The passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 marked a historic moment for the children of India. For the first time in India’s history, children were guaranteed their right to quality elementary education by the state with the help of families and communities.
The Act came into force on April 1, 2010 and specified a three year timeline for meeting provisions related to the rights of children, teachers, schools and monitoring with a focus on child friendly and child centered curriculum.
The last day of this month, 31 March 2013, is the first major deadline of the RTE and represents a very important milestone in its implementation. While progress is evident, it is widely acknowledged that much remains to be done in order to achieve the targets set by the Act.
It is an important moment to take stock on the progress that has been made as well as the gaps and bottlenecks for its effective implementation.
Over the next few weeks, through reports, human interest stories and photo-stories , we will be taking a closer look at these challenges and bottlenecks and also give you an update on its implementation in all the states.