Right to education to eradicate illiteracy


Education kindles the latent lamp of consciousness. A nation without education is like a ship without rudder. Swami Vivekananda emphasised on the necessity of imparting education and said education is the backbone of human race – an essential aspect that brings forth an individual in the midst of the society as a man of true humankind. Keeping such noble view of the great monk in mind, it is our first and foremost duty to convey the basic knowledge of the three R’s among the deprived. Imparting the value of education is good worth, but remote villages are deprived of getting the opportunity of proper education. The fate of the children of such far-off villages is plunged into the ditch of obscurity, which is indeed a subject of embarrassment for a country.
The government of India has taken a venture of conveying the opportunity of education among the children of marooned communities under the aegis of ‘The Right to Education Act’ (RTE). The RTE makes it mandatory on the state to guarantee the right to education and ensure compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by every child of 6 to 14 years. It is a subject of contentment that the three basic goals of RTE will facilitate the children coming from poor and underprivileged families. These benefits are bringing poor children to school-ensuring that all schools meet specified norms, and certifying that all children receive quality schooling. The stated benefits would show a new horizon of hope for the downtrodden children to touch and emerge out of the catacomb of ignorance. With the passage of time, RTE will change the face of education in India. It will not be out of place if it is stated that RTE is a realistic and achievable  objective that will change the coun-tenance of education in India. It is a marathon expedition to fully  change the facade of education.  It is a matter of deep concern that is to be concentrated that a wide gap is formed between what is shown to us through various media and data and what is the ground reality. Various documentary films are televised regarding ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ – a mission of inculcating the value of education in remote villages. Schools are established and education is imparted in interior hamlet. Campaigning is conducted under the said banner with a mission to convince parents to send their wards for schooling. Teachers are duly appointed, but the outcome of the ‘Abhiyan’ is discouraging. The nation still sees the dropouts and searching waste in the heap of garbage. There are villages confronting with lack of schools, teachers and toilets –proper sanitation is a far cry.
The Narendra Modi gov-ernment at the Centre has taken a venture to change the infrastructure of the schools with the provision of proper sanitation and amenities. Separate toilets for girls and boys are included in its manifesto. Proper classrooms, sufficient well-qualified teachers are facilitated, so that the deprived sections get an opportunity to have quality education. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a man of optimistic bent of mind who envisages all pros and cons as how to uplift the isolated section, and as such, he is persistently endeavouring to provide with all amenities for it. The act ‘Right to Education’ is fostering a horizon of hope of opportunity to eradicate illiteracy. Mass support is necessary to keep the mission in existence.
*Author is faculty member at Shakuntala vidyalaya


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