Education – A basic child right (A reflective study in the state of West Bengal)
Dr. Mitali Panda, Dr. Pragyan Mohanty
Children’s rights are human rights. They protect the child as a human being. As human rights, children’s rights are constituted by fundamental guarantees and essential human rights. The father of modern education—John Amos Comenius proposed – “all persons should be educated, so we could have peace in the world”. Visionaries of the world understood that peace meant guaranteeing every person certain rights that are conditional for humanity—education being one of the most important. UNESCO has recently criticised the state of primary education in India. It is imperative, therefore, to reflect on the Right to Education (RTE) Act which is being implemented all over the country. In the present study the main concern lies with the status of education as a basic child right in the state of West Bengal. Problems faced of implementing Right to Education Act in West Bengal are - apathy of Illiterate masses, uninteresting School Subjects, indifferent attitude of parents towards girl’s education, the distance of school and over crowed class. Actions to be taken for implementing Right to Education Act in West Bengal are introducing Adult Education Programme, introducing school subjects related to life situation, bringing change in the attitude of the parents towards girl’s education, school at the door of each and every child and developing infrastructure and appointing more efficient teachers. At last it can be concluded that Right to Education is a basic right of each and every children. It can be achieved by the joint effort of both the Government of West Bengal as well as all the concerning people.