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Right to Education Act in India-Citizen Association For Child Rights

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Right to Education is the fundamental right of EVERY CHILD. The RTE Act postulates the rights and privileges of every child irrespective of age, gender, social class and race.
CACR , a non profit, is working endlessly to help in implementation of this RTE Act in low-income schools of Mumbai. We at CACR believe that quality education is the right of all children

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Right to Education Act in India-Citizen Association For Child Rights

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  2. 2. •CACR -Citizens Association for Child Rights is a section 25 non profit organisation which is a collective of like minded Citizens, Activists, ALMS, Community centres, etc. that has been primarily focusing on improvement in functioning and quality of education by direct participation in BMC schools. 2
  3. 3.  The right to education is a fundamental human right.  Every individual, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion or political preference, age or disability, is entitled to a free elementary education.  This right is explicitly stated in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948 and has since been enshrined in various international conventions, national constitutions and development plans CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 3
  5. 5.  India became one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child when the act came into force on 1 April 2010. The World Bank education specialist for India, Sam Carlson, has observed: “The RTE Act is the first legislation in the world that puts the responsibility of ensuring enrolment, attendance and completion on the Government. It is the parents' responsibility to send the children to schools in the US and other countries.”  CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 5
  6. 6.  The RTE Act, which was passed in 2010, but it has taken more than 3 years now to ensure proper implementation of the same.  The Act talks about ensuring free and compulsory education for all children between 6-14 years and it should benefit the poorest of the poor child in this country. If we could also add the word „good quality‟, it will make it complete.  Awareness about this Act and its important clauses should be highlighted in communities, and ensure that every child gets the benefit of this important & noble Act. CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 6
  8. 8.  Few milestones as per RTE guidelines :- CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 8
  9. 9.   “Every child in school and learning”- should be the motto and it is responsibility of not only the authorities of the Education Department, but also all schools, NGOs, civil society, etc. should participate and ensure proper implementation of this Act. RTE SUCCESS NGO’S SCHOOLS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT So , Let us LEND A HAND! WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER FOR IMPLEMENTATION CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 9
  10. 10.  25% reservation in ALL schools for EWS –economically weaker section students. In implementation Mumbai fares very badly as compared to all cities and towns in Maharashtra and is 2nd worst after Latur, as per statistics available from the Directorate of Primary Education  Act is supposed to help in creating workable systems which will help in improved functioning and ensuring better quality. The SMC –School Managing committee involving the participation all such stakeholders is a step in that direction. CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 10
  11. 11.  Inclusive education for children with physical and learning disabilities and we must ensure proper infrastructure and resources should be provided in all schools. CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 11
  12. 12.  Free education is the prerogative of the government and there have to be herculean efforts to ensure improved functioning and accountability in ALL schools.  Strengthen the Government school system and ensure increase in enrolments and retention of children in these schools.  BUT the implementation of the RTE Act should not be forced on schools like a bitter medicine, it should be a coordinated team effort. CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 12
  13. 13.  For jointly implementing the act we need :-  Sensitivity  Sincere to the problems in implementing the Act, efforts on the part of the School Management, and  Handholding and guidance by the authorities concerned EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SCHOOLS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 13
  14. 14.  While implementing the Act, the deficiencies and difficulties involved should be reviewed jointly between the stakeholders  Recommendations for fine tuning the act, if justified, should be elevated to the State & Central Government periodically for further improvements.  CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 14
  15. 15.  Have a school wise survey form that will help the school management to self evaluate the schools extent of RTE compliance.  Thereafter an external, independent agency can evaluate and conform their findings to give a “RTE Compliant” status to the school.  This will help in increasing enrollment & retention in schools as well as maintain quality CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 15
  16. 16.  Just like in the case of ISO certification where the external agencies such as the TUV or SGS, certify the ISO rating and validity for 2 or 3 years, this helps companies keep a check on quality; The schools should similarly be certified as „RTE compliant‟, preferably by neutral and professional external agencies.  All the latest information regarding RTE compliance by all schools (including Corporation schools) should be available on the official website that is updated regularly RTE COMPLIANT I WILL TELL EVERYONE MY SCHOOL IS RTE COMPLIANT! Yeah! 16
  17. 17.  CACR strongly believes that NGOs should be responsible for supplementing the existing systems and suggest suitable improvements & changes, by constant participation in the system and interacting with the hierarchy of the Education Department.  BUT they should never be allowed to run parallel systems, thus absolving the concerned authorities of their responsibility. CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILD RIGHTS 17