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NGOs to boost Abhiyan

Ranchi, June 18: The Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) will involve more NGOs in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to capitalise on their experiences.

This was decided at a workshop organised by the JEPC in association with Participatory Research In Asia (PRIA), the state nodal agency. Through the day, discussions on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which was launched in 2001 by the Government of India, was discussed extensively. Studies undertaken by the state nodal agency, PRIA revealed that there are major lapses on the implementation of the plan. Every year, plans are made at the district-level and the schools are asked to implement them uniformly, without caring for the area- specific needs of each school.

Around 15 NGOs, including CINI, the nodal agency of Ranchi, Jan Seva Parishad from Hazaribagh, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Parishad (BGVS) of Dhanbad, Samekit Jan Vikas of East Singhbhum attended the workshop.

Rajiv Arun Ekka, the state project director of JEPC, said: “Children should love going to school so much that they feel bored on holidays. We need to find ways to motivate them. Activities like sports days, parent-teacher meetings also need to be increased.”

Dr Suranjan, the unit in-charge of CINI, said: “Instead of SSA officials giving ideas and forming plans we need to encourage people to come forward with innovative ideas for their own regions. We not only need to focus on the quantitative aspect but also on the qualitative aspect of the plan.”

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