There is more to Jammu and Kashmir than a separatist movement and violence. IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent, Sajad Rasool brings us the stories that slip below the radar.
In this video he tells us about the failing Mobile Schools set up in the state for the benefit of children belonging to nomadic tribes like Gujjars and Bakarwals. The illiteracy rates among the tribes are around 70%.
The system of mobile schools was set up in 2007 to boost this number.
"The scheme has been a failure. The teachers hardly ever come", says one concerned parent.
The migratory nature of their work is a major hindrance for children who want to get an education. Under the Mobile school system, makeshift classes are set up for the children between April and September. At the end of this period, the students can return to their 'home' schools.
In the conditions reported by Sajad it looks highly unlikely that the students get any education in the mobile schools. An empty, tattered tent with no seating is a tell tale sign.
"This is something that needs to be addressed, or else we will have another generation with no prospects", says Sajad.
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.