After 4 years of project implementation, in 2011, it was observed that the children who had under gone through this process they were all in the schools studying in different classes. They were happy, no fear and shyness in their mind. All children were attending school regularly and performing very well in their classes and there was no single drop out among them.
This successful result/ evidence encouraged PREM to initiate state wide lobby and advocacy campaign to influence the policy makers of the state for scaling up of PREM’s MT ML ECE in tribal areas of Odisha.
Lobby & Advocacy Campaign for Policy Change
In 2011, PREM in association with Odisha Adivasi Manch (OAM) initiated massive lobby and advocacy campaign on introduction of MT ML ECE in tribal areas of Odisha. Initially this campaign was present in 10 districts and later on it was extended to 22 districts of Odisha. During the campaign OAM with the technical support of PREM adapted many strategies at different level to influence the policy makers of the state. When OAM pressurized the policy makers of government of Odisha from different corners to acknowledge PREM’s Mother T tongue Multilingual Early Childhood Education approach, then on 30th July 2012 Government of Odisha declared to scale up this approach to the 25000 ICDS centres of tribal areas of Odisha.
When government of Odisha accepted PREM-BvLF’s MT ML ECE approach and declared to introduce the same in the 25000 ICDS centres of tribal areas of Odisha then PREM thought to scale up the same approach to the other tribal areas of different states of India.
So to scale up this approach in other states of India, PREM initiated National level lobby and advocacy campaign by National Advocacy Council for Development of Indigenous People (NACDIP). NACDIP with the technical support of PREM initially initiated this campaign in 10 states and later on NACDIP extended its campaign to 16 states of India. During the campaign NACDIP took many strategies and did massive lobby and advocacy campaign at different level to influence the policy makers of the government of India, then on 27th September, 2013 Government of India approved National ECCE policy focusing on introduction of mother tongue based multilingual early childhood education in the existing ICDS centres of tribal areas of India This was a landmark achievement of PREM, BVLF, OAM and NACDIP in introducing MT ML ECE for tribal people of Odisha and in different states of India.