Profile

The idea and the efforts for uniting teachers to effectively represent their grievances and just demands to their authorities were seriously initiated during the struggle for independence by the teachers leaders of that time. Soon after the independence the unity among teachers was seen through the formation of teachers organizations in various states of India. After the independence of India there was no significant improvement in the status and the conditions of primary teachers. So the idea of setting up of an organization of primary teachers at the national level came to the minds of leaders. A national level body called All India Primary Teachers Federation came into the existence into the year 1954. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India inagurated its first conference at Nagpur on 7th January 1954. It is the apex organization of Primary teachers in the country. More than 2.5 million teachers are its members. Almost all the state primary teachers associations are affiliated to it. The AIPTF is affiliated to Education International (EI). AIPTF is working for the betterment and upliftment of education since its inception to improve the quality of education and status of teachers. It has restricted its activities as a trade union to safeguard socio economic interests, salary, service conditions and the general welfare of primary teachers in India.

Aims and Objectives :

  • To make every effort to build the nation by actively encouraging participation in economic,social, educational, political, mental and moral development of teachers.
  • To work for the development of primary teachers in India.
  • To work for the improvement of the educational system on the basis of spirit of cooperation leading to self sufficiency.
  • To foster the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation among all members of the profession.
  • To improve the working and living conditions of the teachers.
  • To promote the standard of education and reestablish it in the society.
  • To make aware the teachers in the concerns of their professional and organizational responsibilities and rights.
  •  To safeguard and promote the rights and privileges of primary teachers on matters relating to employment service conditions and create consciousness about duties and responsibilities.

Structure:

  • The organization is a homogenous corporate of the following :
  • The affiliated State Organizations
  • The General Council,representing the affiliates
  • The Working Committee,representing the General Council
  • The Working Committee meets at least thrice in a year and the General Council at least twice a year to elect its office bearers.

Activities at the National Level:

  • AIPTF organizes the following activities to realize its aims and objectives and to achieve its goals.
  • Seminars and workshops on Educational issues affecting Primary Education.
  • Eradication of Child Labour
  • Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  • Women Empowerment
  • Girls Education
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Value Education
  • Developing professional competency among primary teachers.
  • Agitations, Dharnas on issues related to Education and teachers problems.
  • Against Para Teachers Recruitment and getting them trained and bringing them into mainstream
  • Global Action Week.
  • Eradication of Child Labour
  • Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  • Women Empowerment
  • Girls Education
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Value Education
  • Developing professional competency among primary teachers.
  • Agitations, Dharnas on issues related to Education and teachers problems.
  • Against Para Teachers Recruitment and getting them trained and bringing them into mainstream
  • Global Action Week.

Policies :

AIPTF has developed policies to achieve its goal. The emphasis is to empower its affiliates and its leadership through various strengthening measures such as seminar, workshops, roundtables. It has also initiated advocacy campaigns, industrial actions from.grass root level to national level, research on educational policies, its implementation and evaluation to lobby for acceptance of its demands in the large interest of the teaching community.

AIPTF has further resolved that it will impart education and awareness on HIV/AIDS and promote health education in schools.

Relationship with National & International Bodies:

AIPTF has established linkages with international, national, regional and local organizations and facilitates periodic meetings, conferences, training courses etc.

AIPTF is member in many high level committees of –

  • Government of India,
  • Department of Education,
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development,
  • Women and Child Development,
  • National Council for Education, Research and Training(NCERT),
  • National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO )
  • Ministry of Labour,
  • National Council for Teacher Education( NCTE),
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR),
  • National Coalition for Education (NCE)
  • National Committee on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan headed by the Prime Minister of India and to name a few.

International Linkages :

AIPTF also enjoys the patronage by many international organizations like-

  • Education International (EI),
  • UNESCO,
  • UNICEF,
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO),
  • World Bank,
  • Swedish Teachers’ Union (Lärarförbundet)
  • Australian Education Union (AEU)  
  • Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)
  • Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF)
  • SAARC Women’s Network
  • Global Campaign for Education (GCE),
  • Global Union Federation(GUF),
  • SAARC Teachers Federation (STF).

Achievements :

  • The continuous efforts and agitations by AIPTF and its affiliates has successfully led to the passing of Right to Education Bill by the Government of India in 2009.
  • Regularizing and mainstreaming the Para teachers in many states for Quality Education.
  • Pressurizing the states Government to implement the recommendations of VI Pay Commission set up by the Government of India.

AIPTF Women Network:

AIPTF Women Network was established in the year 1997 with the view to organize women teachers in Primary education sector. Efforts were made to enroll them as members of the union also to generate awareness among them about the union and its activities, to bring them into leadership and to encourage them to take position in the union. The women teachers need to be united and unionized to enable them to voice their concerns effectively from grass root levels to national levels. Strategies need to be developed to mobilize, encourage and support women to become more active and involved in taking responsibilities in the union. Establishing a network was important to give voice to their concerns and it provided them with avenues for women to share contribute and plan programmes and policies for their cause. The network established a structure whereby the exchange of information was made possible and led to prioritizing of activities. It facilitated identification of various issues pertaining to women and children which needs priority.

To achieve these objectives a number of activities pertaining to these were organized namely workshops for legal rights for women, sexual harassment at work place, awareness seminar etc. Nearly 5000 women have been trained till now from national to grassroots level