This section focuses on reports that generally emerge from activities – like organisation of seminars, workshops, festivals and fairs – undertaken either independently or as part of a larger venture. It also includes several Pratichi Annual Workshop reports and some Annual Reports of Pratichi (India) Trust (PIT).
The Possibilities of Mid-day Meal Programme in West Bengal (2004)
This paper was presented at the workshop entitled West Bengal: Challenges and Choices organised by the Centre for Social Sciences, Calcutta, on 27 and 28 July 2004.
The ICDS Programme in West Bengal: Scopes and Challenges (2008)
This paper, basically an assessment of the implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in West Bengal – in line with Pratichi’s rigorous research projects on this topic – was presented in several seminars and symposia.
Small Schools for the Underprivileged: The SSK experiment in West Bengal (2008)
While recognising the immense contribution of the small schools – the SSKs – towards meeting the goal of universal education the paper raises some questions concerned with equality and justice.
Notes on the Tribal Question in India (2010)
This paper was presented at the 8th Kolkata Group Workshop titled Eliminating Injustice, organised by the Pratichi Trust, Harvard University Global Security Initiative and UNICEF, titled Eliminating Injustice, on 15-16 February 2010 at the National Library, Kolkata
West Bengal Primary Teachers’ Workshop (2011)
Pratichi’s collaboration with the All Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association (ABPTA) and UNICEF Kolkata on generating a wider discussion on the Right to Education resulted in the workshop – “Improvement of Schooling” – held on 17 September 2011 in Kolkata. This is a brief report of the same event.
Debating Public Health: Glimpses of an Argumentative Assembly (2011)
A report of the Chandrakant Patil Memorial Eastern India Regional Health Assembly held on 9 July 2011 in Kolkata.
Reading Festival: Documenting New Initiatives in Primary Education, Birbhum (2011)
As part of the collaborative project, ‘Documenting New Initiatives in Primary Schools,’ run by the Pratichi (India) Trust and Child Rights and You (CRY) in Birbhum, a Reading Festival (Boi pawRar utshob) was organised on 18 November 2011 at Rabindra Shiksha Niketan in Bolpur. This is a report of the first reading festival that involved inviting children from various groups to a common venue, where they would read, write, draw, dance, sing and carry out activities of their own choice with complete freedom.
The Service Provider: An Important Determinant of the Success of Cooked Mid-day Meal Programme (2013)
This paper on a feature most critical to the success of the CMMP was presented at the 4th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata in December 2013.
Primary Education in West Bengal: The Scope for Change (2018)
This report came out of a shared exercise – a programme of collective action – in which a committed band of teachers across the primary school to university levels, socially oriented researchers and activists of the state took part. It aims at facilitating primary education of quality and equity in West Bengal.
Writing Primary Education – A Report of Primary Teachers’ Writing Workshops in Birbhum, West Bengal (2012)
The Pratichi Trust, in collaboration with Child Rights and You (CRY) India, worked on a project entitled ‘Public Participation in Education.’ One of the aims of the project was to build among teachers the capacity for communication and free exchange of ideas among themselves. In a series of workshops, organised at the district level, teachers recorded in writing their experiences pertaining to teaching, curricula and the overall processes of day-to-day running of schools. This report – a compilation of the teachers’ own narratives highlighting issues of primary schooling that need to be addressed urgently – has provided the public with not only a trove of valuable, first-hand accounts of the teachers’ efforts, practices, challenges and innovations but also an excellent tool for analyzing their ideologies, motivations, and capabilities.