National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) launched Save Education Campaign in collaboration with Intelligent Minds Trust virtually through Zoom. Over 500 registered participants attended the campaign that focuses on 1.5 crore teachers employed in private schools and budget school sectors. ‘Shiksha Bachao Abhiyan’ is pivoted around three basic demands
- Fund the Students
- Save Teachers
- Save Schools
“If teacher becomes beggars, you can well imagine the state of such a nation,” reminded Dr Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA who inaugurated the campaign. The keynote was addressed by Gurcharan Das, author and columnist. He put forward the idea of vouchers/scholarships for alleviating the sufferings and adversities of the entire education sector. He expressed that fund allocation should be best distributed among students instead of schools.
NISA highlighted the looming crises that will accelerate manifold once the budget schools shut down. It will affect millions of children and lack of schools will take away opportunity of empowerment through education from them,” explained Sharma.
In the panel discussion, Major General Dilawar Singh had pointed out major concerns plaguing the education sector such as poor attendance in rural schools, inaccessibility to school and education hubs, poor deployment of teachers, lack of internet connectivity and high dropout rates.
Sharma also emphasized the right to equality in education— one of the motives behind the launch of Shiksha Bachao Abhiyan.