Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India has released the “Draft

National Education Policy 2019” and has invited for comments & suggestions from all stakeholders across the country. On this backdrop, NACG-EVAC (National Action and Coordination Group for Ending Violence Against Children), India organized a national consultation on “Draft National Education Policy 2019” on 28th June, 2019 at Panthanivas Convention Hall, Bhubaneswar. Many civil society representatives, academics, educationists, teacher’s association representatives and experts from different parts of India participated in this consultation and gave their valuable recommendations and suggestions which shall be submitted to the Ministry. Participants stressed on quality, inclusive and safe education for every child. The consultation ended with suggestions to the Government of India for focusing on the overall well being of the child and upholding all rights due to them. The consultation organized by the NACG EVAC, India in association with PECUC was inaugurated by Professor Mohammad Fakiruddin, Former Vice Chairman, Council of Higher Secondary Education Odisha. Sj Niranjan Sahoo, IAS Labour Commissioner and Director of Higher Education, Govt of Odisha also gave his valuable inputs on the opening session stating that education is instrumental in shaping a child’s mind and imbibing in him a learning characteristic.

 

The inaugural session was chaired by Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson NACG India & D. Roshan Kumar, Vice Chairperson offered the vote of thanks. Dr Amiya Kumar Mohanty, Former Additional Director, Higher Education, Odisha & National Convenor of Joint Forum for movement on Education, Ambarish Rai, National Convenor, Right to Education Forum, Delhi P. Joseph Victor Raj, National Convenor, Campaign Against Child Labour Razia Ismail , Head, India Alliance for Child Rights, Y. Rajendra Prasad, Coordinator, MV Foundation, Hydrabad gave their opinion on the Draft National Education Policy 2019 were some of the dignitaries who spoke on various aspects of Draft New Education Policy. This session was presided by Mr C.J.George, Former Regional Coordinator, South Asia Terre Des Hommes [G].

The various nuances of the policy were discussed in the plenary. In the second plenary on addressing Safety and Security of Children in Schools within New Education Policy, the discussants highlighted the need for measures which ensures overall security and safety of children in school, family & community. Ms Kasturi Mohapatra, Former Chairperson, OSCPCR, Sj Sanjay Misra, Former Member, Jharkhand SCPCR, Dr. P.C. Mohapatra, Former Director, SCERT, Ms Ruby Rout, Country Director, Adoptions Centrum and Sj Suryakant Kulkarni, Former Member Maharashtra SCPCR made their presentations. This session was presided by Mr. Mikhael Pradhan, National Head- Advocacy, World Vision, India.

 

Parallel sessions were conducted on School Education facilitated by Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, NEYSPM, Assam, Higher Education by Prof. Mohammad Fakiruddin and Manabendra Nath Mandal, SLARTC, West Bengal, Technology in Education, Vocational Education by Bibekananda Das,General Secretary, AIFEA and Anil Pradhan, RTE Forum Odisha and Transforming Education by C.J. George, Former Regional Coordinator South Asia ,TDH[G] and Ruby Rout ,Country Director Adoptions Centrums came out with recommendations for onward forwarding to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Ms Aditi P. Kaur, MCF, Uttarakhand and Parul Seth, Shaishav, Gujarat also spoke on the occasion.

 

Ms Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights graced the concluding session of the consultation as the Chief Guest. NACG-EVAC, India, in collaboration with Odisha Alliance for Child Rights [OACR], PECUC, Terre des Hommes [G], Adoptions Centrum, AEIN organised the National consultation.