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India’s Right to Education Act, one of the most ambitious education policies globally, was passed in 2005. It seeks to provide free, compulsory, quality education to children between ages 6 and 14 but remains a challenge In India. In India, 47 million adolescents have not progressed to upper secondary school, the highest in the world. This fact is particularly worrisome since India is set to become the country with the youngest population by 2020.

Video Volunteers’ videos bring viewers into the most disadvantaged schools. Many Correspondents use the Act as a frame to explore what is working and not working. So far more than 100 schools have been audited across 8 states as part of VV’s RTE Pass ya Fail campaign. In these schools, there is a lack of safe drinking water, dirty or no toilets and an inadequate number of teachers, among other issues. Often, there is caste discrimination in the provision of the mid-day meal and school chores.

These video reports have been shown to various government agencies, and in many cases, officials took positive action. Of the total 297 videos, VV has produced on the Right to Education Act, so far problems have been resolved in more than 160 cases, thanks to the Community Correspondent, community, and administration working together.


 

Studying in Fear

 
/ March 7, 2017

Agara Village, Bhatiagarh, Madhya Pradesh | Aartibai Valmiki The gaping cracks in this school building have filled the hearts of teachers, students and their parents. But in the absence of any other school in the vicinity, children continue coming here, putting their lives at risk to get an education. It...

Tribal Students Let Down by Administration

 
/ March 7, 2017

Torakel Village, Khunti District, Jharkhand | Amita Tuti For many in the Naxal afflicted areas of Khunti District Jharkhand, education carries a hope that the next generation will live better lives. In a Primary School in the district, these hopes come quickly crashing down as studies get affected by the...

A Muslim Woman’s English-Medium School for the Poor

 
/ February 23, 2017

  “In our society and village, girls aren’t encouraged to study. That is why I started this convent,” shares Raeesa Begum, Founder of the National English School in Kalgaon, Maharashtra. This English-medium school opened doors of education to the young girls in the village who had very limited opportunities for...

English school for poor by a Muslim woman

 
/ February 23, 2017

  “In our society and village, girls aren’t encouraged to study. That is why I started this convent”, shares Raeesa Begum, Founder of National English School in Kalgaon, Maharashtra. This English school opened doors of education to the young girls in the village who had very limited opportunities for education...

Three years later, Children get a New School in Chhattisgarh

 
/ January 9, 2017

Shankar Pradhan, 12, attended classes under a thatched roof, in the sweltering heat and rains of Chhattisgarh. Just like 100 other children, he was a student of the only government primary school in the Badwar village, which lay unfinished since three years. “They started the construction four years ago but...

Six months later, students of a government school wait for textbooks

 
/ January 5, 2017

Suraj Kumar, a student of Bishnupur Government School, is the first person from his family to have a chance to go to school. His family has big dreams for him, hoping that he finishes basic education and moved up the economic ladder. But he and his schoolmates are worried about...

Impact Story

Tragic death of two children motivates a community to build a new school

 
/ December 13, 2016

The tragic death of two girls was the catalyst for transformation in a village in Uttar Pradesh. Watch how community joined forces with VV to demand a school in their village, under RTE Act, 2005.   When the brand new government school was inaugurated in a village of Uttar Pradesh, the...