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Right to Education awareness campaign kicks off today

Right to Education awareness campaign kicks off today

TNN Jul 11, 2012, 12.50AM IST

PANAJI: The central government's Shiksha ka haq abhiyan campaign, to raise awareness at the grassroot-level about the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, will begin on July 11 with Sattari, where village panchayat members and school heads will be trained and prepared to launch the campaign.
"The block-level training to implement the campaign will begin in all blocks of the Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) starting with Sattari on Wednesday and will end at Canacona on July 20. All village education committee and urban education committee chairpersons, who are heads of local panchayats, etc, and heads of local government and government-aided schools will be familiarized at the training programme with the concept of shiksha ka haq abhiyan," Farell Furtado, Goa SSA project director, said.

The programme will also train the village heads and school heads in survey tools to identify the requirements of the neighbourhood schools as per the provisions of the RTE Act.
"The law gives states time till 2013 to ensure that infrastructure in schools meet the requirements of the RTE Act. We are hoping that a sustained campaign at the community-level will ensure that the RTE delivers. With the help of a questionnaire, volunteers trained by us will first check if schools meet the major provisions of the RTE Act. In January 2013, the data gathered will then be compiled to prepare a report for us to analyse the extent of RTE-compliant schools," Furtado said.
The campaign, after the first training programme ends on July 20, is set to be flagged off by chief minister Manohar Parrikar by July-end. "After the campaign is launched by the chief minister, we will begin our media campaign to raise awareness on the RTE. Para-teachers, cluster and block resource persons of the SSA will be roped in the campaign and survey," Furtado said.
The campaign's idea is to involve local communities to create community awareness about the provisions of RTE, which is about the legal entitlement to basic education for children up to the age of 14 years. The trained SSA personnel will visit schools in teams in each neigbhourhood and hold discussions with the school staff and local community members to draw the requirements of the school to become compliant to the provisions of the RTE by January 2013.
The campaign will cover 905 schools in North Goa and 595 in South Goa starting from the last week of July.

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