Samina Bano

Ashoka Fellow


This profile was prepared when Samina Bano was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in .
The New Idea
Samina Bano believes that the key to building a socially equitable society is through an education system where children from all socio-economic backgrounds have equal access to quality education. From her personal experience of studying in an inclusive classroom, and later proven by several research studies, Samina believes that classrooms with children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, improves the quality of education in the classroom. In order to do this, Samina is using the Right to Education (RTE) Act, passed in 2009 but not implemented, as a tool to build an inclusive education system that gives equal access to quality education to all children.

Realizing that there is a huge gap between an inclusive education policy and its implementation, because neither the public nor the private education system have the understanding or the capability to implement a high quality inclusive education system, Samina is building a comprehensive, step-by-step RTE implementation system, which will ensure that all recognized private schools especially the better ones admit children from low-income families in order to make their classrooms inclusive, and government schools which are inclusive by law are held accountable for providing high quality education. Samina is doing this through a unique model of students-based social accountability system implemented using low cost, accessible technology platform to facilitate scaling and minimize human discretion, thereby reducing chances of corruption.
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