Dirty Toilets in the Way of Education

As we kick off "Pass Ya Fail", our campaign on Right to Education in India, this week we bring you compelling evidence on the lack of access to education in the country. Pooja, a young student of the Government Middle school in Paduguda village, Jharkhand, is in a predicament. The lack of a proper toilet in her school often means that she has to make a dash to the fields near by or worse, miss school. Community correspondent Bharti reports. This is a problem that thousands of female students in India face. Clean toilets are often what stand between girls and their education. Having to pee in the fields is embarrassing, unpleasant and really not safe. The real problem begins when they start menstruating. That is usually the point when parents ask their girls to stop attending schools. In this case, the girls who are eager to continue their education want to file an official complaint. They don't know who to go to. Pooja reveals: "We want to file a complaint, but where do we go? We are also scared of our teacher so we just keep quiet." They have spoken up, now its your turn to speak up with them. Call to Action: Please call the Block Education Officer on 0835507976 and ask him to ensure that the toilets in this school are fixed.

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