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The Ranchi Declaration

The People’s Education Assembly held at Ranchi on 22 and 23 March 2014 was impressive in terms of participation, the diversity of ideas discussed and shared, and the degree of consensus that emerged through debate and deliberation.

There were more than 600 participants including scholars and activists from within Jharkhand and different parts of the country. The assembly critically reviewed four years of the working of the Right to Education (RTE), the impact of higher education policies in the neo-liberal context, the present status of preschooling, the prevailing situation of literacy and continuing education, the challenges related to gender, social exclusion of marginalised and deprived communities and strategies to overcome these issues. The challenge is to resist the temptation to permit the monopolisation and commercialisation of knowledge through knowledge-delivering supermarkets that could adversely affect both equity and quality by denying opportunities to the poor and by relegating them to low-cost delivery systems.

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