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A school for everyone

By Anuradha Kumar

A new take on private schools in developing countries, which sees them not as money-making machines exploiting the poor, but as a much needed asset that can help fulfil the goal of a decent education for all


Elementary education: Kerala tops, Bihar lags, Muslim enrolment poor

One of the significant findings of a new report commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development is that Muslim enrolment both at the primary and upper primary levels of education, recorded for the first time ever, is poor. This is so even in states that have performed well in school education


Bihar fails India's elementary education test, but its kids are bright

According to the latest 'Annual Status of Education Report', while elementary school enrolment levels in India's villages are high across the country, there is a lot of scope for improvement in school facilities. Most urgent is that attention needs to be paid to the learning component at government schools


Meeting the MDG of gender parity in basic education

The United Nations acknowledges that without success in achieving education goals there is little prospect of achieving the other perhaps most important Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. A Global Campaign for Education report has some answers


65 million girl-children worldwide are out of school: Unicef report

Investing in girls' education will help ensure the right of all children to a quality education, and the attainment of development goals. 'The State of the World's Children 2004: Girls, Education and Development' commends India for its Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education For All) campaign


Girl, Illiterate

By Nitin Jugran Bahuguna

Unesco's Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2003 states that gender parity in education remains a distant prospect in 54 countries, including Pakistan and India. India scores a low 0.83 in the Gender Parity Index at the primary level


Mid-day meals responsible for leap in female enrolments in primary schools

A new study by the Centre for Equity Studies in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka underlines the positive impact of the mid-day meal scheme


Cooked midday meals in only 12% of Maharashtra's surveyed villages

Even where cooked meals are provided, they do not meet the nutritional requirements stipulated by the Supreme Court, according to a survey of food security schemes in Maharashtra conducted by the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan Maharashtra


Food and education: Background considerations for policy and programming

Food helps children concentrate and improves their attendance and overall performance in schools. This report looks at the use of Food and Education (FAE) initiatives -- designed to take place before, during and/or after the period of food assistance -- that offer direct benefits towards bringing about both short and long-term changes in school students.