February 20, 2011

           Indian government recently introduced  the Historic Right to Education Act ( RTE ) in parliament , but it seems to be stuck in midway due to controversies surrounding it and due to pressure from the education and School mafias who have made school Education a Business. But UNICEF have started a Online campaign Awaaz Do meaning ‘Speak Up’, in gathering support to the act which would  in turn  help millions of poor children in India in gaining free schooling and Education.
  Its Interesting how private schools and missionaries who are making great profits through imparting schooling accept the act.The act requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats for children from poor families.I have come across many private schools who get huge cash from working parents as donation,and give admission to students with educated parents.
   When I travel through Hyderabad , I have seen many poor children working for daily wages even though Child labour is prohibited in India.The act will help these poor children to get free and quality education.
So What Is AWAAZ DO ?
                 All children 6 to 14 years old have the right to free and quality education under the recently passed Right to Education Act. The RTE Act specifies minimum norms in government schools. It requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats for children from poor families (to be reimbursed by the state as part of the public-private partnership plan). The Act also provides that no child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education. There is also a provision for special training of school drop-outs to bring them up to par with students of the same age. The RTE Act is the first legislation in the world that puts the responsibility of ensuring enrolment, attendance and completion on the Government. The Right to Education of persons with disabilities until 18 years of age has also been made a fundamental right. A number of other provisions regarding improvement of school infrastructure, teacher-student ratio and faculty are made in the Act.To make the Right to Education Act successful, it is important that each one of us knows about it so that every child who is not in school can be sent back for free and quality education.
How can you help ?
Stand up and make some noise! Join the Awaaz Do movement by signing up now for India's children. Ask your friends to be a part of getting every single girl and boy into school. Do it now for India's future. Come forward and donate to UNICEF to help change 8 million lives. Spread the word to your family and friends. You can SMS, e-mail or just talk to them and ask them to speak up and raise their voice for children. One voice makes a difference but together we can help change the fate of 8 million children. The time to begin is NOW! Find a school near you and make a visit. Check if the school has: • Separate toilets for boys and girls. • Drinking water and places for students to wash their hands with soap. • Playgrounds for playing sports and having fun. • A school library for students and their teachers. • Mid-day meals for children.
You can meet the school head, teachers, community members and even the parents of children enrolled there and talk to them about the RTE Act. Let them know about the highlights and let them know how every child can benefit.
Awaaz Do!Come on India .....Give free education to poor children.


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