For millions of underprivileged children in India, access to education is nigh impossible still today. With Project Eklavya, non-profit organization Indus Action is seeking to address this problem – with the financial help from, amongst others, Barco India.
In 2009, the Indian Parliament passed a law stating that 25% of entering class seats in unaided private schools should be opened up for children from weak and disadvantaged groups for free. This policy, which has the potential to change the lives of 10 million underprivileged children across India, is the single largest opportunity seat scheme in the world.
The social barriers for this plan to come to fruition have proved persistent, however. A survey shows that less than 10% of families are aware of the law. In addition, 43% of parents of fee-paying students expressed concern about their children picking up bad habits from aided students. As a result, the initiative has achieved all but its full potential.
With Project Eklavya, Indus Action is committed to bridge this policy implementation gap and make the bold provision of Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act a reality. To help fund this awareness campaign, Barco has been offering significant financial support since 2014-15. With these resources, Indus Action will be able to provide the right information to the right person at the right time. Or: How to put ‘Sharing’ into practice.