8 million children in India are out of school not realizing the right to an education. The Government of India is supporting all states in implementing the Right to Education [RTE]. The RTE gives a timeline of 3-5 years for Children like Kaushaliya to be enrolled in quality schools.
Kaushaliya is a young girl who lives in the most economically disadvantaged community of Bihar. Her father, Jakhar Manjii, works on a construction site earning an inadequate wage to meet the family needs. He is unable to feed his wife and 9 children and therefore, in order to survive, the whole family must work. Kaushaliya and her siblings work as labourers loading coal for a transporter.
If it were not for the UNICEF programme in the area, Kaushaliya would have never gone to a school. The programme helps child labourers to go to school.
Kaushaliya attends a bridge school which is helping her catch up academically so that she can join formal school at a later stage. The RTE ensures that children, even older ones, who have missed out on school receive eight years of quality education.
Beaming Kaushaliya says, “Before this, my life was very difficult, I did not have time to even sit and rest. Now I study. I play. I do a lot of things.”
There are 8 million children like Kaushaliya waiting to participate in this essential childhood experience, which is now a fundamental right.
Let’s not keep them waiting anymore.
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8 million children out of school!
RTE Act mandates age appropriate classes for out of school children.