Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (English: The Education for All Movement) (SSA), is an Indian Government programme aimed at the universalisation of elementary education "in a time bound manner", as mandated by the 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory education to children of ages 6–14 (estimated to be 205 million in number in 2001) a fundamental right. The programme was pioneered by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


As an intervention programme, SSA has been operational since 2000-2001.[1] However, its roots go back to 1993-1994, when the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) was launched, with the aim of achieving the objective of universal primary education.[2] DPEP, over several phases, covered 272 districts in 18 states of the country.[3] The expenditure on the programme was shared by the Central Government (85%) and the State Governments. The Central share was funded by a number of external agencies, including the World Bank, DFID and UNICEF.[4] By 2001, more than US$1500 million had been committed to the programme, and 50 million children covered in its ambit. In an impact assessment of Phase I of DPEP, the authors concluded that its net impact on minority children was impressive, while there was little evidence of any impact on the enrollment of girls. Nevertheless, they concluded that the investment in DPEP was not a waste, because it introduced a new approach to primary school interventions in India.[4]

The Right to Education Act (RTE) came into force on 1 April 2010. Some educationists and policy makers believe that, with the passing of this act, SSA has acquired the necessary legal force for its implementation.[5]

Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat[edit]

Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat is a nationwide sub-programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.[6][7] Children who fail to read in early education lag behind in other subjects.The programme is designed to improve comprehensive early reading, writing and early mathematics programme for children in Classes I and II. Under this programme,Rs. 762 crore was approved to States.. The programme will not only provide print rich environment, timely distribution of books but will also include new teacher mentoring and appraisal system. [8][better source needed]

Present goals[edit]

Its goals of 2015 are to:

  • Open new schools in areas which do not have them and to expand existing school infrastructures and maintenance.
  • Address inadequate teacher numbers, and provide training a development for existing teachers
  • Provide quality elementary education including life skills with a special focus on the education of girls and children with special needs as well as computer education.[9]


  1. ^ "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan". Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Government of India. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "District Primary Education Programme, DPEP". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "District Primary Education Programmes (DPEP)". Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Glinskaya, Elena. "Improving Primary School Education in India: An Impact Assessment of DPEP I" (PDF). World Bank. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Will RTE fulfil the SSA dream?". The Times of India. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Pandey, Navadha (August 26, 2014). "Smriti Irani launches Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat programme". Business Line. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Government Schemes 2014-15". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan". Ministry of Human Resource Development. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 

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