India's Shame: Marginalized Children Still Deprive of Education

India's Shame: Marginalized Children Still Deprive of Education

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 28 April 2014, 12:36 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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BANGALORE: There is a famous saying that states “Children are the pillars of future society,” but are  children especially belonging to marginalized section of India molded in the right way to be the pillars of future society? Absolutely not, stated Human Rights Watch in a report entitled ‘They Say We’re Dirty’: Denying an Education to India’s Marginalized, that was recently released.
As per the report, the school management in the country is found discriminating against children from marginalized communities by denying them their right to education.

Unfortunately such cases are found in India even after the Parliament passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, which applies to all children between the ages of 6 and 14. It was enacted in 2010. The text of the act recognizes discrimination as the “single most important challenge in universalizing elementary education.”

Jayshree Bajoria, India researcher and author of the report said, “India’s immense project to educate all its children risks falling victim to deeply rooted discrimination by teachers and other school staff against the poor and marginalized. Instead of encouraging children from at-risk communities who are often the first in their families to ever step inside a classroom, teachers often neglect or even mistreat them.”

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1: Any number of laws cannot change the situation overnight.
Implementation with conviction is key to achieving any meaningful progress. The living syndrome makes people immune to such disparities in basic living conditions i.e. if you are living in India you don't feel a thing and all you do is try to avoid the poor neighborhoods or close your eyes and walk away. It kind of bothers when you are outside where you can see a contrast and want to do something about it but the thought/feeling gets watered down when you get into the system.

With the economic gains made in the past two decades it hardly takes much to fix the issue. First we need to start the uncontrolled baby production especially by the women on the street who are forced to have sex without knowing the consequences or for a small amount of food....Government should step up efforts to take these women off the streets and provide birth-control education and provide some assistance to live and work to earn a decent living. Assuming there are 50 million such women it takes a billion a year to tackle the issue which is nothing compared to the burden the society has to bear with the uncontrolled population. but the amount quadruples when you take into account the corruption that surrounds any government program. but it is still worth tackling.

next try to address the issues for the children by enforcing schooling by providing food, shelter, education etc.

but hey...I am thinking utopia..never gonna happen...political parties want votes that they can buy...and if you educate the masses they will not sell their we are back to Square Indira Gandhi..
Posted by:raj - 30 Apr, 2014