Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or SSA is an Indian Government programme aimed at the universalisation of elementary education “in a time-bound manner”, making free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 a fundamental right. The programme was pioneered by former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It aims to educate all children between the ages of 6 to 14 by 2010. However, the time limit has been pushed forward indefinitely.
Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission (A.S.S.A.M) was established in the year 2001 as a registered society under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860 for implementation of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Assam.
In Assam, Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission (A.S.S.A.M) has been implementing the National flagship programme of Sarba Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) with the basic objectives of :
- providing schooling facilities in the habitations hitherto un-served by any schooling facility in a clear time frame;
- enrolling all children of the age group 6-14 years in schools/alternative schools/back to school camps etc.;
- retaining the children within the schooling system for the whole period of elementary education;
- improving quality in education through teachers’ training, provision of teaching-learning materials, textbooks etc.;
- promoting social justice amongst socially backward communities, caste, tribes etc. and
- gender sensitivity amongst all and effective involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Peoples’ Committees in the management of schools.