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CRY's Theatre festival throws light on Delhi government schools

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A day-long theatre festival in government schools, in the national capital on Monday, highlighted the poor condition of the government schools.

The street plays were part of a national theatre festival - Bol Jamoore - organised by Child Rights and You (CRY) at Dilli Haat on Saturday. The plays, performed by over 50 students, attracted the audience of varying age-groups and ended on a roar of applause.

The festival was organised by Child Rights and You (CRY), a non-governmental organisation and the Alliance for People Rights (APR). Soha Moitra, CRY regional director, north, said: "CRY is making an attempt to ensure that the voices of children are included in decisions that affect their lives. Such groups come together on a regular basis in the community with the objective of enabling their own holistic development".

The festival was followed by a panel discussion which focused on the status of education and the need for compulsory education for all children.

CRY also released a report on the occasion which detailed how many schools in the capital lack proper infrastructure.

CRY throws light on Delhi govt schools

CRY - Child Rights and You is an Indian NGO working for every child's right to a childhood - to live, learn, grow and play.

Light on Delhi govt schools

In over 30 years, along with partners CRY has worked with communities and parents to make lasting change in more than 20 lakh underprivileged children's lives.

CRY throws light on Delhi govt schools

CRY has compiled some statistics on the situation of children in India. This is based on our experience of working on a range of children's issues across India.

Focused on the status of education

The statistics are grim. What is worse is that very little is known of what it means to be part of such horrific numbers.

CRY throws light on Delhi govt schools

The task before it is huge and CRY believes that for real change to happen, every member of the society should take responsibility to change the lives of these children permanently.

Theatre festival in government schools

While the reality in India may be far from ideal, CRY believes that every child has a right to dream.

Below are some thoughts and issues shared by students of Delhi government schools.

The plight of the girl students at Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Kalyanpuri is even more horrifying. "Since our desks are broken, most of the students sit on a sheet on the floor," said Babli, a performer and a student from the school.

Her classmate, Poonam, added, "There is only one toilet for all the students in school. As junior students also use the toilet, it is often dirty. If we ask for permission to go home and use the toilet, we are not allowed. There are even times when we do not use the toilet for an entire day."

In another play by students of Bal Vikas Dhara, a father is reluctant to get his son admitted to a school, as he thinks that he will be asked to pay a hefty fee. After a lot of effort from his wife, he is convinced and goes to admit his child. However a corrupt government school teacher asks him to pay up, contrary to the norm that government schools do not charge any fee.

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