Behtar Shiksha Haq Abhiyan in Uttar Pradesh
Education is one of the priority areas for PACS. It strives to ensure inclusive, equitable and discrimination free access to quality education to all children, especially children from socially excluded groups. As part of its work on education in Uttar Pradesh, PACS initiated a campaign, the ‘Behtar Shiksha Haq Abhiyan’ (BSHA) in 17 districts in the state in 2013. The campaign aimed to: ensure representation of socially excluded groups in School Management Committees (SMCs); build capacities of the SMCs; ensure that schools are more inclusive and meet the standards as outlined under the RTE Act, and strengthen institutional linkages between SMCs and mid-level government functionaries.
The BSHA campaign is now being implemented in partnership with 14 CSO partners in 12 districts, viz.: Azamgarh, Bahraich, Gorakhpur, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Kushinagar Lucknow, Maharajganj, Pratapgarh, Shamli, Siddharthnagar, Varanasi.
The Run -‘Daudega UP Behatar Siksha Ke Liye’
A state wide run, ‘Daudega UP Behatar Siksha Ke Liye’ was organised under the ‘Behatar Siksha Haq Abhiyan’. The two kilometer run ,was implemented in 10 districts (Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Kushinagar Lucknow, Maharajganj, Pratapgarh, Siddharthnagar, Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh simultaneously on 11th December, 2016.
The objectives of the run were to:
Participants gather for the run outside a government school in Varanasi
Enthusiastic participation from all walks of life
The run was inaugurated in Lucknow by Juhi Singh, Chairperson, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Approximately 2500 participants from all walks of life- students, parents, teachers, school principals, government officials, media persons, representatives from the corporates, and more participated in the run organized in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The district administration provided full support in management of logistics and execution of the event as planned. In all districts ,local hospitals provided medical personnel as standby for any medical emergencies.
Mrs. Juhi Singh Chairperson SCPCR flagging off the run at Lucknow
A police department official flagging off the run at Kushi Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
The event was sponsored by several small commercial outlets at the district level, Rock Ashram Music Academy and Naytri Studio of Performing Arts. Additionally, Rock Ashram Music Academy performed live during the event in Lucknow. Prominent national dailies such as Hindustan times, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala and Rastriya Sahara covered the event in detail. Popular private radio channel Red FM, and community radio stations such as BBD Community provided support in mobilising participants for the run through their massive pre run publicity. The radio channels too broadcast in-depth coverage of the event.
Media coverage in Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh
PACS and its partner CSOs plan to capitalise the momentum generated by the run, and take forward their campaign on ensuring inclusive education for all in the state.