October 4, 2012 1:17:21 am
A study on the status of the education of the girl child has revealed that 29 per cent of the respondents in the city are unaware about the Right to Education Act,which states that education is a basic right of every child in the country.
The study was undertaken Child Rights and You (CRY) to analyse the various policies formulated for the girl child and its impact across the country.
The survey,titled Knowledge,Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey was conducted by CRY volunteers in slums/resettlement colonies in the five cities of Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata,Chennai and Bangalore to study the prevalence of barriers to education of the girl child among the lower income groups.
Approximately 480 households were covered by the survey. In Delhi,more than half the respondents lacked awareness about schemes for girl children. About 29 per cent respondents said they knew children in their locality who were out of school. About 30 per cent respondents said they knew that girl children were out of school in their locality.
The report on education of the girl child clearly brings out an urgent need to address the issue at all levels. While we have made rapid strides over the last two decades in universalising primary education,there are still significant gaps,especially at the level of secondary education, Yogita Verma,Director Volunteer Action,CRY,said.
She said the findings of the survey reinforce the fact that attitude of people toward the education of girl child was one of the major barriers. The survey makes it clear that there is a need for large-scale attitude change, Verma said.
One of the more startling findings of the survey was that 37.4 per cent respondents said if an individual was grown up enough to work and earn his/her livelihood,then the individual should not be considered a child.
The survey quotes many reasons for this attitude,mainly,parental attitude toward education and concerns regarding the security of a girl on her way to school. Infrastructure issues such as toilets in schools were also cited by many respondents.
The survey finds that 33 per cent of the respondents agreed that a girl child is abused in school and almost 48 per cent noted that girls were abused while on their way to school.
Officials of CRY said the key findings of the survey will be shared with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Delhi government seeking action for a positive change.
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