शिक्षागिरी एक अनूठी पहल है जो बच्चों को शिक्षा पर नीतियों के प्राथमिक हितधारकों को एक मंच पर लाने, चर्चा करने और नीति-निर्माण को प्रभावित करने में योगदान करने के लिए है। इसकी शुरुआत 2016 में हुई जब प्रैक्सिस www.praxisindia.org ने विविध पृष्ठभूमि के 16 बच्चों के ग्राउंड-लेवल पैनल की मेजबानी की, जिन्होंने अपने अनुभवों के आधार से ड्राफ्ट नेशनल एजुकेशन पॉलिसी के इनपुटों को देखा और बच्चों के साथ चर्चा करके एक चार्टर के साथ आए। जिसका उदेश्य शिक्षा नीति को समृद्ध बनाना था।
What is Shikshagiri?
Shikshagiri is an initiative that brings children, the primary stakeholders of policies on education, to discuss and contribute to influence policy-making. It started in 2016 when Praxis () hosted a Ground-Level Panel of 16 children from diverse backgrounds to look at the inputs for the Draft National Education Policy from the lens of their lived experiences and came up with a children’s charter to enrich the education policy.
The National Education Policy, first framed in 1986 and subsequently modified in 1992, is due for revision in 2016. The Government of India’s stated aim in bringing a new Education Policy was to meet the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regards to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry. A ground-level with 16 children (Please see video above) was one of the first initiatives of Shikshagiri. The children belong to different caste and religious backgrounds – such as religious and caste minorities, Dalits, children with disability, children from varied educational experiences – such as students of government schools as well as private schools.
Since then, Shikshagiri has facilitated more such Ground-Level Panels, studies on making educational institutions a safe place, and most recently, a series on the how education in India could aspire for gender and social equity.
Read the Shikshagiri: Where Knowledge Is Free report here.