Main Barriers to Education
- Gender discrimination
- Overcrowded schools
- Lack of trained teachers
Interventions to Barriers
- Community mobilisation
- Teacher training and support
- School rehabilitation and construction
Since the adoption of the constitution in 1950, the goals of universal education have been a chief priority of India’s government and embodied in development planning. To demonstrate the country’s commitment to the EFA Framework for Action, India has attempted to link its national education agenda with those of EFA global targets. Concretely, the country produced a ‘National Plan of Action for Education for All’ in 2002, contextualizing EFA in India and elaborating policy strategies to that end.
Though progress has been made regarding the universalisation of elementary education, India’s education system still faces significant challenges. Specifically, the education sector is burdened by high dropout rates, low-level learning outcomes and outstanding gender disparities in literacy.
In an attempt to address the remaining gaps in India’s education sector, EAC has partnered with the Bharti Foundation, Educate Girls and Gyan Shala on multiple initiatives. Specific project strategies to increase access to quality-primary education include: supporting enrolment drives and community campaigns to raise awareness on the importance of education; enhancing teaching quality through training and support; augmenting the capacity of school management committees; building girl students’ motivation and self-esteem; and creating and relaunching single classroom elementary schools.
Geographic Location: South Asia
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi and Sanskrit
An estimated 1.6 million children in India remain out of school despite significant increases in access to primary schools through the government’s Education for All Movement. EAC and its partner Gyan Shala are working to decrease the number of OOSC in Bihar State, India by 226,664 through the implementation of the Bihar-SCERT Program for OOSC.
The second EAC and Educate Girls (EG) project aims to support 126,000 out of school children (OOSC) in four states (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar) with a particular focus on remote, rural tribal areas. In these areas EG will reach the most marginalized children in India who are systematically denied the advantages of autonomy, mobility, and economic opportunity.
With EAC support, the Gyan Shala Urban Slums Classrooms project is working to reach a substantial number of children in India’s urban slums who remain out of school despite significant increases in access to primary schools through the government’s Education for All Movement.
In India, EAC is supporting the Bharti Foundation over four years to reach 48,200 out of school children in India through its flagship program, the Satya Bharti Schools Program.
Over the course of a three-year period, the Step-Up Centres for Out of School Children (SUC) project aims to enrol and mainstream 42,000 OOSC into formal government schools, primarily in the districts of Gurgaon and Mewat in the State of Haryana and other areas in the National Capital Region of Delhi. The principal areas of operations will be in urban slums and rural locales. Prior to being mainstreamed, students will attend the SUCs in preparation for successful transition to and full participation in the formal education system. Once mainstreamed, students will receive support so as to encourage retention.