|Details of Education programme (s)
1.5 million of the 2.2 million seats available nationally under RTE Section 12(1)(c) go vacant every year. Indus Action aims to address the awareness and capacity gaps in the implementation of this provision through a mix of technology interventions, community outreach and process support throughout and after the admissions process.
Indus Action currently runs operations in 11 states. Over the last 3 years, we have reached out to over 3.5 lakh beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries through our awareness campaigns. Our Partner Entrepreneur Network aims to mobilise local entrepreneurs to build on Indus Action's experiences of running campaigns for 5 years to enhance RTE outcomes.
Indus Action also provides end to end EDMIS solutions for admissions under the provision to states across India in varying capacities. The MIS solutions have enabled an increase in beneficiary reach by a factor of 10, an increase in school choice by a factor of 7, increased administrative ease of implementation by reducing work hours by as much as 80% at 0.001% of the annual government expenditure on the policy.
Additionally, Indus Action, through its two years of efforts in bridging the gap in parental capacities with respect to supporting the psychosocial development of their children, has designed a parent engagement program that helps disadvantaged families get cognitively and socially ready for school. The efforts included conducting a 5-week summer camp with budget private schools in 2016-17 for mothers and children in three low-income communities which yielded 35% average growth in numeracy and literacy levels of 4-6 year old children.
A core aspect of our mission is to provide evidence based policy feedback to the government so as to ensure impact scaling. In 2018, we have worked with the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights to conduct a study on socio-economic access barriers to the provision, retention rates of admitted children and grievances of various stakeholders. Our role occasionally extends to advocacy on relevant policy issues, most recently with pleas to states to implement the Delhi High Court 2016 judgement on providing horizontal reservation to Children with Special Needs (CWSN) under Section 12 (1)(c).