“Leave no one behind” campaign for Inclusion in Education
In the Education sub-group discussions on training manual preparation, one of the identified areas is capacity building and campaign on Section 12 1 C of the RTE Act. This provides 25% admissions to children from Disadvantaged (DA) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the unaided non-minority private schools. It is estimated that currently there are 21 lakh seats nationally. However, only negligible numbers get filled under this category. The parents and children from DA and EWS categories need support and handholding and confidence building to even apply for this provision. While RTE forums have held discussions on this including the Lucknow consultations in December 2016, there has been no clear strategy or leadership evolved so far. CLOs from Dalit, Muslim and Tribal communities have raised this time and again.
This provides an optimum opportunity to promote social inclusion in private education in our project. Most CLOs have shown their interest in education as a core area in many discussions – CLO profiling, need assessment and in the residential workshop. As the private school admission starts in December and goes on till May-June, the process has to begin now.
From my experience on working on this agenda for the past four years
- Developing a CLO kit on Section 12 1 C specifically under the Education thematic area
- Identifying mentors to support the CLOs in the process
- 4 Regional workshops immediately covering all (interested) CLOs
- CLO activity to support DA/EWS parents to better access the provisions
- Evidence-based report by May-June for further advocacy.