India Launches Children’s Right to Education

from The BBC

Indian children in schoolIt is now legally enforceable for every child to demand free and elementary education between the ages of six and 14 years.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh said enough funds would be made available to ensure that children had access to education.

An estimated eight million children aged between six and 14 do not currently attend school in India.

Mr Singh said that the government was committed “to ensuring that all children irrespective of gender and social category have access to education”.

Recalling his own childhood, Mr Singh, a qualified economist, said: “I read under the dim light of a kerosene lamp. I am what I am totally because of education.”

“So I want that the light of education should reach to all,” Mr Singh added.

‘Building block’

Analysts say the law marks a historic moment for India’s children.

“It serves as a building block to ensure that every child has the right to guaranteed quality elementary education. The state, with the help of families and communities, has a legal obligation to fulfil this duty,” said Karin Hulshof, India representative of UN children’s fund Unicef. keep reading at news.bbc.co.uk

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