Right to Education is the Right to Life

Rakesh Lakra is a 3rd standard student at the Bihaband Primary School in Odisha’s Sundergarh District. He worries that if things continue as they are, he will not be able to learn much at school. With only one teacher, there is little discipline or teaching and chaos reigns supreme.

A weak foundation in studies will have many implications as Rakesh grows up and navigates his way across the world. Today, you can make sure that they kids in the school get the quality education that they deserve.

Call to Action: Please call Sinantini Pradhan, the Block Development Officer of Sundergarh District Odisha on +91 9437767188 and ask her to ensure that this school meets all regulations under the Right to Education Act.

When Community Correspondent Halomuni Kuardar visited this school to audit it for VV’s campaign, ‘Pass Ya Fail?’ she found most children running around in the school compound. At this school in Odisha’s Kukuda Panchayat, Sundergarh District 63 students have been left in the care of 1 teacher.

According to the Right to Education Act, a school should have the teacher student ratio of 1:30. The law also sets down other regulations such as the provision of a boundary wall, a playground with equipment, clean drinking water etc. The school also fails to provide these.

‘Pass Ya Fail?’ is a community video audit of the Right to Education Act in India. This progressive piece of legislation promises free and quality education to children across India. Halomuni’s video is one such audit that shows the ground reality and is a starting point to bring in much needed change.

Having made the video, Halomuni will take this video to the Block Administration to ensure that Rakesh’s school gets another teacher, a boundary wall and other amenities prescribed by the RTE Act. You can support her by calling the Block Development Officer too.

“The violation of the Right to Education is a Violation of Right to Life,” says Halomuni.

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