School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE)

UN Envoy and Young Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai Launch Drive for Safe, Universal Education

June 17, 2013: A 15-year-old Pakistani girl targeted by assassins – Malala Yousafzai – is the first signatory of a new worldwide petition calling for urgent action to ensure the right of every child to safely attend school, launched today with the backing of the United Nations Special Envoy for Education.
The launch came in the wake of an attack that killed 14 students at an all girls' college in Pakistan, emphasized Special Envoy Gordon Brown, in an op-ed published today in the Huffington Post.
“This, the bloodiest atrocity yet in escalating violence against fem

Schools heave a sigh of relief as Maharashtra govt softens RTE norms

Aurangabad, July 6, 2013: With the Maharashtra government softening its norms under the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, 77 city schools can now heave a sigh of relief.
With the revision of norms, these 77 Aurangabad schools will be now eligible under the RTE ambit and will not face action from the zilla parishad (ZP).
In a directive issued on June 29, the state relaxed norms for schools laid under the Act, including playgrounds, urinals, ramps, water facilities, compound walls, kitchen sheds and classrooms.
The region has around 1,046 primary schools, of which

25% reserved seats unfilled in schools? Leave them vacant

Mumbai, July 4, 2013: The school education department has directed schools to fill 25% seats reserved under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act with students from economically backward sections of society or keep them vacant. The June 22 directive is effective from this academic year.
Last year, many schools had filled up seats that were vacant after admissions under RTE with regular students, in violation of the act.

Right to Education Act receives lukewarm response in Gujarat

Ahemdabad, July 4, 2013: Three years after the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) was implemented on April 1, 2010, the state government has failed to mobilize poor students who can take benefit of the Act and get admission in private schools for free education.
A pilot project initiated by the Ahmedabad district education office (DEO) to enroll 2,000 economically backward students in leading private schools in the city has come a cropper - only 35 applications were received by the authorities from the poor families.

Right to Education: Last day to apply in Vadodara schools

Vadodara, June 29, 2013: Saturday is the last day for availing the benefit of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the district.
The state education department has decided to implement certain norms under the RTE to enroll 25 per cent poor and socially backward students in class I.
In Vadodara, where the administration has taken a lead in implementing the norms, 800 children will be offered free education in schools.

NGO opens institution for Mumbai kids shunned by schools

Mumbai, June 29, 2013: Unable to secure admission for poor children under the Right to Education (RTE) law, a Mumbai NGO Saturday launched an institution exclusively for those denied entry to regular schools.
Christened "RTE School India", it was launched by a few like-minded people led by non-profit organisation Desh Seva Samiti (DSS) director Avisha Kulkarni, at her home in Goregaon in north Mumbai.
"These children are from the most economically weaker sections like rag-pickers, or from families of domestic workers, autorickshaw drivers and hawkers and we shall impa

Odisha CM urges Centre to increase of intake capacity of the existing Teachers Training institutions

Odisha, June 29, 2013: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urges Union HRD Minister Palam Raju to relax teacher qualification norms under Right to Education. On this regards CM Naveen Patnaik writes a letter to Union HRD Minister Palam Raju.
CM Patnaik in his letter said that, “Improving the quality of education in the schools necessitates the strengthening of Teacher Training Institutions (TTIs) for induction of qualified teacher into the schools.

11% of government schools lack toilets, 20% do not have safe drinking water, reveals CRY study

New Delhi, June 27, 2013: Yet another report has criticized the government for tardy implementation of the right to education (RTE). While the three-year deadline for implementation passed in April, 11% schools are still without toilets, 20% don't have safe drinking water and 74% are without a library. The report by the organization Child Rights and You (CRY) also states that 61% schools demand proof of age, which is not required under the Act.

Close to 4000 budget schools may close in the Andhra

Hyderabad, June 27, 2013: Closure of about 4000 budget schools in the name of implementing the Right to Education Act, will badly hit education of the Children belonging to poorer sections because of the absence of a school in the neighborhood or their inability to afford costly schools, said State Lok Satta Party Vice President D V V S Varma here today.
In a media statement, Varma said the Government decision is thoughtless in that it comes at a time education is in a parlous state.
Quoting Government data, Varma said there are 3193 Government primary schools with le

First model school inaugurated by Union Minister for Human Resources Development MM Pallam Raju

Nalgonda, Hyderabad, June 23, 2013: Union minister for human resources development MM Pallam Raju on Saturday said the Right to Education Act has benefited about 19 crore students all over the country.
He was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating Adarsha Pathasala (model school) at Karivirala village of Nadiguda mandal in Nalgonda district.

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