Ensuring Rights to equitable quality education for every children

Education is a vital human right and plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. It is the huge gap between the super rich and the rest of the world population. This divide traps millions in poverty, fracturing our societies and undermining democracy. India is a high inequality country by global standards. Inequality in India is multi-dimensional: There are inequalities in wealth, income and consumption, as well as structural inequalities of opportunity, region and social groups. Education is a leveler in an unequal society like ours. The only way to build a more just society is by ensuring equal opportunity for all. SPAN strives for a full and pro-people implementation of the RTE Act for social transformation by means of strengthening public system of education. Based on the principles that schools must be sites for social integration and public system of education must be functional to meet these basic requirements, SPAN believes strongly that these are also the pre-requisites to wipe off deficit, inequality and poverty as well. Having said so SPAN has a long and persistent follow through of its early intervention of community based education centers ensuring every child to access education as a fundamental right and is also working pretty closely with quite a good number of govt. aided schools across the districts including kolkata, ,and its well meaning functioning. SPAN takes an initiative called 'Anandadhara Shikshayatan' having its current strength as 550 disadvantaged children and 50 more such children added every year in the urban setting to ensure equity quality at the pre-primary and primary level and ensuring the continuation of education till 12th standard. These children are from the resettled migrant families engaged in informal economic activities e.g. hawkers, rickshaw pullers, house maids, construction workers, automobile and transport workers and many such activities. It further steps up the initiatives to work with the govt. aided schools following up the access, retention and continuation in general, and those children's performance in particular. Drop out and out of school children in particular are supported through bridge courses and remedial coaching or admitted to open school system, who are over-aged. Children in the tea garden area, who are vulnerable and often trafficked for labour, in particular, are enrolled in different govt. aided schools, who cooperate significantly. Trafficked victims, having rescued are also admitted to schools. These children are tracked and facilitated to continue education through Intermediary Education Centers and Adolescent group exercises in the 25 gardens under Mal, Matiali and Nagrakata Blocks. SPAN both at State and National level is actively involved in getting engaged with the stakeholders raising the issues of implementation gap and policy deficits through networking and advocacy action.