129th Birth anniversary; Equality of opportunity in education.
On 14th November 2020, Children’s day was celebrated, commemorating the 129 th birth anniversary of Shri. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. His love for the children needs no mirror for an exhibition. It also forms a strong base for the day to be celebrated as ‘Children’s day.’ On the eve of this day, a clarion call is made to all the government functionaries, business philanthropies, and communities to fulfill their commitments, opportunity and take actions for child rights now.
Before celebrating the day in a grandeur manner, let us ensure and commit a quintessential thing for any transformation ahead. It should be making every child has every right. The children’s day should be to build an ensuing better world for young people while also fulfilling their Right to Education opportunity.
Moreover, the ministry of education assures that essential quality of life is their right to education. It could be attempted through Equality of opportunity without any discrimination on any grounds viz. caste, creed, color, or even status.
A society that doesn’t give any importance to education cannot progress at any level. The type of Government stands immaterial at this juncture, but it should resolve to make the country shine in the field of education.
Contemporary India visions that education should encapsulate with numerous opportunities and hope for a bright future to secure child rights. We should take steps to aid the initiative to keep the Gross Enrolment Ratio in preschool through secondary school by 2030.
Keeping the pace of imparting education to all, a lot of energy is a need. It can be done if government provides adequate and sufficient infrastructure to access safe and engage school education.
Also, careful tracking of students with appropriate monitoring of their learning to achieve universal school participation must be taught. Mechanisms should establish consistent students’ consistent attendance and provide suitable opportunities for remediation and re-entry if the student has fallen behind.
Travel so far:
On the 129th birth anniversary of Shri Panditji, let us analyze education’s journey to all or Equality of opportunity in education.
Also, Successive Indian governments have undertaken essential policy initiatives to address the issues. Beginning from the National Education policy of 1968, then the National policy on education for children of 1974 to the National Policy on Education of 1986. The emphasis has been on ensuring Universal Access to Education at all levels. In 2001,
‘ Sarva Shikshya Abhiyan’ aimed at providing elementary education to all in a time-bound manner. The Right of Children to free and compulsory Education (RTE) came into force in 2009 simultaneously. Making free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 a primary and fundamental right,
After that with an aspect of retaining and enhancing children’s learning level at all school education levels, the Samara Shiksha Abhiyan started in 2018 with the motto, ‘Education to all.’
Is the attainment of all the schemes, a successful one? In the age of this covid-19 pandemic, achieving these goals has become all the most essential. But UNESCO has estimated a rise in dropouts. It could also be a reversing factor in the developments made so far. But let us stand committed in re-energising the Indian education system by providing universal access to education.