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Campaign for Right to Education

With the move of these changes of constructive parliament, based on various educational - social researches in tribal hub Palghar and Thane district; the work of availing education to each and every one to its depth is being carried out. With the objective of availability of education to society’s weaker section by different activities like open schools, residential schools, Bhonga schools, schools for katkari girls, various activities were implemented.

Program Objective :-

- Availability of right to education to all the members of the society
- Creation of new and innovative society and preparing the new generation of the country by means of education.
- The underprivileged should be made aware of their rights and justice.
- The tribal areas should be developed educationally, socially, economically.
- Reducing the quantity of child labor working on brick furnace by educating them.
- Living standards of underprivileged should be raised.

Activities for Education Right :-

Mukta Shala :-

The organization surveyed the children of 6 to 14 years age group from 300 village areas of Vada, Bhiwandi and Vasai in the year 2001. In the age group of 6 to 14 years, 3000 children were found out of school. This is around 24 percent of entire 100 percent. The organization implemented the option of open school for these children and enrolled 80% of children in the stream of education and learning.

Vasti Shala :-

Based on the survey of 2001, establishment of residential schools was decided for those children who were unable to pursue their education in a normal way due to any of the various reasons like those who did never go to school or those who left their school during first or second standard or those whose economical or family condition were unfavorable or gowari children, or those children who were residing in far off areas from school or those who were not young enough to join school or due to any other reason. Such schools were named as camp schools. Camp schools were different as children were enrolled in main stream of education after completing their initial learning until the course of standard seventh in camp schools considering their starting level of education similar to that of two year age group.

Similarly, the organisation framed 23 residential schools on 3rd February 2001

Bhonga Shala :-

Many families of tribal abundant districts mainly Palghar and Thane had to relocate from one place to other for their livelihood job of brick furnace. During this relocation, along with the families children of age group 6 to 14 years relocate in abundance compare do that of 0 to 5 years. After leaving off their study during standard first they migrate to work at brick furnace and due to lack of study facilities there on brick furnace after returning to their villages they again get enrolled in first standard and this process continues repeatedly. As it happens repeatedly, these children leave off their study and work at brick furnace as child labor. The major reasons of them being deprived of school education are distance between brick furnace and school, strange place, care taking younger siblings, parent’s ignorance and lack of information towards education etc. After examining all these conditions it was planned to start schools for children nearby brick furnace to avail them access to education.

Immigrated labors after relocating to brick furnace, construct their temporary residence and call it “Bhonga”. Based on this and in the same situation, the concept of “Bhonga shala” raised. Children were educated here by enrolling them in schools.

Work procedure of Bhonga Shala :-

- Children were educated for 110 days and were prepared on this basis.
- Youth who had completed 10th or 12th and who were well known of local language were given required training like Teachers Training.
- Carrying out survey of children by visiting brick furnace and understanding and explaining the number of children eligible for school under required age group.
- Taking their examination.
- Visiting the village – areas from where these children had migrated and enrolling them in the schools of that particular village and carrying out their follow-up.

Achievements :-

- 46% children participated in the period of 1995-96.
- Access to 77% children became possible during the time period of 2004-2005.
- 50 student's participated and 5 Bhonga schools were laid during 1995-96.
- 259 schools and 5100 children were targeted during 2003-2004.
- 35000 children were brought back in the main stream of education by means of Bhonga School.
- Organization prepared draft for “Mahatma Phule Education Assurance Plan” and implemented it throughout Maharashtra to avail right to education to these relocated or migrated children.

Current Status :-

With the declaration of Right to education 2009 to all in the age group of 6 to 14 years, government assured of availing education to all. Bhonga schools were shut down by inducing the rule of shutting down informal education by any method. But still the children of relocated labors working at brick furnace are deprived of education. In this reference, after repeated survey, it is found clear that 70% children of Palghar and Thane district are still deprived of education. A petition has been filed in court for availing right to education to the children of immigrated labors

School for Tribal Katkari Girls :-

Among tribal community, Katkari is a primitive tribe. Girl’s education is least in this tribe. Due to poor economic conditions and lack of literacy, most of the girl children remain uneducated and handles as well as take care of their younger siblings or their landlords or master’s children. Incidentally, in the same year 2002, Sane Guruji training package induced Eklavya Parivartan Vidyalay, a school for resident katkari girls. More than 500 girl children have been educated in this school till date. 268 girls are getting educated at current.

Various activities under education development program of Eklavya Parivartan Vidyalay :-

Keeping in view the important objective that the various skills of girls should be promoted and there personality should be developed on this ground; Training is being given to the uniquely talented girl students of the school through various activities.

1) Karate Training :-

The girls should know to face the distorted situations of our society. Also, they should be able to do their self-defense, the attitude of courage and bravery should be created within them. Karate training is proved to be the base for all these. Girls have been trained till date. Currently, 50 girls are being trained. Amongst them 03 girls are awarded black belt for their special skill.

2) Music Training :-

Girls are fond of music and hence they are trained for playing various musical instruments; and Tabla, harmonica and music are being used for this process. At present 43 girls are getting the training.

3) Stitching Class :-

Training of stitching is given for making them able to prepare their daily consumable clothes and other useful things.

4) Computer Training :-

Everyone should have the knowledge of technology if you have to go further ahead with the speed of the modern era. Computer training is extremely necessary on this ground. For this, they are trained for different computing processes.

5) Science Lab :-

One should be aware of society’s condition on scientific ground. In order to practically show the various scientific experiments that are included in text books and to enhance the scientific point of view of students, the said activity has been executed and is running.

6) Agricultural Activities :-

Information is availed by various agricultural activities for explaining modern agricultural technology and new and innovative agricultural concept. (Includes annulose fertilizer, gardening, planting seedlings etc.)

7) Abacus

8) Drawing & Painting

They have to and have stayed on their own feet and self-dependent with the help of these basic grounds.