30th March 2015 | Chapariya Village; Suriyawan Block; Bhadohi District | Anil Kumar Saroj
107 students at this primary school have to defecate in the open as their school has no toilets. They've been in a state of disrepair since the past three years and cause an inconvenience not just to students but also teachers and cooks who work at the school.
The lack of functional and sanitary toilets on school premises is a direct violation of the Right To Education Act. 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.
Community Correspondent Anil was told that the Principal of the school hasn't followed up on the lack of funding from the Block Level despite repeated requests.
Call to Action: Please call the Basic Education Officer of Suriyawan Block and ask him to release the funds to repair toilets in this school.
About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.
In this video of UPS Manwan Awoora school, Kupwara, Kashmir, the community correspondent Pir Azhar shows us that there are nine classes for 250 students, and due to lack of space, the lower primary classes are held outside in the open. Also the school has only 7 teachers.