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Awaaz Do
8 Million children are not in school. Can we bring in some change together? Yes, now we can.

It is unfortunate that so many children in this country are denied their basic right-the ‘Right to Education’. But not anymore.

The Right to Education Act, which got notified this year, makes it a legal guarantee by the State to provide free and compulsory quality education to every child between 6 -14 years of age..

Thanks to the UNICEF Awaaz Do campaign, we now have an opportunity to support the cause. Awaaz Do is a platform for empowered citizens like us to speak up on the importance of education for every child.

So, let’s all pledge our support by signing up for the cause.
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12-27-2010 08:11 PM
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12-28-2010 12:04 PM
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Copy of email dt. 12.05.2011 from

Let's celebrate the first anniversay of RTE Act


It has been one year since the Right to Education Act came into being; a historic moment for the children of India.

Thank you for supporting the Awaaz Do campaign in this phase of the journey towards realizing our collective dream; a dream of an India where every child has access to quality education and stays in school.

You have lent your voice to the cause and you have been a true advocate for every child's right to education. You really are a champion for children and we couldn't have made it this far without you.

To date, nearly 2,50,000 champions like you have pledged their support for children in India. We have a come a long way over the past year, and we have seen some great achievements.

You will be happy to know that the state rules for the RTE Act have now been notified in 10 states, while five union territories have adopted the central rules. Important amendments regarding children with special needs and minority institutions have also been introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Having the correct legal frame work in place at all levels, is a crucial step to making our dream a reality.

The Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal pledged his support to the Awaaz Do campaign from the start and at the height of the campaign on 25 January 2011, he was presented with a large map of India representing the collective voice of more than two lakh Awaaz Do champions who had then signed up.

On the occasion, at a primary school in New Delhi, he assured the children that the central and state governments are working hard to ensure that in the next three years every school in the country will have clean rooms, separate toilets for boys and girls and one teacher per 30 students.

Bollywood superstar and UNICEF National Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra also pledged her support for the 8 million out-of-school children in India and encouraged her fans to join the campaign as well.

Thousands of Awaaz Do Champions across the country did their bit in their own communities and then shared their stories with us. Some donated books and money to charities that support child education while others blogged about the cause, put the link on their websites and urged their friends to join the campaign through Facebook and Twitter. Some of you even taught children in your communities and many of you resolved to reach out to at least one child this year.

Students in Mumbai organised a marathon to make their fellow students and people on the streets aware of every child's right to education and the Head Boy of a school in Delhi reached out to his fellow students and the neighbourhood to spread the message about the Awaaz Do campaign. All of these stories inspired us and encouraged more people to support the cause

This has been a great beginning. But we still have a long road ahead of us. A tremendous amount of work still needs to be done before the dream is a reality and every child in India goes to school, stays in school and receives a quality education.

This anniversary, let us remind ourselves of the pledge we have made. Let us work together to spread the word every day and do what we can to achieve the promise of RTE and quality education with equity.

Thank You and Awaaz Do!

Urmila Sarkar
Chief of Education

05-12-2011 10:09 PM
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