Children, parent’s stage protest for Toilets in government Schools before DC office Raichur: Vimukti Pothnal

“Many girls’ students at primary level quit studies owing to lack of this facility”

Vimukti children parliament members with the collaboration of likeminded NGO’S from Raichur staged a protest in front of Deputy commission office at Raichur on Tuesday 14th November,2017 alleging that the elected representatives and the concerned officials had failed to utilize the allotted amount for the development of the school infrastructures like maintenance of toilets, cleanliness in the school premises. Vimukti Children here demanded proper implementation of Right to information Act and checking of children’s rights violations.

While children across the state celebrated children’s Day, hundreds of students of government-run schools across the district took part in a protest. The students participated in the drawing competition held as part of their dharna on the ‘Children’s day’ to get the attention of the authorities.

Children came from various schools holding placards and shouting slogans in demanding immediately to repair the dilapidated school buildings, toilets etc. Children representatives from various schools, who were present in this protest, memorandum was submitted to the DC and CEO of Raichur to give in writing that they would complete the work within 15days; so far nothing has been done despite holding several meetings with district in-charge and higher Education minister regarding the construction of toilets in the government schools in the district. The concrete plan regarding toilet facilities, play ground, electricity, pure drinking water, play materials etc.

Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director expressed before Media, the basic infrastructure problems of the school not cast a shadow on the studies of the children. Rather school infrastructure should also be suitable for environment for education. It is a right of every child to have access to toilet in their schools. However, no official from the department concerned has even tried to attend to the problems being faced by the students. Owing to lack of toilets most of the girl students at primary level quit their studies. Today we have government schools in the district but don’t have clean drinking water facilities, compound walls, indoor outdoor games materials library books, etc.

CEO representative Mr. Mahamad Usef, Zella Panchyath program coordinator, director child protection officer, women and child development officer were present. 128 school children representatives were present and witness this children rally.

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