A group of youths from Kerala, through their start-up venture, have joined hands with a Delhi-based NGO to raise resources for better implementation of Right to Education Act.
The start-up titled ‘azadi.in’ provides an online platform to raise resources for legal fees through crowd funding in order to empower millions of ordinary citizens by taking up their issues legally.
As its first project, the IIM-Bangalore-incubated company has taken up the Right to Education Act (RTE) and related issues.
Its founders– Radhakrishnan Ram Manohar, Sidharth Vijyan and Praveen Paul– said their dream is to see 1.5 million schools in India get better facilities, meeting the scarcity of over one million toilets, enrolling the eight million students in the age group of 6-16 entitled to free education but still out of schools and resolving the shortage of five lakh teachers.
Vipul Mudgal, Director of NGO ‘Common Cause’, which shot to fame through its interventions in the 2G spectrum case and coal scam, said thousands of schools in the country lacked adequate teachers, classrooms, toilets, drinking water, books, uniforms, libraries, mid-day-meal kitchens or playgrounds.
“Despite a constitutional guarantee, millions of children are out of school, or without quality education. We thought instead of running after limited funders, we should collect small funds from a large number of people and decided to partner with azadi.in,” he said.