The process of education must empower children adequately to initially understand, then question inequality and injustice and finally seek equality and social justice in their adult life after school.
RMSA strives to tackle inequality with special reference facing gender biasness, economic disparity, social i.e. SCs/STs backwardness, cultural divide (including the issues of religious and linguistic diversity), physical and mental disability and rural-urban gap. Both supply and demand factors underlie these inequalities. Rural areas and the backward states have insufficient numbers of distantly located and poorly provisioned secondary schools. Improper functioning of schools causes students to drop out as in parental perceptions the ‘costs’ are not worth the benefits.
These dimensions require a careful and sensitive approach to address this socio, economic and cultural malaise. RMSA aims to address this through supporting and urges the States to undertake the following:
States are urged to plan and implement active measures such as
- Strengthening the performance of School Management and Development Committees
- Raising Community awareness of Girls' Education
- Ensuring inclusion in the District Plans
- Convergence of Schemes to Enhance Equity
- Curriculum Reform and Teacher Training
- Development of Equity and Quality Indicators
- Providing transport for Girls
- Self-defence training for students especially girls
- Shiksha Mahasabhas, traditional games meets, traditional art/craft/ dance competition for SC/STs
- Measures for Educational Backward Minorities
- Retention drives and community education measures to reduce drop-outs