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Progress review on Education for All movement in India

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The Human Resources Development ministry has reviewed the progress of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) in India and has approved steps to fill up infrastructure gaps so as to provide education to children with special needs (CWSN).

The National Mission for SSA focuses on improving the learning level of children thereby increasing the literacy rate in the country. On the occasion of the second Meeting of the Executive Committee, the HRD minister released a publication by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) on District Information System for Education (DISE) data for the year 2005. This is an analytical report based on the Education Practices for children at their home. The Analytical Report 2004-05 presents a variety of state-specific indicators of 29 States and UTs. Another document- “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan: Discovering New Paths in Inclusion” was also released which was a record on the initiatives being undertaken by states to impart home-based education to Children With Special Needs (CWSN) in SSA. States have adopted different methods to provide home based education to CWSN. Some states are taking the help of NGOs to run the programme while others have appointed resource teachers who visit the homes of CWSN to provide them basic functional skills and elementary education. The SSA campaign is gaining tremendous success in providing elementary education to the rural poor children.

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