April 1 and 4, 2013
At the time of the implementation of the RTE act in 2010, three years deadline has been set by the government of India for complete implementation of the act. This three years deadline expired on March 31, 2013 but in these three years no significant change in the education sector was visible.
JOSH along with VOS and supported by Oxfam, India had undertaken a project on six slums of Delhi to make the people in these slums understand the importance of RTE act and its provisions. Here volunteers of various premier educational institute like IIT,Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, St. Stephans College etc took active part in proper completion of this project.
Computer Literacy Program
Basic knowledge of computers is increasingly gaining importance in today’s world and also a factor affecting who gets access to opportunity. For the slum children, computer and English has become a ticket to their dream life. Thus, there is huge demand for access to such knowledge and skill. And given that these children have no access to computers in schools they are forced to look at private coaching institutes which are often too expensive and beyond their reach.
Like all other girls living in a Muslim community, Rukshar clams up when speaking with strangers. “That is our way,” she notes and this has been the case ever since she can remember. No one dares to challenge the norm in their colony but she was one of the few who braved joining the free computer literacy classes offered by JOSH (Joint Operation for Social Help) in ts resource centers in the East Delhi resettlement colony in Trilokpuri.
“The apex court intervention is welcome, but that’s just half the job done.”
Vinod Kumar had dreamt of sending his youngest daughter, three years-old Suhavi, to a private English medium school. He has three children and his two elder sons are studying at a government school in Trilokpuri in East Delhi. When the admission process for the economically weaker section (EWS) started in January this year, he had applied in 12 schools including Ahlcon Public School, Evergreen School, Salwan Public School in the area.