Education is believed to be the only means for a developing nation like India to develop widely and hence the RTE (Right To Education) Act was implemented in the year 2009 enforcing free and compulsory education to all children between 6 to 14 years. RTE Act’s main goal has been to achieve 100% literacy rate across the country and increase the awareness levels.
According to a survey in 2013 conducted in 780 Government Schools across 13 Indian States, key facilities such as toilets and drinking water were mostly found missing or in a poor condition. Added to this, there is the problem of lack of teachers for the large numbers of children attending the government schools. Against this backdrop, access to education is problematic for India’s poor and it makes it difficult for appropriate education to be imparted to the children.
Kriti works with the Department of Education to share the concerns regarding teacher attendance, performance and school infrastructure. Over a period of time we have seen that as school enrolment improves, the department allocates more teachers to the schools. With better infrastructure and support, it is also easier to attract government teachers to take up posting in the school and thus the school improves and sustains at a higher level than before the intervention. Advocacy towards sustainability of the government schools with better government support is a key element of the project