(RTE Right to Education) – Published on The Hindu, July 21, 2012.
Form School Development and Monitoring Committees: The alleged discrimination against children admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota has spurred a group of 15 NGOs to form a joint task force to address such cases, and this will begin as a pilot project in Bangalore. The NGOs will form the task force in consultation with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Education Ministry, Department of Women and Child Development and the Child Welfare Committee. Children will also be part of it.
Some concerns: … //
… The task force will also advocate forming School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs), which now function only in village schools.
It may be mentioned here that the SDMCs have to ensure effective functioning and monitoring of the institution by taking on board parents too.
The SDMCs have the important function of “bringing to the notice of the local authority any deviation from the rights of the child, in particular mental and physical harassment of children, denial of admission and timely provision of free entitlements” … (full text).
CONFINTEA: Education in a context of multiple crisis, on Right to Education Project, by David Archer, not dated.
CONFINTEA VI, final report, by UNESCO, 122 pdf-pages;
Children told to fight for their rights, on The Hindu, July 13, 2012;
Congolese warlord jailed for 14 years for recruiting child soldiers and sending them to the frontline, on Mail Online, by EMILY ALLEN, July 10, 2012.