Press Statement New Delhi / 01 May 2011
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Popular Front of India units across the nation starts its two months long School Chalo (Go to School) Campaign today in order to ensure that all boys and girls go to school from primary to secondary levels. During the months of May and June which is the school admission period in most states, Popular Front cadres and units will be engaged in field work for taking all children of their localities to school.
Various programmes like poster publicity, household student search surveys, assistance in enrolling children in school and readmission of drop outs, distribution of school kits, scholarship schemes and parent awareness classes will be undertaken at the local level. The project will be more concentrated in educationally backward areas. The state committees of of the organisation will identify certain villages for continuous follow up works to develop them as “Sarva Shiksha Gram”. In order to ensure that poor and meritorious students are not dropped out from school, local sponsors will be asked to “Adopt a Child” till the end of his/her education.
Though the Right to Education Act has made education of every child between 6 and 14 a fundamental right, it still remain as yet another unfulfilled promise. Instead of depending on the bureaucracy alone, both the central and state governments should support the efforts of voluntary organizations in order to fulfill this constitutional obligation.
Popular Front calls upon the minority organizations and leaders to ensure that nobody is left out from school in their localities. Popular Front has been undertaking School Chalo project during school admission period since the last few years and our humble grass root level efforts have produced tangible results. We request all well wishers, social activists, local community leaders and philanthropists to extend cooperation to this timely campaign.
K. M. Shareef
Popular Front of India