What if you haven’t had any education for the most part of your life? Would you be here reading this?
What is RTE Section 12.1.c ?
In its landmark judgment on April 12, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Constitutional validity of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which mandates a minimum of 25% free seats for children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups (EWS) in all private unaided primary schools.
Education Landscape of Odisha: R.T.E (Right to Education) Section 12.1.C
Out of approximately 26,000 seats available in Odisha under Section12 (1)(c) of the RTE, a total of 251 seats were filled in 2014-15 leaving a seat fill rate of mere 0.97%. Odisha is one of the states with the lowest school participation (the proportion of schools with at least one admission) thus, exacerbating the already alarming condition of RTE implementation in the state.
What Is Adhyayan?
Adhyayan, which means, to study, is exactly what this project all about. Adhyayan strives to provide equal educational opportunities to the children of EWS of society under the ambit of RTE Act 12(1)(c) by using the youth as a resource.
After conducting plenteous surveys and listening to manifold enumerations from the families of the disadvantaged sections, we discovered that there is a limited knowledge about this law, even among the school authorities. Adhyayan focuses on:
- Raising awareness among the communities, slums, children and school authorities about the RTE Act section 12.1.c by conducting awareness camps right there in the field.
- Encouraging the families of these children to avail their rights thus, paving a way for Equal Educational Opportunity for every child eligible to be admitted in schools under the ambit of this Act.
- Putting a whole process in place for admissions under RTE Act section 12 (1)(c). After conducting awareness camps, we survey the families, shortlist the eligible children, prepare their necessary documents and prep children for school interviews.
- This is not it. Our work doesn’t end here. We see many organizations sending EWS children to schools but due to huge drop-out rates the whole effort gets nullified. DF keeps a tab on the drop outs which is a crucial factor to measure our impact. To manage the drop-out rates of these children, we have a network of volunteers who continually monitor the admitted kids and help them to cope up with the new environment in school.
We have reached out to more than 7 urban slums in Bhubaneswar touching more than 600 families, 800+ children and more than 180 young minds by now in the form of the awareness drives, surveys, discussion sessions etc. In a matter of just 1 year, we have admitted 5 children from a slum of Bhubaneswar into schools.
This is a mere start.
We are trying to cover each and every grain of the monument so that this monument we are building can withstand storms and hurricanes.