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Achieving Quality Primary Education for the Poor Through State–NGO Partnerships

Ebony Bertorelli and Aneel Brar

in Lessons in Educational Equality

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755011
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918867 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755011.003.0008
Achieving Quality Primary Education for the Poor Through State–NGO Partnerships

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International efforts to increase equity, quality and access in primary education increasingly include calls to expand governance and educational resources by fostering partnerships between governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This chapter examines a partnership between India’s largest educational NGO, Pratham, and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. Pratham has created and implemented state-specific quality improvement programs in an effort to raise the learning achievements of marginalized students in government schools. Although the programs significantly raised achievement among children at the lowest levels of learning, the chapter argues that the most lasting success of these initiatives is in affecting education policy through advocacy, changing state behavior and raising the consciousness of people and governments regarding vital education issues.

Keywords: educational quality; educational equity; socioeconomic equity; NGO-state partnerships; marginalized students; non-governmental organizations; learning achievement

Chapter.  15912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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