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National essay competition on equitable inclusive education

(An initiative of CBR NETWORK, Bengaluru & Associates)

The National Education Policy 2020 seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality
education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. It lays much emphasis
and attention on the need to achieve learning outcomes with the theme of inclusive and
equitable education.



Sustainable Development Goal 4 is about quality education and is among the 17 sustainable
development goals established by the United Nations in September 2015. The full title of
SDG 4 is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning
opportunities for all”. It is further elaborated as below:

Inclusive education means all children in the same classrooms, in the same
schools. It means real learning opportunities for groups who have
traditionally been excluded – not only children with disabilities, but
speakers of minority languages too. (UNICEF


We are aware that children with diverse needs are included in Indian schools. Children with
disabilities are either included by default through compulsory enrolment policy or by design
via Inclusive education schemes formulated by the Central or state governments. Millions of
children with diverse /special needs are included in schools and are receiving education with
support from teachers and parents. The number of children with disabilities benefitting
from National open schools shows families with children with disabilities explore different
ways and means to ensure their child gets access to education.


The NEP 2020 specifically emphasis and lays importance to include children who are in -
Socially economically disadvantaged groups (SEDG). This is emphasized in the chapter 6 of
National education policy which broadens the scope of equitable inclusive education.
Teacher - silent reformer


We often hear that it is a teacher who has or had given guidance to parents and provided
handholding support to children with diverse special needs .There are excellent inspirational
stories/good practices which teachers have shared in since 4 decades in India and other
countries. We have also seen good practices in Anganwadi centres / pre schools where a
teacher plays an important role to ensure access to equitable inclusive education.
With the aim of sharing good practices across schools, Anganwadi and pre schools, we are
pleased to announce “National Essay competition – an opportunity for teachers and
Anganwadi workers to document your school level-classroom level good practices”.

Details of Competition

Who are eligible?

Teachers working in preschools, elementary, secondary schools affiliatedto any board and NIOS.

Last Date to Submit

30 th June 2023


Please find your regional language instructions to be followed as an appendix to English language instructions below.

Instructions to submit essays by teachers.(English)

1. Format of the essay:
a. Title - Inclusive education in my school for (SEDG focus group - specify which
group of children under SEDG are included in your essay) with Author name
b. Name of the school with city/town/village, district and state, full postal address,
phone (Landline or Mobile) and email id
2. Essay should not exceed TYPED 5 pages (A4 size)
3. Essays can be submitted in English or any Indian regional language saved as pdf page
with one page summary/abstract in English. Mention language of submission.
4. Photos/videos with you tube links can be added into the article.
5. References and guidance support by other teachers and parents and friends can be
included on the last page.
6. State in 5 bullet points why you think your good practices deserves sharing with other
teachers /parents.
7. Selected inspirational stories will be shared in e - book on IRIEC website / WhatsApp
groups on inclusive education and group emails.
8. For registration and submission: Click on submission link form as mentioned below.
9. You may use libraries and IRIEC website ( for further reading
on inclusive education.
10. Essays could include good practices of inclusion of any one or all which includes Socio
Economically disadvantaged groups (SEDG) children as stated in NEP 2020. It includes
children with disabilities as per categories stated in Rights of persons with Disabilities
Act (RPwD).

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