Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) a Centrally Sponsored Scheme implemented by Government of India in partnership with State Governments, is Indias main programme for universalising elementary education. Its overall goals include universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in education and enhancement of learning levels of children. Launched in the year 2000-2001, SSA has achieved considerable success in universalising elementary education.
The interventions under SSA include, building of school infrastructure, provisioning for teachers, periodic teacher training and academic resource support, making available learning resources for children like textbooks, computers, libraries; equity being the focus, residential schools for girls known as the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas have been set up, identification of children with special needs and providing them need based support including aids and appliances; monitoring and supervision for making schools effective and building local level accountability by engaging with community based organisations.
The SSA Shagun Portal is a twin track approach to monitor progress of implementation of the various components of SSA while also capturing and sharing of best practices from States and UTs. The portal has two parts
(i).Online Monitoring: States and UTs are funded to implement activities under the different components of SSA. Through this portal, States and UTs will be able to share their progress on physical targets and fund utilization.
(ii). Repository of SSA: This will enable States and UTs to share videos, photographs, case studies, testimonials, documents, reports, research studies and other evidence of innovative practices that States and UTs implement. This portal will be a compilation and dissemination of the experience from the field.