Land Shortage Results in Poor Education

VV-PACS Community Correspondent Gyanti Kumari from Siwan district of Bihar reports on the lack of a proper school building in Musahar Tola village. Due to the lack of a building, the classes are conducted out in the open irrespective of the harsh summers or the biting cold winters. As a result, many children fall sick and end up dropping out of school. Since its inception in 2007, this school has been devoid of all the basic infrastructural facilities which come under the Right to Education Act. The children have no playground, no kitchen for mid-day meals, no separate toilets for boys and girls. "We want a building for the school" demands Rohit Kumar, studying at the Primary school, Khairwa. "We have found a suitable land which belongs to Mr.Yadav, but the application has been lying at the Block office for more than 3 months & no action has been taken till now" says Rampravesh Paswan, a teacher at the school. The non-availability of land is one of the biggest reasons that is standing in the way of the children getting a school building. Gyanti says, that you can help. Call to Action: To help you can call the Block Development Officer, Bhagwanpur block, Siwan district, Bihar on 09835498775 and ask him to get a fasten the land allotment process for the construction of a proper school building. 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 organizations.

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