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Time to Take Stock, Time to Discuss RTE
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 state.

Education Gets a New Lease of Life
UNICEF offers support through programmes like school libraries to promote reading and age appropriate sports and physical education activities in an attempt to make schooling attractive for children.

Angwadi Workers Go Back to ‘School’
MORIGAON, India, 5 February, India - The students listen with rapt attention to an instructor teaching her students the correct way to monitor a child’s growth using the recently-introduced WHO Child Growth Standards chart.

Beyond Chalk and Talk –Imparting Vocation to the Young
The IBT Programme (also known as the Parivartan Shiksha Abhiyan, to signal the changes that education needs) was started in 2011 to promote work-centred education.

Sports for Development and Peace Building
UNICEF’s engagement in Sukma district is part of humanitarian response to address issues that emerged due to the civil strife. Among other initiatives, sports and physical eucation were seen as activities that could help children deal with the trauma.

Emerging From Behind Closed Doors
The Deepshikha programme works to bring education and empowerment to these adolescent girls and, in the long-term, to ensure increased participation in decision-making that affects them.

Investing in Adolescents Can Break Cycles of Poverty and Inequity
NEW DELHI 25 February 2011- Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report.

Educating girls in Madhya Pradesh
SHIVPURI, India, 7 January 2010 – Eleven-year-old Lakshmi used to wake up early each morning to prepare breakfast of for her family in village Rajapur in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

Giving voice to children
The BR Ambedkar Auditorium in Sanga Reddy, Medak district, is resounding with children’s voices – there are slogans, songs, laughter and discussions.

Informed adolescents prevent exploitation
Seventeen year old Bhargavi will never forget the day she went visiting Rajini’s house and learnt that the girls’ sister, Anamika, had been lured to Pune in search of a job as a domestic.

Meena Manch prevents child marriage
The Meena Manch (Girls’ Club) established in Islampur school of Goraul block in Vaishali district is unique. The first decision in the first meeting of the Meena Manch was to enroll all out-of-school children.

Sajida takes wing
Sajida, a 12 year-old Muslim give, lives with her two brothers and two sisters in Gundlav village of Valsad District, Gujarat. Her father, a businessman and mother a housewife, are not educated.

Baby Kumari Leads The Way
No one from her family had ever been to school. Everyone in the family worked, even Babykumari’s ten-year old sister. The daily income earned by the entire family ranged between Rs 50-60. But this was limited to whenever work was available.

Building A New Future
Minarul Haque Mondal did not know of life outside his work in a brick factory. Since the age of four, when his family migrated from Assam to Rajasthan, Minar was sucked into the labour force.

A Real Life Hero
Swarupa was only 12 years old when her father put her to work on hybrid cottonseed farms in Chityala, a small village in Parigi Mandal in Ranga Reddy district, Andhra Pradesh. Every morning at 7.00 am, Swarupa would start cross pollination...

Going to school is the best part of my day
“I love going to school. The tiredness goes away when I am in school.” The three and a half hours in the afternoon are the only time when Weela Rajak can really enjoy herself.

Stepping out from the shadows of the past
The people of Guradia Dewara village in the Jalawar district of Rajasthan are very traditional minded and follow many old customs. Women habitually cover their faces with a long veil and are not allowed to sit together with males at meeting places...

Child reporters bring grassroots issues to the fore...
Sohagpur (Hoshangabad), Madhya Pradesh, December 2007: A group of girl students in village Gunadari in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh are spearheading a campaign to open a high school for girls near or in their village...

Inspiring initiatives by Meena Manch
The Manch is a forum of school girls, inspired by the animation series “Meena”, produced by UNICEF to promote the value and rights of the girl child.

Mobile school for migrant children
The children of Bidokhar village, 13 kms south of Bharua Sumerpur block of Hamipur district in Uttar Pradesh, call it Apna Skool.

Sishu Prativa Utsav-2006: Learning for Living
It was all like a dream for Jayanti Sabar, a class 10th student of Nalini Bidya Mandir of Bariguda, Rayagada district, Orissa. She came to the state capital, met the Governor of Orissa and presented her science project.

Meena helps in improving attendance of girls in schools
Panchafula Khandare, an illiterate woman from Parbhani district, Maharashtra, is a daily wage labourer. She travels wherever her work takes her, her young daughter in tow.

An ‘outcast’ tops class, heralding a social change
Jamalpur Village, Lalitpur District, Uttar Pradesh: Seven year old Kamlesh wears a permanent smile today. But this was not the case last year when, subjected to repeated humiliation and teasing at the hands of their upper-caste classmates...

Community stake claim in school education
Daya Ram didn’t know what hit him when his name was called out in a gathering in Turkia village’s upper primary school and he was asked to explain why his daughters were not studying anymore.

Students flood Rajasthan schools
Hanuman Singh is much older than his classmates. He comes to school regularly but still scribbles Hindi alphabets backwards on the walls of the Guru-mitra classroom (a unique room with blackboards on all four walls ).

Gujarat celebrates enrollment of girls in primary schools
Valsad, Gujarat: It was a big day in five-year old Kirti Utana’s life. The drums were beating, village women donned their finest sarees, the streets were decked up with marigold and gulmohur flowers.

400,000 girls achieve improved literacy at Summer Camps in Bihar
Phulwari Sharif, Patna: Khushnasiba Parveen, a student of class IV in a government-run primary school in Patna, had been going to school for four years but could not read a simple sentence.

Munni wants to become a doctor
Munni, a 10-year-old girl from Jhakela village in tribal dominated Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, now studies in a school, something which she could only dream of a couple of years ago.

SSK - Reaching out to the excluded and underprivileged in West Bengal
The Shishu Shiksha Karmasuchi programme( SSK) is one of the most innovative education programmes to reach out to deprived and excluded children in the state of West Bengal

Sister Sudha - educating marginalised girls
Sister Sudha Varghese has been sending girls to school from the Musahar community in Bihar for 20 years. Her institution, Nari Gunjan, has more than 1,500 girls enrolled and runs over 50 centres.

Orphans no more & and back in school - a tale of two sisters
Their home washed away, parents dead, all belongings engulfed by the unforgiving waters of Bay of Bengal yet the two orphan sisters have some thing to look forward to.

Eleven-year old foster mother - back in school
The five Krishnamurthy sisters from Pudupet, in the state of Tamil Nadu, lost their mother in the tsunami that fateful morning on 26 December 2004. Eleven-year-old Sivaranjini has taken on the role of the mother in the family,

Schooling sputtering to a start in flood-affected districts of Bihar
A couplet written on the primary school building in Sitamarhi district's Olipur village aptly sums up the plight of its people.

Kicking to freedom
Imagine living in a hut that even a five year old would have to bend to enter



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