Jamshedpur: The Youth Unity For Voluntary Action (Yuva) today organized a seminar on “right to education” at the Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari. The seminar was organized as a part of ‘Change Through Education’ project with active help from ‘Educans’, ‘SPAR’ and ‘Development focus’.
Addressing the seminar as the chief speaker Prof. Nirmala Shukla, Graduate College for Womens, Jamshedpur, said that making the right to education a fundamental right is a revolutionary step.
She said that the positive impact of this change is not evident immediately as it has been implemented in a hurry. She said that we have been unable to enjoy even other fundamental rights in an untrammeled manner owing to erosion in human values across the society and rampant corruption.
She said that the same threat looms over the right to education too.
Prof. Shukla was of the opinion that Gandhiji had advocated the need for having common schools and compulsory education up to class XI through a comprehensive system of basic education way back in 1933.
She said that there was a need to improve the condition of the government schools. She said that the children who are not going to school can be provided better education only through residential schools.
The chief guest of the seminar and the president of Mahila Kalyan Samity, Mrs. Anjali Bose said that women are deprived of education invariably in almost all societies. But, it is only a positive outcome of a long struggle that in our society a large number of women are pursuing education despite all odds.
The seminar was presided over by Naznin, a student of the residential school. The programme started off with a welcome speech by Barnali Chakravorty. The programme was compered by Arbind Tiwary, one of the founders of Yuva.
Those who expressed their views in the seminar included Purbi Pal, secretary Shramjivi Mahila Samity, Ratna Bhhattacharya, secretary, Anwesha, Sanyukta, secretary, Sanskriti and Arun Kumar Singh, Jharkhand Viklang Sangh.
The students of the Residential School run by Mahila Kalyan Samity presented a cultural programme at the end of the seminar. Sanjay Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.
Those who worked hard to make the programme a grand success included Ishani, Chandmani, Sukhmani, Baby, Hiramoni, Devashish, Maya Hansda, Devla Tudu, Khelaram and Jubin.