CSD (RTE Forum)

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

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.

Impact by partner

Last year, the RTE Forum created a network of organizations working in field of education from 15 states namely Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and West Bengal. Moreover, it established informal linkages in three states- Assam, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. 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. The efforts resulted in issuance of multiple MHRD notifications, including those which defined and clarified the usage of certain terms like- out-of-school children, local authority in states, etc. Conversations held between the Forum and MHRD has also led to the sensitization of teacher community, encouraging them to maintain teaching hours intact as per the norms of RTE Act with the purpose of improving the quality of education in government schools. The forum has worked with NCPCR- the monitoring agency for the tracking of implementation of the RTE Act nationally. It has conducted two-three meetings which concluded in a big convention where the RTE Forum made a presentation on the status as well as gave suggestions to fill up the existing gaps in RTE implementation.

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.