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A Child in School can Help a Family Break the Cycle of Poverty!
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    Children from vulnerable communities to secure free and quality education through RTE

    from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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Eight-year-old Shehanoor curiously flips through the pages of her new storybook and shows her Ammi the colourful pictures on it. She reads as her mother watches her with pride. “Compound words are the hardest”, she says and hesitates a moment before confidently tackling them. Shehanoor, daughter of Furquan, a scrap worker, lives in a makeshift hut in an impoverished neighbourhood of Luvkush Nagar, Lucknow with her parents and two siblings. Shahanoor is a first-generation school goer in her family. Four years ago, when RightWalk team knocked on her door to find a child with little to no means to go to school they swung into action. She was one among the many children in Uttar Pradesh for whom school was nothing but a distant dream.
She was enrolled in school through Right to Education Act 12.1.(c) that enabled children from deprived backgrounds to attend private schools. Today, Shahanoor is a 3rd standard student of Pragya Public School, Lucknow and has a chance at a better future. Children from different socio-economic backgrounds, who would otherwise not be given equal opportunities, now come together in a classroom. These kids are transforming Indian classrooms into inclusive, diverse space of thought and practice.


Although many poor families desire to send their children to school, awareness about the 25% reservation for poor children in RTE 12.1.(c) is practically non-existent among vulnerable groups. The potential beneficiaries of the Act stand at a whopping number of 6 lakhs every year and yet provision was thoroughly under-utilized with only a handful admissions every year. Institutionally, the program suffered much resistance. But, since the past six years RightWalk has been determined to bridge this glaring disparity.


RightWalk assists families and children in the admission process -from introducing mass awareness campaigns to devising user manuals and providing post educational support, we hand hold them through the registration process. We ensure that no child’s chance leaks out through the system for every child deserves the right to education and RTE 12.1.(c) transforms education institutions to inclusive and sensitive spaces of learning and development with a lessened burden of deprivation. We at RightWalk Foundation have been a formidable force in U.P’s educational strides since 2015. We have been instrumental in unlocking Right to Education Act 12.1.(c) directly impacting the lives of 2.38 Lakh children from vulnerable communities. The Act is now actualized in 12,000 schools over 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh making it one of RightWalk’s prestige ongoing projects. Under RTE 12.1.(c), every child enrolled under it receives 10 years of free, high quality education as well as Rs. 5000 annually for uniforms and school supplies. In addition, RightWalk launched Post Admission Learning Support (PALS) to provide academic help to children who receive little to no learning assistance from home.RightWalk has successfully unlocked public money for RTE 12.1.(c) implementation. For every 1 rupee we spend, 100 rupees of public finance is released for RTE. This policy can potentially break the cycle of poverty and fast track vulnerable families into progress. Additionally, the induction of poor students into the private school system has the potential to transform classrooms into intersectional spaces where children from different walks of lives can come together and expand their minds. Hence, work in collaboration with the government to make lasting institutional changes.


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