School children of Delhi celebrated Children's Day in quite a unique way, 5,000 students of various schools and section of civil society ran a marathon to raise awareness about the Right to Education (RTE)
Apart from running, children also signed 5,000 postcards which will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding the RTE also for the underprivileged children.
"As we celebrate the Children's Day, the 'Real Run for Children' is a wonderful chance to not just experience the pleasure of running with the children, but support their demand for RTE," says, Amod Kanth, general secretary of Prayas, a NGO, which organised the Marathon.
What is Right To Education Act?
The Right to Education Act gives the power of education to underprivileged children. According to the act, every child above the age of 6 and below the age of 14 years has the right to be educated. This education has been made mandatory for all children in India below the age of 14. It is their right according to the 86th amendment act, added article 21A. Apart from government schools providing free education to all, private schools will have to keep 25% seats reserved for the underprivileged children and give them free education.
This will not only provide quality education to such backward kids, but it will also give them proper exposure of competitive world in which they have to step in, in the near future.
This act is more like an attempt from the government to educate the future of the country and have better and more aspiring tomorrow. Apart from RTE, several other schemes and plans have been started by the Government of India to make sure that education reaches each and every house in the state.
Marathon also included celebrities from Hindi film industry and Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, to encourage the children.
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