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Parent Cooperatives Model of Education for children' quality schooling under NEP-2019: Special on International Day of Cooperatives
International Day of Cooperatives is going to observed with the theme "COOPS 4 DECENT WORK". The United Nations (UN) has called upon the world community saying, "On 6 July 2019, join us as we celebrate a future in which human development and social justice are priorities. Through #CoopsDay, local, national and global policymakers, civil-society organizations and the public, in general, can learn how cooperatives contribute to a decent working environment. Cooperative employment is far from a marginal phenomenon."

As the new National Education Policy (2019) in India is on anvil, I would like to suggest that parents need to form 'Parent Cooperatives' to start their own schools for quality education of their wards. A noteworthy example  is the -Sewanee Children's Center. According to them, "A parent cooperative school is owned and operated by the school families. Professional teachers are responsible for the planning and implementation of the curriculum and a parent board runs the business aspects of the school. At SCC, all Parents of enrolled students are automatically members of the Co-operative." I think, such schools school should also promote cooperative learning model in the classroom.

When, three years ago, I went for educational tour of Canada and United states, I was fascinated by the concepts of home schools and cooperative schools at New Toronto and Ann Arbor. The insights into the systems were facilitated by Dilip Nagarkatr who had a Home School next door. Dilip took me to 'Ann Arbor Hands-On Museu'  which runs education programs and has a large collection of exhibits that provide opportunities for children and adult to learn in a cooperative setting. Aas the owners put it that the purpose is "to awaken curiosity, stimulate observation and exploration skills, and enhance school curriculum."

"Learning Together: A Case Study of a Cooperative School's Approach to Education" by Ariana M. Ali states, "The parent-initiated and community-oriented nature of cooperative schools make them stand out as unique among the large, bureaucratically-run schools and daycares typically found in the United States."

According to the UN, at a time when income inequality is rising around the world, it is good to be reminded that solutions to inequality do exist. The co-operative model is foremost among these solutions, since it contains aspects of sustainable development at its core and is based on ethical values and principles.

Citing a recent estimate, the UN further informs that the cooperatives around the world employ or are the main source of income for more than 279 million people - almost 10% of humanity's total working population.

"Beyond these numbers, different studies have confirmed that, by comparison with employment in other sectors, cooperative jobs: tend to be more sustainable over time; show a smaller gap in earnings between higher and lower-paid positions; are more evenly distributed between rural and urban areas," reported the UN.

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