Sundari, Block Bhabani, Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh | Javed Ansari
In 2010 and 63 years after independence, India became one of 135 countries to make education the fundamental right of every child by passing the Right to Education Act. Better late than never? Not in small villages like Sundari, where kids carry firewood, tend to goats or just play all day. There is no primary school for the 30-odd children in Sundari, and the next one is more than 3 km away. "If there is no school, what else can they do but graze cows or -sit at home and do nothing"? says one frustrated villager.
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.