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West Bengal

Loreto Day School Sealdah in Kolkata city (India) is a pioneer and inspiration for inclusive education. From the 80s, Sister Cyril has transformed this once exclusively upper class private school for girls into a model for equality-based educational change in India.

50 percent of the children in the school hail from poor families (from neighbourhood urban streets and slums) unable to pay school fees. The remaining girls pay their full fees to attend this prestigious institution. Across caste, class and social barriers, these children embody the ideals of cohesive, cooperative, revolutionary education.

The recent India Right to Education law which reserves 25 percent of free classroom seats in private schools across India for children from poorer families in the neighbourhood hopes to further expand this dream. Loreto Day School in Sealdah is a living testimony to show that - it is possible.


[Source: KKPKP, ARC, CLR, 2012]

This is a story of the struggle of some parents  to get their children admitted to private schools through the 25 percent reservation provision of Right to Education Act.

These parents are members of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (Waste Pickers Collective) in Pune city. This film is an initiative of Action for the Rights of Child (ARC).


[Source: ARC and CLR2014]

The challenges of integrating socially and economically disadvantaged children, and those with disabilities, with middle and upper class students in private schools are considerable.This film documents some positive steps taken by 3 private schools in Pune, India towards a more inclusive vision of education.

[Source: ARC and CLR2014]

This film documents some positive steps taken by a private school in Pune, India to mainstream children with disabilities. This 6 minutes film is part of a longer film "Inclusive education and 25% reservation under RTE" promoting an inclusive vision of education.


Rajasthan

[Source: Video Volunteers, 8 April 2013]

Inspite of 25 percent reservation for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) in Private Schools under the RTE, the rule is openly flouted. Sunita Kasera's video sheds light on the appalling conditions students in the EWS category are put through in private institutions.


Video Volunteers is an international community media organization which equips women and men in underdeveloped areas with critical thinking, creative, activist and video journalism skills, enabling entire communities to expose underreported stories from their communities and take action to right the wrongs of poverty, injustice and inequality. In India, more than 100 Community Producers are currently working full time to cover the stories their communities want in nearly every state of India.


Rajasthan
[Source: Video Volunteers, 8 Nov 2012]

The Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 makes it obligatory for private schools to reserve a minimum of 25 percent of seats for children from weaker and disadvantaged groups. This video documents a case in Karauli district, Rajasthan where this rule is openly flouted.
Video Volunteers is an international community media organization which equips women and men in underdeveloped areas with critical thinking, creative, activist and video journalism skills, enabling entire communities to expose underreported stories from their communities and take action to right the wrongs of poverty, injustice and inequality. In India, more than 100 Community Producers are currently working full time to cover the stories their communities want in nearly every state of India.
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