How do you end inequities in society and build an inclusive society? You start with education!
Access to quality education can help children escape poverty and create a ripple effect that lasts for generation.
Notwithstanding the inequities in the society, what really scared us was when such inequalities percolate down to our school system and classrooms of little children where we build future citizens. Societal stratification reflected in classrooms further perpetuate the societal divide. The major problem with Indian Schools is not lack of teachers or their unions but poverty and socioeconomic segregation. Such stratified and exclusive classrooms do not provide conducive environment for poor to achieve outcome.
Just over a couple of years ago, troubled by the stark inequality between children born with privileges and those for whom even basic necessities of life would be luxury, to stand for children from the economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups, Samina Bano, Founder and Director, RightWalk Foundation, left a comfortable lifestyle in the United States, where she was working as a management consultant in a leading consulting firm.
In 2012, Samina started BAF (Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation), to spearhead the implementation movement of RTE, primarily section 12(1)(C) in the state at policy as well as execution level
In 2013, BAF under Samina’s leadership brought varied stakeholders of RTE under a common roof, and created an interface between the U.P. Govt. and the stakeholders
In 2014, BAF under Samina’s leadership organized an RTE roundtable, which was a unique and the first of its kind initiative, resulting in ground implementation of RTE 12(1)(C)
Samina’s intervention facilitated seamless RTE admissions leading to the beginning of a historical change with 3,891 admissions across 26 districts. BAF also and facilitated a 24×7 helpline number
2016 witnessed a huge success with 17,209 admissions across 26 districts across Uttar Pradesh. Also, Samina was conferred the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award for innovation in Governance the same year