A one-day seminar on Right to Education (RTE) and Right to Information (RTI) was organised on October 9 at a village in Bagru Municipality of Jaipur in which 30 participants took part. In the seminar, Dr. Lalit Kishore, Dr. Promila Sanjaya, Suresh Kumar Saini and Sandeep Dubey worked as presenters and resource persons for the group work.
The purpose of the seminar, organised by Society for Integrated development activities, research and training (SIDART) - a Jaipur-based NGO, was to make rural people aware about the provisions of RTE and RTI Acts and become articulate about their rights and responsibilities. The creation of parents' associations at the village level for better functioning of schools was emphasized.
During the seminar, sponsored by Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) that has that has mission ? in the service of democracy, peace and development?, it was revealed by the participants that teachers in many schools not only rebuke and punish children but even do not teach properly. They do not stay in the villages and do up and from nearby block level towns. Government school teachers send their own children to private schools and have no stake in the schools they work for and earn their livelihood from.
The leaflets in Hindi on RTI and RTE were transacted during the seminar and information generated by four groups on different developmental sectors was shared and information gaps were filled through interaction with the resource persons. Being a funder to SIDART, the presence of HSF representatives was appreciated. HSF is one of six non-profit political organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany that promotes citizens? engagement in democracy, rule of law, and social market economy.
The spread of awareness about RTE is urgently required since Bagru has an average literacy rate of 52%, lower than the national average of 59.5%. In this area, about 66% of the males and 34% of females are literate as per the latest available data. Moreover, 18% of the population is under 6 years of age and soon will be ready to avail the right to education of reasonable quality.
Bagru, inhabited by Raiger and Chhipa community, is known for natural dyes and hand block printing. It is said that people of Chhipa community are involved in the block printing tradition for the last 100 years. On the other hand Raiger community people are involved in processing and manufacturing of lather and their products.