Which preschool education organisation is most powerful in India?
Answering the question of who is most influential in India’s preschool education sector, a new report by the United States-based Preschool Education Association (PESA) has been released.
According to PESA’s 2016 annual report, the organisation’s primary focus is on promoting preschool education, with an emphasis on the education of children, parents and teachers, and their children, who are most at risk of being disadvantaged and having limited access to quality preschool education.
The report highlights the impact that preschool education can have on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in India.
“The report finds that preschool is an essential element in ensuring children’s development,” said PESA president, Maitreya Singh.
“By providing quality preschool and primary education, we aim to provide an equal opportunity for all children.
Preschool education has been shown to be the most effective way to promote economic empowerment and the development of children,” she added.
The report notes that a majority of preschool education organisations, which are mostly owned by women, are either nonprofit or private enterprises.
A majority of these organisations have only 1% of their staff employed in the primary sector.
Among the NGOs that received the highest ratings are Panchayati Raj (R), the World Bank and the Indian government, according to the report.
It also found that a growing number of states are planning to start preschool schools, while private preschools are being built.
However, the report also highlighted that there are many more preschool education organizations that are working in the private sector and in India itself.
Some of the organizations that have received the most ratings are the Child Development Foundation of India (CDFI), the India Foundation for the Advancement of Child Development (IGAD), the Bharatiya Mahila Andolan (BMAs) and the India National Institute of Child Health and Development (INICHD).
“Panchayat-based and non-Panchat- based preschool education in India is not the only option,” said Singh.
India has the second largest preschool education market in the world, after the US.
According to the 2016 OECD Report, the country has the highest proportion of preschool enrolment in the OECD, which has grown from 14.3% in 2016 to 23.5% in 2017.
In terms of its overall preschool education system, India has one of the lowest enrolment rates among countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) report.
The US ranked 10th, with the lowest enrollment rate at 14.1%, and Australia was at the top, with a rate of 15.4%.
However the report points out that preschoolers have higher rates of school dropout and low levels of literacy.
PESA’s report is an effort to address the shortcomings of India’s education system.
The organisation says that India has a large preschool population, with around 7 million preschoolers.
There are around 1.3 million school-aged children enrolled in preschool in India, and there are about 1.7 million preschool children in primary schools.
With its focus on promoting education, PESA is one of a few organisations that have made it clear that preschool must be part of the national agenda.
This is the first time that PESA has conducted a survey of preschools in India since its founding in 1991.
To read the full report, visit: http://www.pisa.org/reports/report-2016/