Lokadrusti

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Children

Project Period

15 Mar 2014 - 14 Mar 2015

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Introduction

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into force on April 1, 2010. The Act provides the right of children from 6 to 14 years of age to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education in a neighborhood school. This act puts the responsibility of ensuring enrollment, attendance and completion of education on the government and makes state and local bodies accountable for the implementation. However the reality is something different. The issue further intensifies in specific context of Nuapada district where there is high rate of migration. Besides the low level of literacy, tribals are culturally alienated from mainstream government education especially with regards to curriculum and medium of instruction, as they have their own languages, traditions, ways of living, holidays, history etc. This has further lead to low enrolment and high drop-out rates as the local community cannot connect with the present education system. A number of children migrate with their parents and gets into the labour activities is gross violation of right to education act. Further the situation of the girl children is worst in this context. Although elementary education is now a fundamental right of every child in India, the reality for tribal children is that they are deprived of not only their educational right along with other child rights.

Impact by partner
  • All children in project area (20 villages) are rescued from work as child labour and mainstreamed into formal schools Increased enrolment of children in school (disaggregated by gender and ST/SC)
  • Community management leading effective functioning of schools
  • Government and community-based systems supporting RTE and child rights strengthened through evidence-based advocacy and community mobilization