ABOUT SSA

SSA - Education Mission

Providing Quality Basic Education

        Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is an effort to universalise elementary education by community-ownership of the school system. It is a response to the demand for quality basic education all over the country. The SSA programme is also an attempt to provide an opportunity for improving human capabilities to all children, through provision of community- owned quality education in a mission mode.
        The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is to provide useful and relevant elementary education for all children in the age group 6 to 14 by 2010. Another goal is to bridge social, regional and gender category gaps with the active participation of the community. Useful and relevant education signifies a quest for an education system that is
not alienating but that draws on community solidarity. The aim is to allow children to learn about and master their natural environment in a manner that facilities the harnessing of their human potential fully. This quest is a process of value based learning that allows children an opportunity to work for each other’s well being rather than to pursue their mere selfish pursuits. This would imply that the children must grow with a social commitment in life.

Major Goals of SSA:

  • All children are enrolled in schools, Education Guarantee Centres, Alternative Schools, ‘Back-to-School’ camp by 2005.
  • Bridging all gender and social category gaps in primary stage by 2007 and at elementary education level by 2010.
  • Focus on elementary education of satisfactory quality with emphasis on education for life.
  • Universal retention by 2010.

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