, reviewing and taking grievances further will be involved in the program in different step. Teachers’ forum are also a major stakeholder, will be involved in the advocacy processes. Advocacy through evidence generation and fact finding will be done in collaboration with media, SCPCR and elected representatives.
Results to be Achieved / Impact:
Project will have following impact:
•Favourable environment will be developed for RTE implementation in Uttarakhand.
•All Schools in the state will be RTE compliant.
•Accountable and transparent decentralized planning will be developed in education.