Social innovations in school education: A study of third sector organisations
In the recent past, it has realised specifically in the third sector that employing social innovation as an essential condition in order to achieve long lasting social transformation and development. Education as one among many sectors that have opened it up for such transmission where employing social innovation emerges as key to reach out to the most neglected and excluded sections from either policy or market interventions. Despite state’s intervention, it found that still millions of children are out of school due to lapses in policy implementation and neoliberal intrusions through marketization of school education. As a result, universalisation of elementary education became as an elusive goal to poor and marginalised sections in developing countries like India where state obtained constant pressure by the corporate sector to withdraw from education sector that also led convince in providing quality education. At this juncture, the role of third sector organizations viewed as quite remarkable in providing education to poor and marginalised sections children in the far-flung areas. Since social innovations by third sector organisations have limited recognition at both policy approach and research, it needed broader understanding of their significance as change makers in achieving universal school education. Further, the notion of social innovation in key sectors such as education has given less importance at both research and policy framework. With this background, the present paper tried to understand the essence and probability of social innovative practices by third sector organisations such as government school adoption programme by Isha Vidya in achieving universalisation of elementary education in India. It also exasperated to what extent state needed third sector organisations assistance and the state policy implications to reach goal of universal access of school education.
Prakash Chittoor. Social innovations in school education: A study of third sector organisations. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 12, 2015, Pages 217-223