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Though India passed the Right to Education Act 8 years ago, only 8% of schools currently follow it. We partnered with Oxfam India to highlight this issue, using a dynamic scorecard to show which districts are doing well and which are falling short.
India passed the Right to Education (RTE) Act in 2009, which sets certain norms (like student-teacher ratios and toilet facilities) required to fulfill every child’s right to education. As of 2015, only 8% of schools in India complied with all RTE norms.
Oxfam India launched a campaign called Haq Banta Hai to build awareness around RTE gaps and drive full RTE implementation. Oxfam aimed to build an interactive scorecard with each district’s performance to promote public awareness and show Members of Parliament where their districts were falling short.
Data about 1.4 million schools — including 150 data points on each school’s infrastructure, classroom-teacher ratio, pupil-teacher ratio, and other RTE parameters — was sourced from our data repository.
Transform aggregated school-level data at a district level, then assigned weights to each parameter to create an overall RTE-compliance score for each of India’s 640 districts.
The RTE-compliance score was visualized on an interactive map-based dashboard. This made it easy for MPs, district officials, and the public to identify geographic clusters with poor RTE compliance and understand where each district was falling short.
Inequality in India is rising at an alarming rate, putting the future of our country at stake. Education is the greatest equalizer against inequality. By ensuring full implementation of the RTE Act, we can achieve two things — quality education for all children and reduction in inequality.
Head of Haq Banta Hai campaignOxfam India
Data from DISE (District Information System for Education) was pulled from Access. The data covered 240 indicators like student-teacher ratio and toilet facilities.
Data cleaning and score creation
Our data scientists cleaned and verified all the data, then converted the data into a single score for each district and the district were ranked by score.
Data was visualized on an interactive dashboard, including district comparisons, search capabilities, and an interactive scorecard.
SocialCops is great at sourcing and visualizing data, but what was even more helpful was their immense support as a thought partner while designing our campaign!