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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.


 

Impact: 132 Students Receive Scholarships

 
/ July 9, 2015

9th July 2015 | Bhatwa, Maharajganj District, Uttar Pradesh | Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal Students at the Bhatwa Primary school were being cheated out of a government scholarship, which despite being paltry, was useful to buy uniforms, books and stationery. Community Correspondent Sanjay Kumar intervened with his camera and ensured that...

The Hard Fight for Building Schools in India

 
/ May 12, 2015

95% of India’s schools fail to meet the standard of infrastructure set by the Right to Education Act. This is the story of two community correspondents attempting to fix the system. In 2010 a boat carrying seventeen children capsized, resulting in the death of two girls. For those children, 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...

Impact: Procuring the Right to Food

 
/ November 14, 2014

Community Correspondent Arti Bai Valmiki’s report got the administration to improve the quality of Midday Meals for 237 students in the primary school of Batiagarh District of Madhya Pradesh. “We don’t get rotis to eat at home, so we come to school in hope of food,” a student of the...

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...

Impact: Corruption free meals in one village in Gujarat!

 
/ June 23, 2014

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is a government-sponsored scheme meant to provide food to children in schools. This scheme was launched to check malnutrition & to encourage attendance in schools. In this interview, Community Correspondent Neeru Rathod describes how she & her community in Kanpur, Gujarat united to ensure 30 children...

Community & Correspondent ensure drinking water for School Kids.

 
/ March 11, 2014

The Right to Education Act guarantees children in government run or aided schools the access to potable water. However, according to the activist network of Nuapada district of Odisha, the children of the village school of Dotto hadn’t had any access to water in the school for almost a year....