Siddhartha Vashishta Charitable Trust Panel Discussion on RTE Presented by Gaurav Passy (SVCT NGO) Yuh Konishi (SVCT NGO)
Right to Education Act (RTE)• Every child between the ages of 6 to 14 years has the right to free and compulsory education. This is stated as per the 86th Constitution Amendment Act added Article 21A. The right to education act seeks to give effect to this amendment.• The government schools shall provide free education to all the children and the schools will be managed by school management committees (SMC). Private schools shall admit at least 25% of the children in their schools without any fee.• The National Commission for Elementary Education shall be constituted to monitor all aspects of elementary education including quality.
Role of NGO’s in RTE• Government alone without civil society involvement cannot fully implement the RTE• There is need to mobilise resources in favour of the Act; State Governments also have to accept a sense of urgency – Possibly NGOs and Governments have to work together to make this happen and make the Right of Education of every child a reality• NGO’s can ensure opening of neighbourhood schools, monitoring teacher availability, and help in local redressal mechanisms with Govt. organization.
What is SVCT• Siddhartha Vashishta Charitable Trust is an ISO 9001:2008 registered non-profit organisation based in New Delhi, India. The Trust was initiated after seeing the harsh realities and problems that plague our society today, particularly the sorry state of children of the jailed inmates and the demon of cancer affecting so many.• The children of the jailed inmates are suffering for crimes they have never committed; and the stigma along with unavailability of resources compounds their misery. These children also deserve a chance at life. The trust tries to provide education to these children alotreatment at an early stage to increase chances of survival.
Our on-going activity : The objective is toprovide education fees, books and uniform to the children ofconvicts. : SVCT holds medical and cancer detection camps for theunderprivileged; organizes film shows to demonstrate selfexamination techniques, exhibition of educational posters on cancerprevention and hazards of tobacco consumption. : Facilitatestheir vocational training &helps them in getting suitable jobs orsetting up their own business enterprise.
Our on-going activity : The objective is to promote creativity by supporting fine arts among inmates. : Short term training for college students in social work.
How SVCT is contributing in RTE• SVCT NGO was initiated after seeing the harsh realities and problems faced by the children of the jailed inmates.• The children of the jailed inmates are suffering for crimes they have never committed; and the stigma along with unavailability of resources compounds their misery. These children also deserve a chance at life.• The trust tries to provide education to these children along with uniforms, books and medical assistance, etc.• Today the trust is helping around 369 inmate children.
HUMAN TOUCH Application by the needy convicts are received by the Trust for educational assistance. After receiving the applications, the staff conducts a survey, to verify the information and the need for school fees or any other assistance. If the applicant is found eligible the, Trust provides: School Fee to the wards of the convicts, School uniform (both summer & winter) along with shoes. Books, school bags and stationery. Our staff/volunteer visits the convicts’ house for regular follow-ups regarding their needs and also counsel them to lead a life of dignity and respect. For collecting the fees, books, etc. if any member from the convict’s family comes to our office, a conveyance allowance is of Rs. 50/- is also given.
VisionThe children of inmates suffer forwant of education, books andmedical attention as usually theirearning parents are in jail and theyalso become stigmatic.Therefore, we at SVCT feel that it isour moral duty to try, help out &support as many families aspossible.These children have done nothingwrong & deserve a chance to buildtheir future like all other children.They should not pay for themistakes of their parents.By helping these children, we willhelp to build a better society.
Objectives• To make educational and medical aid available to the families of poor and underprivileged jail inmates• To help develop self worth in them through interactive and educational sessions• To help them face life with their heads held high To give them a feeling that they are not outcast from the society• To ensure that they do not get frustrated and take to wrong ways• To help build a secure society, which has love and forgiveness; not condemnation
Methodology• We create a database of all the families of the poor and underprivileged jail inmates• We provide education and medical help to the children of the jail inmates• We conduct effective events and interactive sessions to counsel them as to how to go forward in life• In case the person in jail was the only earning member in the family, we provide adequate job opportunities and professional training complete with valid certifications to someone who can earn in his family• We also set up adequate medical camps to treat the families free of cost or at nominal costs within their localities
Achievement by SVCT• In the first year itself the Human Touch Child Education program took up the educational responsibility of 91 children of 44 convicts and provided them with school fees, school bags, books, stationeries, uniform for both winter/summer along with shoes.• In the subsequent year the number of children of convicts supported by the human touch child education program increased greatly and the number of children being supported by the trust today stands at 369 students. In this year the Trust has also extend their helping hand to those students who want to pursue graduation/post graduation and other professional courses, so that they can establish themselves and can support there families.
Courses being pursued by the wardsof jail inmates supported by SVCT:
Path Ahead for SVCT in RTE No. of Children 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 No. of Children 2000 0 Year Year Year 2012 2015 2020No. of Children 369 1000 10,000
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