Education is one of the key instruments for social change and empowerment of marginalized communities. In recent years, with the advent of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, there has been progress in the delivery of education and in the rates of enrolment. Yet, key concerns persist.
Latest statistics (2016) show that the Net Enrolment Ratio in elementary education (6-13 years) was 88.31 per cent for the year 2013-14, while Gross Enrolment Ratio was 97%.
About 94.9 per cent schools in 2015-16 had drinking water compared to 83 per cent in 2005-06. Also, our schools have been able to attract a significantly higher number of differently-abled children -2.49 million enrolled in 2015-16.
A major loophole in the RTE Act is the failure to address the issue of out-of-school children – some of whom do enrol but do not attend school. According to estimates from UNICEF (2016), 10.8 million children in India remain out of school.
These children belong to the most marginalized sections such as Dalits, Adivasis, urban poor and girls. The absence of a homogenous definition for out-of-school children and lack of an effective mapping and tracking system translate in diverging data. According to government estimates, in 2014, 60 lakh children were out-of-school.
OTLO ROTLO is working towards increasing people’s access to quality, universal and inclusive elementary education in the mainstream public education system. In particular, we reach out to the most marginalised groups like Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and girls.
Our focus has been on ensuring the proper implementation of the RTE Act. This has combined working with communities for monitoring the delivery of quality education on the ground, engagement with teachers, elected peoples’ representatives and bringing together existing education networks for a synergy of forces.
nsure Quality Public Health Care Services
In India, costly health care pushes millions below poverty line every year, and denies care to many who are already poor.
OTLO ROTLO wants been part of a nationwide process working towards improvements in the delivery of public health services. This is being achieved by improving space for the communities’ role in monitoring government initiatives like the National Health Mission (NHM) and making government health services accountable.
OTLO ROTLO plans to works with other civil society organizations and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), the Indian chapter of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), at state and national level.
We endeavour to bring about larger policy reforms and better programme implementation through a call for greater accountability of the state and greater investments through regular budget tracking.
Through our work in the states across the country, we demand inclusion of the most marginalised in the delivery of quality health care services.
The burden of morbidity and mortality disproportionally falls on the poor and the marginalized. We believe that significant reduction of this burden is possible just by streamlining the governance system in health sector.
This in turn requires a focused health policy, backed by adequate financial provisions.
Private Sector Engagement
India’s growth engine is fuele
by aspirations of its over 1.45 billion people. Government of India’s policy initiative for inclusive development popularized by the slogan ‘together with all, development for all’ sets the right context for a nation with extreme inequalities.
The private sector is being looked at as the primary driver of the India growth story. Therefore its role to support the call for equitable and inclusive growth is becoming increasingly critical. A more responsible Indian private sector is not just important for India alone but also globally.
Indian private sector has been rapidly expanding overseas and its role in global development will soon be more evident. On the other hand with increased foreign investment in India the small and medium enterprises will need to be compliant with international standards to compete.
OTLO ROTLO has planned to engaging with private sector across the globe to bring about more accountability and responsibility for more than a decade.
OTLO ROTLO aims to advance the growth and development of India in an inclusive, sustainable and equitable manner by engaging with the private sector to design and adopt appropriate pro-poor business solutions..