The inaugural session of the one day convention on right to education, was chaired by Debi Prasanna Pattnaik, Eminent Linguist, Ambarish Rai, Convener, National RTE Forum, Kanu Charan Mohanty, and Secretary AUPFT.
Anil Pradhan, the Convener of Odisha RTE Forum, while addressing workshop, said that “even after five year of implementation of RCFCE Act many lacunas are still there as far as the status of implementation of the act is concerned in Odisha.”
Kanhu Charan Mohanty, the Secretary AUPFT, said for better implementation of the act, it should be revamped again to check the loopholes in the act.
Debi Prasanna Pattnaik, the eminent linguist of Odisha, focused on the importance of the RTE Act per se and education as a whole for the betterment of the society.
The agencies associated with the forum are – OXFAM, Save the Children, CRU, Aid-et-Action, Plan-India, Action-aid, CARE, TDH, Welthungerlife, Sikshasandhan, CYSD and BGVS and civil society organizations.
A release by the Forum stated that apart from the organizations in the state, teachers unions and concerned individuals has been trying to build a concerted approach to appraise, tack and evaluate efforts related to RTE compliance in the state, are extending support to the forum.
The session was moderated by Aurodindo Behera. Other eminent personality who have attended the programe in its technical session are Kasturi Mohapartra, Disablity Commissioner, Sraban Baag, Care India, Lalita Patnaik, Unicef, Surya Mohapatra, Deputy Director, Pedagogy and Teacher Education, Ambika Nanda , UNDP etc.
More than 150 partcipants from across different districts of Odisha, members of different state chapters and the national RTE forum participated.