What will the money be used for?
We conduct 10 formal interactions with each parent we work within a year Each of these interaction costs INR 250 per parent. The testimonial below exemplifies what do these sessions lead to.
Samarthya was co-founded in May 2016 to ensure every child gets a free and quality education as promised under the Right To Education Act (RTE Act).
As per UDISE, only 13% schools comply with the basic yet mandatory norms and standards laid down in the Right To Education Act. We see a large scope and need for our work. You can read more about why Samarthya was started in this
Logical Indian article.
We believe that shared ownership and inclusive governance of public institutions leads to better representation and better outcomes. Citizens need to be provided with the information and tools they need to ensure that their interests are represented by responsible, accountable leaders.
If SMC members in particular and the local community, in general, are provided with the information and tools to represent their interests and to hold their leaders to their word, they can truly transform a broken social contract that fails the majority of our children in schools across the country. Kids in under-resourced public schools expect more from us as citizens than just exercising our right to vote.
We are among the few organizations in India that are doing intensive work with School Management Committees (SMCs). These SMCs mandatorily consist of 75% parents and the main role of the SMC is to monitor the implementation of the Right To Education Act. Last year we worked with 14 SMCs in Delhi. Apart from Delhi we are also working in Sonipat. We are/ have been incubated by Teach For India, UnLtd India, and Edumentum.
In the short term, we want to active platforms for local dialogue and collective action.
In the long term, we want to create a culture of shared owner ownership around government schools.