Nurturing Parent Spokespersons for Education Reforms
We brought together 18 parent members of our Parents Forum for School Education for a two-day workshop to train parents for outcome and evidence based policy changes. Our facilitators included Mr Kulbhushan Sharma, President, National Independent Schools Alliance; Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Nitesh Anand, Senior Associate, Advocacy, Centre for Civil Society; and Rahul Nainwal, Co-Founder India Fellow Social Leadership Program and MITRA iVolunteer respectively.
Ipolicy: Going International, and into Schools
We conducted ipolicy for Young Leaders, our flagship program bringing the principles of sound public policy to students and young professionals in three cities this October - Lucknow, Chennai and Delhi, reaching 109 students. In Lucknow, we partnered with the City Montessori School to conduct our first ever policy training for high school students. We also conducted the first international ipolicy for young leaders this past month, partnering with Bikalpa, a public policy think tank based in Biratnagar.
Launch of the Compendium on Doing Business in Delhi
We launched a compendium on Doing Business in Delhi, on 30th October. An outcome of the 18th edition of our Researching Reality Internship, the compendium explores the complex regulations and policy bottlenecks that continue to thwart enterprise, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business reforms in the state of Delhi. The launch was accompanied by a roundtable discussion, moderated by Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist, and was attended by industry representatives and policy experts including Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Kadambari Shah, IDFC Institute; Prashant Narang, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; and Shubho Roy, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) among others.
Debating #MeToo: Monthly Journalists' Dialogue
In the October edition of CCS' monthly journalists' dialogue, 13 journalists from various media platforms such as NDTV, Doordarshan, Sahara TV, and Lok Sabha TV came together at IGMCA, New Delhi on 31st October. The dialogue addressed the #MeToo movement, with a particular emphasis on the redressal of the grievances and cases of abuses that it has exposed. Our journalist participants also discussed its impact and potential to unsettle patriarchal prejudices and enduring sexual violations in professional and personal spaces. The dialogue was moderated by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me.