There is a need for a sustained campaign to create awareness in every school, among those who need to be brought into school and among those who implement the Right to Education Act as to the various provisions of this Act. This was stated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at a meeting of State Education Ministers on the subject of community mobilization and public awareness for Right to Education (RTE) held here today. Shri Sibal expressed confidence that he would get support from the State Governments in this effort. Shri Sibal underlined that the Central and the State Government have to work together so that RTE does not falter.
Shri Sibal outlined some of the work undertaken in the RTE in the country. Stating that 20 States have notified rules, he pointed out that in states which have not done so, it is the children who are suffering. He has also said that the teachers’ eligibility test has been undertaken and eight years academic cycle has been brought in by the states. But he emphasized on the continuing need for the Government and the civil society to carry the message that education is a right to all people. The community mobilization and public awareness programme for RTE will commence from 11th November wherein a national event will be held in Nuh in Mewat in Haryana on 11th November. Similarly, events are expected to be held in every state and district of the country on that day.
An evocative message from the Prime Minister addressed to the children, with a covering letter from the Minister for Human Resource Development addressed to Head Teachers in all major languages will be mailed to each elementary school in the country and read out by the Head Teacher on 11th November 2011 in the school assembly in the presence of children/teachers/SMC members/Local Authority members, etc. during a day-long function in the school. This will be sent to all 13 lakh schools in the country.
The national event will be a starting point for a yearlong campaign for making school RTE compliant. The approach for this includes:-
• State level meetings with national and state peoples’ networks, youth organizations and civil society organizations to participate in this massive national effort.
• Working Group consisting of Government and non-Government persons to carry forward the work at the State level.
• State Working Groups to identify around 30 volunteers in each of the 6000 blocks of the country.
• Block level volunteers to split into 10 groups of 3 persons each to visit all the 13 lakh schools.
• Carry the message of RTE and help the school plan how it would transform into an RTE-compliant school in the course of the next year.