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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.


 

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...

This school has 550 children here and they need drinking water

 
/ December 7, 2016

In spite of four handpumps and a water pump in the school, the children of Marcha Middle School are still thirsty. There only source of water in this village’s government school, is a well without any protective barricades, on the premises. A year ago the district Assembly Legislator Paulo Soren...

World Toilet Day: Community Action helps repair school toilets after a year

 
/ November 18, 2016

On the occasion of the World Toilet Day, Video Volunteers brings you a story of how our Community Correspondent motivated a community to demand for its’ children’s rights for sanitation in school and got toilets made after a struggle of one year. The government primary school of Jangalipur, deep in...

Caste Discrimination keeps Dalit Children from Schools

 
/ November 14, 2016

In Uttar Pradesh, a primary school accommodates students from nearby villages in Pratapghar district. Among them is Mansi, a student of class two. Mansi has a startling revelation: the principal forced her to dispose off the carcass of a puppy. When she refused to do so she was brutally caned....

Caste Discrimination keeps Dalit Children from Schools

 
/ November 14, 2016

In Uttar Pradesh, a primary school accommodates students from nearby villages in Pratapghar district. Among them is Mansi, a student of class two. Mansi has a startling revelation: the principal forced her to dispose off the carcass of a puppy. When she refused to do so she was brutally caned....

Community Impact: School implements RTE rules

 
/ November 2, 2016

The Right to Education (RTE) Act has laid down norms and standards for schools to ensure incluive and quality education for all children of India. All the elementary schools have to comply to these rules. Unfortunately, many schools, especially in the hinterlands of India flaunt these rules because the authorities...

Crumbling Government School in the Model State of Gujarat

 
/ October 25, 2016

This government school in Gujarat has been partially damaged during the 2016 monsoon. Since the roof collapsed, wrecking the two classrooms , children of class IV and V are studying in the open grounds. However, the children brave all weathers and still attend classes, eager for education. Under the Right to...

At Patna University the library has been shut for Two Years

 
/ October 19, 2016

Patna University in Bihar was founded in 1917 and is the seventh oldest university in India. For a hundred years endless numbers of students have walked the hallowed halls. The alumni consisting of many, many brilliant minds in various walks of life. The university has nurtured many brilliant minds such as...