CRY promotes “My School Campaign”

10 Sep

Kolkata, Sept 9 (IBNS) Amid the presence of some of the most popular Bangla band singers, Child Rights and You (CRY) on the occasion of World Literacy Day on Thursday organized a campaign called “My School Campaign” which was meant to highlight children’s vision of a perfect school.

 

Part of the campaign was exhibition of post cards and drawings by children from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Manipur who had written how they envisage a perfect school.

The exhibition was a visual expression of these children’s aspirations and their vision of a perfect school.

Their vision included small things like play ground, school dress, midday meal, cleanliness, computer, library, health check-up, and basic amenities like drinking water, toilets and school buildings. A school where there was no discrimination.

This initiative of CRY is to bridge the gap between the have and have-not. The main aim of CRY was to create awareness about child rights which include Right To Free Education (RTE).

The campaign threw light on how children in the rural areas and the urban slums are being devoid of basic facilities in school.

CRY depicted the enormous gap between what Constitution ensures and what the reality is.

Atindronath Das, Regional Director CRY, said that Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT of 2009 for children belonging to 6-14 years age group has not been implemented properly.

He said that “awareness is important but along with that State govt. has to take responsibility to implement the Act.”

He threw light on how CRY is monitoring the implementation of the Act by collecting primary data from government schools across the country.

He also expressed his concern about the problem of growing school dropouts as well as child labour.

Abhik Bhattacharya, Senior Manager, Media Advocacy, CRY, said that it is important to make parents understand the importance of education and in turn change the mindset of a community at large.

Sidhu of Cactus band, Anindya Chattopadhya of Chandrabindu band and singer Nipobithi attended the Kolkata campaign which was part of the National Campaign.

Sidhu supporting the cause said “we were fortunate enough to go to a school with good teachers, play grounds and proper infrastructure…but we need to help many who are devoid of such facilities.”

Nipobithi suggested that “we can bring smile on the faces of these children by contributing in our own way..like buying dresses which will also make us happy.”

According to CRY, more than 35 million children are out of school now. Only one in six of 1.7 million rural schools have toilets.

It says 60% schools have less than two teaches to teach in class I and V while 40 million children are working in India.

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