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  The DPEP Approach/Strategies

The emphasis and philosophy of DPEP is on Education, Empowerment and Equity for a more educated, skilled and empowered generation of women and men in the country. Hence DPEP seeks to augment the UEE efforts by:

Holistic planning and management : Planning and implementation of UEE was perceived in its totality, integrating all the measures needed for achieving quality elementary education in the specific context of the project area.

Decentralized, Participatory Planning Processes: People’s participation in the planning and implementation processes was emphasized to ensure that the diversities that exist in the local area in terms of strengths, problems and needs are sufficiently addressed in the project and that local community facilitates participation, achievement and school effectiveness.

Focus on Disadvantaged Groups and Gender Issues : Greatest source of disparity in access was gender. Other factors include geographic remoteness, poverty, socio-economic backwardness, disabilities, working children and various other aspects, which have a direct bearing on education. DPEP focused specifically on these groups to ensure Universalisation of quality elementary education for all. Integration of a gender perspective in all aspects of planning and implementation processes was ensured in DPEP.

Improving School Effectiveness: Making schools as well as learning more attractive and child-centered was a key issue in DPEP. This issue was addressed through a series of interventions such as toning up teacher competence, training and motivating teachers, building their morale and competence as well as substantial improvement in the quality of school facilities and improved teaching-learning materials, stressing learning competence and achievement.

Providing Alternative Systems of Quality Education: DPEP strategies for UEE goes beyond the Primary Formal Educational efforts to ensure that elementary education is accessed by all children between the age of 6-14 years according to their need, taking into account the innumerable reasons which keep children out of formal schooling.

Coordination and Convergence of Services: Convergence between DPEP efforts and other services like ICDS, School Health, and related departments like Tribal Welfare, Mass Education etc. was a major concern in DPEP. Activities and processes, which would promote these convergences at various levels, form part of the DPEP interventions.

Contextuality: In the plan preparation at the State and district level, DPEP pre-supposes contextually as the watchword. The plans have to incorporate local objective factors concerning primary education and effective strategies to address the local problems and issues. Contextuality entails local area planning with desegregated targets and decentralized planning and management. There is need of streamlining of planning and management in respect of both routine and innovative areas.