Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

RTE should shift focus from access to learning: UNICEF

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: April 16, 2014 2:48 am

Right to Education (RTE) should shift focus from ‘right of access to education’ to ‘right to learn’, Chief of Education, UNICEF-India Urmila Sarkar on Tuesday said at a roundtable to assess the progress made in RTE in India.

“We need to shift focus from right of access to education to right to learn, to achieve RTE and quality education with equity for girls and boys,” said Sarkar.

Independent assessments on Indian schools reveal while India is doing considerably well in creation of school infrastructure and enrolment, levels of learning remain dismal. The UNICEF-backed roundtable focused on increasing institutional capacity to implement RTE, extending RTE to pre-school and secondary education and improving quality.

The discussion included some child-friendly schools in the country equipped with interactive and creative tools to ensure better learning. Experts suggest the need to collectively advocate and offer support for promoting such schools in India. The panel discussion pointed out examples in states like Bihar where teachers are being trained through a two-year distance education programme to hone teaching skills.

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