Education Specialist, UNICEF
A strong promoter of quality education for all children, especially girls from the marginalized settings, Sumans strengths lie in proposing and implementing social, pedagogical, and policy level solutions to address social and gender discrimination in communities and families, which deprive children of development opportunities and human rights, especially the right to education.
She has worked for over two decades as a researcher, practitioner and policy analyst in the domains of education, and on issues of gender, social inclusion and diversity. Her experience is based on her past work in a senior leadership role in CARE India, her past involvement as an anchor of an innovative life-skills project with a national NGO working for children in difficult circumstances in South Asia, as a strategic advisor for the UNICEF India Education Section and a senior consultant to the Ministry of Human Resource development.
She has planned and implemented an integrated education programs with a focus on quality education for children from most marginalized scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and meo muslim communities, street and working children, and provided technical support at the country and state levels to programs including Education for All (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan). She holds a Ph.D. in education, a dual master’s (M.Ed. and M.Phil.) in education (gender studies/child development) and a B.Ed. in education focusing on/child development/mental health/gender studies from the University of Delhi.