CEPP works with a bi-pronged approach: intensive integrated fieldwork in the interface of teachers and parents to support schools, and engagement in policy dialogue in the main issues of concern. Broadly, it works around human aspects of schooling with a view to improving the quality of education in public schools. It mainly works in the interface between teachers and parents and raises issues felt significant in the course of practice for policy attention.
Parents and School Management Committees (SMCs)
CEPP views School Management Committees (SMCs) as the representatives of parents and thus the custodians of rights to education to their children. It has two strands of work: Firstly, at a school level, to underscore the importance of parents with schools, train and equip SMCs so they mobilize parents and support the schools in the working area. Secondly, to help them come together so that they have collective bargaining power. Main areas of activities involve training SMCs and following them up, working with teachers to get parents to schools, and organizing general and class wise meetings of parents, particularly mother parents.
Teachers and the Quality of Teaching
CEPP has taken a pronged approach: a motivational aspect of teachers is highlighted by helping them realize their importance in the society, and therefore their performance is improved. It conducts modular training by addressing attitudinal aspects (e.g. conducting a reflection workshop: Appreciating Yourselves as Teachers). The teachers will be further rewarded with training and exposure visits if they try best to implement activities that can be done without spending any money. Other modules are focused on skills – CEPP or partner staff, along with interns/volunteers will help augment their skills.
Policy/ Opinion Makers
CEPP holds at least one annual dialogue on a relevant topic on education. It seems to work with the median in deepening issues on education. It also has a fairly good association with educational journalists and their association. CEPP is making an attempt to monitor the media of its realization on education-related coverage.
CEPP has a two-pronged approach: working in the field and feeding it into the mainstream and bringing the mainstream into our work. For example, we work together with SMC in a school at the same time, we work with SMCs to get bargaining power by being organized and responsible. On policy work, it conducts annual workshops or seminars on a related topic, takes part in the appropriate forums, and works with media as a contributor or as an influencing agent on the cause.
Both government and non-government institutions wish to work in improving the quality of public schools. Mostly, the experiment is done in one school of an area. CEPP seeks to work in one area with few schools so that a pattern can be observed. In most cases, many ends up doing one part of the education and they do not have a framework to work comprehensively around a school. CEPP works in such a way so that both teachers and parents are addressed and general issues of schools are covered holistically.