Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Wanted to share a cute little video that was used as a promotion for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (hindi for “education for all”).

The video captures the journey from home to school as made by kids in different parts of India. The song, written by ex prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, makes this journey so full of joy and excitement, it makes me wanna go back to school!

It took 58 years for India to recognize the right to primary education as a fundamental right. But what’s more interesting is the journey: A total of 4 milestones(from wikipedia)

1950 – The constitutional mandate: “The State shall endeavour to provide, within a period of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution, for free and compulsory education to all children until they complete the age of 14 years.”

1986 – National Education Policy says: “It shall be ensured that free and compulsory education of satisfactory quality is provided to all children up to 14 years of age before we enter the twenty first century”

1993 – The highly controversial Unnikrishnan Judgment: 3. “Every child/citizen of this country has a right to free education until he completes the age of fourteen years.”

2005 – 86th Amendment of the Constitution finally identifies right to primary education as a fundamental right of an Indian citizen.

Rahul has an nice analysis of the Draft Right to Education Bill. Also check out Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s official site.

“the destiny of a nation is decided in her classrooms” – Atal Bihari Vajpayee