Seminar on Education of Muslim girls in Kurnool
- On 30-Jul-2011, at 6:21 PM, faiyaz basha wrote:Sir,Please send concept note / suggestion, Advise for prepare report from below Said Seminar
Women Self-Help Groups, Anganwadi Workers, Legal community, Media
- Representatives from teaching community & NGOs
Students, Intellectuals, Human rights activists, Child rights activists, Women rights activists, Educational volunteers, Researchers, etcto send the outcomes, call papers, ideas and any suggestion to prepare report to submit to HRD, Govt of India.Chand Minority Welfare Association proposes to organizing a National Seminar on Education for the Minority Girls in KURNOOL District of A.P.: Policy Interventions & Sustaining Access and Opportunities.
- State Government functionaries: Educational planners and administrators, Community and child development officials, Women & Child Development officials
- Representatives of Professional Organizations like Lawyers, Local chambers of commerce, Community based organizations
- Co-coordinators of SSA/DPEP and Co-coordinators of Total Literacy Campaign
Topics & Issues for the Seminar:
(a) The socio-economic issues at the level of
individual, household and society:• Status of Minority girls, gender bias;• Level of education and literacy, particularly of the Minority girls;• Level of economic independence of women
(b) Accessibility of the Minority girls to basic
educational and literacy related services
including formal and non-formal:• Physical accessibility, i.e. distance of the educational centre and time taken to reachthere;• Financial accessibility, i.e. the basic capacity of the people to pay for the education and related services;• Cultural accessibility, i.e. gender bias for the girl child, if any;
(c) Existing quality of educational and literacy related services and infrastructures, including availability of school building, teachers, books, etc.;(d) Access to non-formal education and literacy;
(e) Nature of free or subsidized educational services for the Minority girls ;
(f) Prevalence of gender bias within households, community and society at large in
the allocation of resources for literacy and education, if any;
These issues to be addressed on priority basis and policy interventions are needed to
Mainstream Minority particularly of female. Hence, we initiated to conduct this seminar inorder to achieve education for all as enshrined in National Policy on Education.The expected outcome would be:(a) Public policy interventions evolev:• Reducing the access/barrier to literacy and educational related services for the Minority, physically, financially and culturally;• Strengthening and improving basic literacy and educational services, particularly for the tribal girl child, including formal and non-formal;• Changing the orientation towards basic literacy and education for the Minority girls by improved outreach activities, formally as well as non-formally• Providing competency based training to teachers and others involved in imparting education and literacy• To increase the collaboration between public and private sector for management and delivery of services for education and literacy.The policy development, financing, regulation, monitoring and evaluation of tribal educational programmes and related issues.(b) Awareness campaign: • Promoting Muslim female education campaigns aimed at improving knowledge, skills and attitudes • Involving professional groupings like teaching communities, community groupings, religious and philanthropic bodies in the promotion of Minorities female education and literacy related issues. Media, both electronic and print media, play a vital role in the awareness campaign which needs to be chandelier in the areas having a bearing on the girl education.(c) Community partnership: • Encouraging and facilitating for the involvement of community and non-governmental voluntary organizations in developing institutional mechanisms for the Muslim Minority girls education and literacy. These organizations have some experience and operate at the field level and can be involved in an interactive mode of relationships with family and government and private educational initiatives within the national educational policy framework(d) Inputs for policy will be provided through recommendations of the Seminar which will be presented to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.Background and justificationMaximum Minorities of Kurnool District have built their settlement in the Slum areas. These Minorities too have got inclination towards religion and spiritual belief. Their social life is obedience to the leader who commands immense respect and holds sway over all aspects of Minorities life.The low literacy among the Muslim Minority could be attributed mainly to their lower enrolment and dropout as their illiterate and poverty stricken parents do not understand the importance of education and are not afford to send their children to schools.Education is a 'powerful determinant of an individual's life choices and opportunities'. It enhances human capacity and capability to exercise choices at the social, economic and political arenas. Literacy and education are significant indicators of development in a society. Literacy and education are generally associated with essential traits of today's civilization such as 'modernization, industrialization, communication and commerce'. Literacy is one of the essential indicators of development of a society. It provides an important data source for formulation and implementation of policies and programmes of Government and numerous voluntary organizations. Education enhances a person's knowledge about the immediate environment, understanding of various socio-economic and political issues, and capacity to comprehend and take decision concerning her/him in the society.However, the abysmal low level of educational attainment among the Minorty girls inKURNOOL district of A.P., coupled with familial and social neglect inhibits the human resource growth potential of the society thus slowing the overall developmental process. The KURNOOL district of A.P. is a classic case of opposites, of rich natural resources with high level of economic backwardness and human poverty, and of rich human resources potential with low level of capacity and capability building. The economic backwardness of the region is inbuilt with the lack of capacity utilization and capability development of the human resource development potential.There are several public policies and measures to arrest the situation, yet the region ranked lowest in terms of over all literacy and more particularly female literacy not only in India but also in Asia . There are several policy measures and initiatives by the government but the situation is still grim particularly in the tribal areas of the district. Something has gone wrong somewhere and the problems need to be tackled on urgent priority basis in order to stave off from the grim scenario and to develop a healthy and educated human resource base of the society. Focus should be concentrated, besides public policy interventions, on community partnership and raising the awareness level of the people, particularly among the tribal communities and the under privileged strata of the society.
Objective of the Seminar:The objective of the seminar would be two fold: (i) to identify the basic issues on low level of literacy in the KURNOOL district i.e. tribal female literacy; and (ii) to suggest remedial measures for increasing the educational and literacy potential of the human resources and more particularly of the tribal female section of the society.
( Faiyaz Basha)SecretaryChand Minority Welfare AssociationKurnool .