Every law is only as good as its implementation. The Right to Education is a historic law—for the first time, it is mandated by law that all Indian children between the ages of 6-14 years have the right to compulsory and free education. It is an incredibly progressive law that is highly needed to bring the light of education to all children in this country. Given the large numbers of disadvantaged children in India, the scope of this law is truly breathtaking. However, implementation of the law has its fair share of challenges and requires true public-private partnership.
One of the basic challenges is the lack of awareness of this law among the sections of society that need it the most. The Jump2Justice Project at Mumbai Smiles conducted an awareness session all about the RTE on 24 September 2018 at our preschool in Phule Nagar, Powai. In attendance were 14 parents of students who are enrolled at the preschool. The session was meant to raise awareness among the parents about their children’s rights under the RTE. Raising awareness in such a manner encourages the parents to keep sending their children to school and to look for resources that can help with their children’s education. It also dispels their worries about the financial burden of their children’s education to quite an extent.