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