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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 | Teachers Appointed in Bihar School after Seven Years

 
/ September 23, 2016

Three years ago, Md Shehnavaz, a 12-year-old student of Dhanaila Primary School had never seen only two teachers. His classes would happen once in a few days, but it was a new problem. The school was completed in 2007 and catered to over 350 students, mostly from Maha Dalit community,...

International Literacy Day : Children study in a crumbling school

 
/ September 8, 2016

Dedicated to getting an education, children and teachers at this government primary school in Chhattisgarh sit for classes in a crumbling school building. The school has been under construction for over 10 years, but the neglectful attitude of government authorities has still kept this building as a work in progress....

Impact

Education in Conflict: Kashmir’s Community helps Children

 
/ September 8, 2016

On the 50th World Literacy day, Video Volunteers takes you to Srinagar, Kashmir to witness how the local community is supporting its children’s education despite being in a constant state of conflict for the last 60 days. (Know all about Kashmir Unrest here) The valley’s millions of students have been...

Education in Conflict: Kashmir’s Community helps Children

 
/ September 8, 2016

On the 50th World Literacy day, Video Volunteers takes you to Srinagar, Kashmir to witness how the local community is supporting its children’s education despite being in a constant state of conflict for the last 60 days. (Know all about Kashmir Unrest here)  The valley’s millions of students have been...

Community Survey

‘If I get pension, I would like to study’ requests a young girl

 
/ August 25, 2016

Chitta Hembrom, 16, is a tribal handicap from Jharkhand who has not received her disability pension since four years. Under Jharkhand state’s  Swami Vivekananda Nishakt Swalamban Protsahan Yojna she is entitled to receive Rs. 400 per month and nor is she receiving the state’s educational scholarship of Rs. 250 per...

Impact

Are 70% Indians free?

 
/ August 19, 2016

Independence Day is over. We have posted #HappyIndependenceday hashtags, heard patriotic songs and saluted the tri-colour proudly yesterday. We remembered Nehru’s famous independence speech the ‘Tryst with Destiny’ and were inspired yet again by the ancient words. As we discover that the Prime Minister’s speech on Independence Day wrongly claimed...

61 families suffer due to lack of Anganwadi facilities

 
/ August 2, 2016

An Anganwadi centre in a village is an essential institution in a rural setting to ensure a healthy, educated and aware child and mother. However, this village in Bisungarh district of Jharkhand, home to over at least 61 mothers worry that their children are denied the benefits of anganwadi such as...

20 year old shelterless Anganwadi Centre in West Bengal

 
/ July 29, 2016

Launched in 1975, the integrated child Development Services (ICDS) scheme is one of the world’s largest programmes for early child development. The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the nutritional and health status of children aged 0 to 6 years and pregnant and nursing women. In 2005, the...