Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
सर्व शिक्षा अभियान
MottoEducation for all
FounderAtal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India
MinistryMinistry of Education
Launched2001; 21 years ago (2001)
Budget₹ 7622 (For year 2021-2022)[citation needed]
StatusMerged with the National Education Mission in 2018

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Hindi: सर्व शिक्षा अभियान, lit.'Education for all campaign'), or SSA, is an Indian Government programme aimed at the universalisation of Elementary education "in a time bound manner", the 86th Amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 (estimated to be 206 million children in 2001) a fundamental right (Article- 21A). The programme was pioneered by former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It aims to educate all children between the ages 6 to 14 by 2010. However, the time limit has been pushed forward indefinitely.


As an intervention programme, it started in 2002 and 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 an 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 (15%). The Central share was funded by a number of external agencies, including the World Bank, Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF.[4] By 2001, more than $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 enrolment 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]


Its initial outlay was 7,000 crore and in 2011-12, the Government of India allocated 21,000 crore (US$2.8 billion) for this project, 40 percent increase of the previous year.[6] Many persons and trust have also contributed and as the program became more popular fund also grew.


Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is a programme for Universal Elementary Education. This programme is also an attempt to provide an opportunity for improving human capabilities to all children through provision of community -owned quality education in a mission mode. It is a response to the demand for quality basic education all over the country.[7] "School Chalen Hum" Poem was written by Mehboob to promote the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) program.[8]

Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat[edit]

Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat is a nationwide sub-programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.[9][10] 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, 762 crore (US$100 million) 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.[11][better source needed] SSA has been operational since 2000-2001 to provide for a variety of interventions for universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in elementary education and improving the quality of learning. SSA interventions include inter alia, opening of new schools and alternate schooling facilities, construction of schools and additional classrooms, toilets and drinking water, provisioning for teachers, regular teacher in service training and academic resource support, free textbooks& uniforms and support for improving learning achievement levels / outcome. With the passage of the RTE Act, changes have been incorporated into the SSA approach, strategies and norms. The changes encompass the vision and approach to elementary education, guided by the following principles: Holistic view of education, as interpreted in the National Curriculum Framework 2005, with implications for a systemic revamp of the entire content and process of education with significant implications for curriculum, teacher education, educational planning and management. Equity, to mean not only equal opportunity, but also creation of conditions in which the disadvantaged sections of the society – children of SC, ST, Muslim minority, landless agricultural workers and children with special needs, etc. – can avail of the opportunity. Access, not to be confined to ensuring that a school becomes accessible to all children within specified distance but implies an understanding of the educational needs and predicament of the traditionally excluded categories – the SC, ST and others sections of the most disadvantaged groups, the Muslim minority, girls in general, and children with special needs. Gender concern, implying not only an effort to enable girls to keep pace with boys but to view education in the perspective spelt out in the National Policy on Education 1986 /92; i.e. a decisive intervention to bring about a basic change in the status of women. Centrality of teacher, to motivate them to innovate and create a culture in the classroom, and beyond the classroom, that might produce an inclusive environment for children, especially for girls from oppressed and marginalised backgrounds. Moral compulsion is imposed through the RTE Act on parents, teachers, educational administrators and other stakeholders, rather than shifting emphasis on punitive processes. Convergent and integrated system of educational management is pre-requisite for implementation of the RTE law. All states must move in that direction as speedily as feasible[citation needed]

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.[12]


In 2018, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan along with Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan was launched to form Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.[13]


  1. ^ "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan". Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Government of india 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 Jalan, Jyotsna; 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. ^ Rasheeda Bhagat A poor country, rich in corruption
  7. ^ "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)". yourarticlelibrary.
  8. ^ "School Chale Hum song". funpur. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  10. ^ Pandey, Navadha (26 August 2014). "Smriti Irani launches Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat programme". Business Line. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  11. ^ "New Government Schemes 2014-As a follow up to the foundational programme, in 2015-16 a programme called the National Reading Initiative was launched to develop and promote the habit of reading among students in elementary schools, thereby extending the programme up to class 8. States were provided token funds to plan and implement innovative activities to promote reading. States have designed specific interventions targeting children in classes 1 and 2 to improve learning outcomes. There are a variety of focussed programmes being currently implemented across the country.15". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan". Ministry of Human Resource Development. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Ministry of HRD launches 'SamagraSiksha' scheme for holistic development of school education". Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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