The passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 marked a historic moment for the children of India. For the first time in India’s history, children were guaranteed their right to quality elementary education by the state with the help of families and communities.
The Act came into force on April 1, 2010 and specified a three year timeline for meeting provisions related to the rights of children, teachers, schools and monitoring with a focus on child friendly and child centered curriculum.
The last day of this month, 31 March 2013, is the first major deadline of the RTE and represents a very important milestone in its implementation. While progress is evident, it is widely acknowledged that much remains to be done in order to achieve the targets set by the Act.
It is an important moment to take stock on the progress that has been made as well as the gaps and bottlenecks for its effective implementation.
Over the next few weeks, through reports, human interest stories and photo-stories , we will be taking a closer look at these challenges and bottlenecks and also give you an update on its implementation in all the states.
Taking stock: Reviewing RTE progress after 3 years
Three years ago today, India, for the first time in history, made a promise to its children. With the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education coming into effect on April 1, 2010, every child was guaranteed the fundamental right to eight years of quality education — one that helps them to acquire basic literacy and numeracy, enjoy learning without fear, and feel valued and included irrespective of where they came from.
April 11 RTE Media Round-table Talking Points
• Education budget has doubled and 11 million more children are now enrolled leaving 99% of India’s rural population with a primary school within a 1 km radius
• 8 million children remain out of school and the integration of these children into age-appropriate class remains a significant challenge. 80 million children drop out of school before completing the full cycle of elementary education
RTE deadline ends, where do we stand?
Right to Education Act (RTE) enforcement deadline ended on March 31, 2013. Urmila Sarkar, Chief of Eeducation, UNICEF India , writes on the priority areas to fulfil the goal.
Watch Time to Take Stock, Time to Discuss RTE:
All Your Questions Answered - Ms. Urmila Sarkar, Chief Education, UNICEF India gives you an overview of the Right to Education Act, the progress achieved so far and challenges ahead in implementing the RTE Act in India.
Feature Story: Children in Mumbai Slums Learning Better with the School Excellence Programme
“Salaam-aleikum!” the students chime, raising their open palms to their foreheads in an army-style salute, when Chand Sultana Khaleel, the Head of HP Keluskar Marg Municipal School No.2 in Mumbai steps into a room where class II is underway..
Every day, the head of the school observes a couple of classes to make sure education meets the standards required by a new project which is being implemented jointly in this school by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and UNICEF with the support of Mckinsey and Company, and Naandi Foundation.
Feature Story - Early Lessons Make a Difference
Thirty-two-year- old Jamuna Thakore dances generously with the young children, as if she was one of them. Children follow her singing and enacting with matching enthusiasm.
Report: Annual Status of Education Report
This document provides data on measureable indicators of RTE from 2010-2012.
In ASER 2012, 331,881 households were reached in 16,166 villages and 567 rural districts. In ASER 2012, close to 600,000 children (age 3-16) were surveyed and approximately 450,000 children (age 5-16) were asked to simple reading, arithmetic and English tasks.
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Time to Take Stock, Time to Discuss RTE: Tracking progress - Drinking water:
Close to 73 per cent all schools visited according to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2012), drinking water was available. However, just under 17 per cent did not have drinking water facility at all. More
Time to Take Stock, Time to Discuss RTE: Professional Qualified Teachers
Teachers play an invaluable role in creating a child-friendly school environment and ensuring that the RTE Act is a reality for all children in the country. The Right to Education Forum Report (2010-2011) reported that eight states in India had less than 50 per cent of teachers who were professionally qualified.