Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Equitable and Accessible Education in India (70847)

Session Information: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Session Chair: Ana Marie Matalines

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Bridging the rural-urban divide in a diverse country like India requires a multi-dimensional approach. Equitable and accessible education is one such key component to achieve this. This paper attempts to develop an understanding of the rural-urban divide primarily through the lens of the social development sector, focusing on primary and high school education in India. It explores the strategies, challenges and the road ahead for ensuring accessible school education referring to the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) implemented by the Indian Government and Article 21-A of the Indian Constitution which guarantees universal, free and compulsory education for children within the age group of 6-14. Despite this effort, the rural-urban divide in India is on a rise, having a severe effect on the overall development and growth of the country. Adding on, a survey conducted by the National Statistical Office (2017-2018) shows that there is a huge gap in the expenditure between urban and rural schools in India. Although development policies have been put into place to ensure an increment in student enrollment rates in rural India, much remains to be done in terms of overall infrastructure, quality of education, better accessibility to technology and the importance of community building. Based mostly on primary data, this paper dissects into multiple factors that are responsible for the divide and gives probable solutions to help bridge the gap. Some of the ideas explored are: gender sensitization, role of community building, public private partnerships (PPPs) and international partnerships in an increasingly globalized world.

Jagritee Senapati, Inventure Academy, India

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Jagritee Senapati is a School Teacher/Instructor at Inventure Academy in India

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