School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE)

National Consultation on School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

New Delhi, July 18, 2013: A “National Consultation on School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (WASH) was organised by Plan India, an organisation that deals with child-centred community development, here on Wednesday. The event shared the achievements of the programme with key decision-makers and other stakeholders and advocated the need to scale up child-friendly facilities. Chief guest , Secretary in Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Pankaj Jain, said the States have to gear up their implementation process so far as WASH was concerned.

Ex-British PM Brown hails Malala as 'powerful symbol' of Right to Education

London, July 12, 2013: Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for going to school, Malala Yousafzai, will address the United Nations in New York on the day of her 16th birthday on Friday,
The Malala Day event has been organized by Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and now U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education.
According to CBS News, in an interview Brown said that the frail young girl who was seriously injured has become such a powerful symbol not just for the girls' right to education, but for the demand that we do something about it immediately.

More than 70% RTE seats go vacant in Nagpur division

Nagpur, July 11, 2013: Though the state government has been promoting 25% seats quota under Right To Education Act (RTE), the latest admission figures are discouraging. In the six districts of Nagpur division, about 71% seats under RTE are still vacant and the state government has reminded school managements they cannot give it to general category students.

Private schools not happy as govt fixes their RTE reimbursement fee at Rs 450

Lucknow, July 7, 2013: Under the Right to Education Act, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to reimburse Rs 450 per student to private schools for education of students belonging to disadvantaged and weaker sections.

Ahead of Malala Yousafzai's UN visit, Ban Spotlights Universal Right to Education

July 8, 2013: With Malala Yousafzai's set to visit United Nations Headquarters on Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of ensuring global access to quality education, and stressed that no girl or boy should face unsafe circumstances when exercising this basic right.
“On 12 July, Malala will be joined by hundreds of students from more than 80 countries in a unique Youth Assembly, where diplomats will take a back seat as young people take over the UN,” Mr. Ban said in an op-ed for the Huffington Post.

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.

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