We recognize that primary education is fundamentally
the responsibility of the government and that the greatest improvement
is likely to come when the government’s efficiency and effectiveness
improves. We therefore strive to make the government system more
effective by working at multiple levels with it. The underlying
philosophy is to supplement the government and not supplant it.
The Government of Karnataka and the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike
are closely involved with most of our programs.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)
SSA is a Government of India initiative to universalize access to
primary education in India through the community-ownership system.
This is our goal also and we believe in working with the government
towards this common goal. The SSA has a provision for funding interventions
like the Early Childhood Care and Education program (ECCE). There
are also provisions for out-of-school children (bridge courses)
and remedial coaching classes. We hope to work with the government
on these programs to establish more balwadis, remedial education
centers and bridge centres, thus contributing towards the achievement
of universal elementary education.
Transit Schools and Bridge Courses
The Government promotes Transit Schools for urban ‘deprived’
children i.e. street children, children living in slums, those working
in tea shops, industry, households etc. We are working with the
government in this regard and hold Transit Schools with flexible
schedules for these children. Similarly, Bridge Courses are held
to enable out-of-school children to be mainstreamed into school
at levels appropriate to their ages. The training for our volunteers
under this program is provided by the State Education Department,
sanctioned by the Commissioner for Public Instruction and supervised
by the District
Institute for Education and Training (DIET), Bangalore Urban,
thereby ensuring the close involvement of the government.
See also: Transit schools, Bridge courses
Public Record of Operations and Finance (PROOF) is a campaign to
promote transparency in government accounting procedures. Through
PROOF in Education, we are working with the Bangalore Mahanagara
Palike (BMP) to make government schools those of choice rather than
last resort. We have signed a MoU with 7 BMP schools and are evaluating
their performance according to certain developed indicators. The
BMP is supportive of the campaign and has promised to co-operate
in its execution, through providing funds for building better toilets,
See also: PROOF
Year of Academic Achievement: 2003-04
Following the success of Akshara’s Remedial Education and
Accelerated Reading programs, the ex-Commissioner for Public Instruction
(CPI), Bangalore, Mr. V.P. Baligar, designated the year 2003-04
the Year of Academic Achievement to endorse the Education Department’s
support for the cause of universal primary education in India.