[eebill] FW: Invitation - Public Hearing on 30.01.2005 (from SJ + more on R-Day)

maybe SJ's R-Day gift! Lovely-ji offered more 20% BPL:

mpisg spent R-Day figuring out options for compliance, rather follow-up, on court order in our pil for DMP equal access neighbourhood schooling - at neighbourhood level. will post details anon (one thing mentioned often was the misleading media, another the question that with state bashing private schools and lawyers bashing state schools are NGOs/Coke going to do, with our 2% cess, the "we can do it" that President called for in his R-Day ad - good question, i say, esp after LG endorsed in his R-Day piece both "bhagidaari" and this DMP revision)



(No to Child Labour-Yes to Education­)

478-479, Lawyers' Chambers,

Western Wing, Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi-110054.

Phone: 23910014

Fax: 23986541

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Subject: Public Hearing on Right to Education at Chetnalaya, Part-2, Gali No. 3, Mukandpur, Near Karnal Bypass, Delhi-110042 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2005.

Dear Friend,

In Delhi, there are more than 15 lacs out-of-school children in the age group 6-14 years. In Bhalaswa-Jahangirpuri area alone, out of 5 lacs population, 1 lac children in age group 6-14 years are out of school, who are involved in one or the other work. In this area, there is rampant involvement of school-age children in ragpicking and agricultural work. It is estimated that in this area, more than 50,000 children are engaged in ragpicking, agricultural work, domestic work, matchstick work and sibling care. In this area, there are 32 MCD schools and 15 Govt.-run schools in which 47,000 children are studying. The children of these schools are facing a large number of difficulties because of shortage of teachers, teachers do not teach, absence of basic infrastructure like drinking water, toilet block, adequate number of classrooms, cleanliness, playground, desks, blackboards, books, ramps, special toilets etc.

In the Mukandpur alone, which is part of Bhalaswa-Jahangirpuri area and have a population of 1.5 lacs, there is no Govt. school at all. However, there is one (double shift) MCD primary school in which total number of 2,700 students are studying. It has six classrooms out of which one is used as a store. In the classrooms, half of the students sit inside the classroom while the rest sit outside the classrooms. There is no toilet block nor there is any provision for drinking water. In a nutshell, it can be said that the conditions of the school are horrible.

Despite repeated complaints from the parents of the area, the Govt. and the MCD have failed to pay any attention. In this backdrop, it has been decided to hold a Public Hearing on Sunday, January 30,2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chetnalaya, Part-2, Gali No. 3, Mukandpur, near Karnal Bypass, Delhi-110042, in which more than 3,000 parents of the area are expected to participate and to present their grievances in regard to the difficulties being faced by them in the matter of school education of their children.

Knowing your concern about the children's right to education, we invite you to attend and participate in the Public Hearing.

With regards,

Yours Sincerely

(Ashok Agarwal)

Advocate, Convener

Take School to Children Campaign


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