Around one lakh stakeholders from the school ecosystem consisting of concerned educators, school management, teachers, principals and parents from across India gathered at Ramlila Maidan in Central Delhi on April 7 to collectively deliberate on the challenges of school education and demand for reforms. The large gathering in Ramlila Maidan was preceded by meetings and media briefings in 36-plus cities across 24-plus states to sensitise and engage participants for over a month. The largest congregation of budget private schools in India, National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), along with 36 state associations and parent forums across 24 states, carried out an unprecedented feat by organising the largest rally for reform in education in India.
The campaign received overwhelming support from people on the ground and through the online advocacy efforts. After the rally, a charter of demands was submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. The top three demands include: each parent to be empowered with Rs 2,500 per child per month to meet the schooling expenses of their children, the safety and security of all students, teachers, management and school premise to be ensured, along with amendments to RTE Act 2009 for learning outcome based school recognition system instead of mere infrastructure based norms which have led to thousands of schools to close down.
The campaign is a concerted effort to show solidarity for the pursuits of the parents who aim to provide quality education to their children. It saw enthusiastic participation from around one lakh people who seek improvement in the quality of education imparted and look forward to a swift response from the government. The campaign was a part of the Shiksha Bachao Abhiyan (Save Education campaign) launched by NISA and National Coalition for School Education (NCSE).