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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.


 

Why are Indian Girls out of School?

 
/ June 1, 2017

For Rajkumari, a school drop-out, the future only holds the drudgery of household chores, early marriage and child rearing.

IMPACT| School gets a handpump after 10 years in Ambatari, Jharkhand

 
/ December 2, 2015

Reshmi had made a video on the need of a hand-pump in Ambatari village school in Chatra, Jharkhand. The school has been running for more than 10 years and yet, no hand pump had been installed even in the vicinity. After the video was made, Reshmi made an application and...

Community Video Monitoring: Demanding Accountability in Education

 
/ November 19, 2015

A year back, children attending the school in Dotto village, in the Nuapada district of Odisha, had an unusual load to carry — huge bottles of clean, drinking water that would last them the whole day. The Right to Education Act guarantees children in government run or aided schools the...

IMPACT | Mid-day meals started in school

 
/ October 20, 2015

Batiyagarh, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh | Arti Bai Valmik 201 kids starved every day in this school because no mid-day meals were being distributed. Correspondent Arti Bai took immediate action to ensure the meals were resumed for the children in Bakayan. The children and their parents are happy now. This is their...

Teachers working for 30 Years without any salary – Warles Surin reports for IndiaUnheard

 
/ September 5, 2015

Jaldega block, Simdega, Jharkhand | Warles Surin Warles Surin brings us this video report on teachers from a government school for girls who have been working without any salary for 30 years. The school is an initiative of Project Balika, where students and school receive all the provisions as mentioned...

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...