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Consultation On Prevention of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against Children in Education

Dalit Sthree Sakthi (DSS) and National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) has organized a Consultation on Prevention of all forms of discrimination and violence against children in educational institutions Bill - 2018 on 6th November 2018 at Hotel Swarna Palace, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The main speakers in the consultation was Sri Murali IAS, Dr Siddoji Rao, Convener of SC/ST IAS, IPS Officers Forum, Prof Anji Reddy and Prof Subrahmanyam from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Devatoti Nagaraju SC Development Council Member, Sri Krishna Reddy Joint Director of School Education Department and Sri Jayaraj, Prakash, Varakumar, Salmonraj, Nicola from Child Rights organisation heads, teachers, students, parents and Women Collectives of DSS have participated. Dr B R Ambedkar and SavitriBai Phule’s photos were garlanded by the dignitaries.

Jhansi Geddam National Convener and Daniel Vijay Prakash Program Manager of DSSexplained about the objective of the consultation, history of the draft bill and the main points of the Draft Bill. Sri Murali IAS explained about the education system in European countries through a PPT.

Dignitaries thoroughly discussed on the draft bill and suggested the below mentioned:

· Education is the only source for development. Education that changes the lives is not becoming is priority

· The government schools are neglected right from primary education. We can’t bring a change in the schools unless and until we change the laws

· In foreign countries the students belonging to the backward classes are encouraged

· Education quality has come down in AP resulting to 10 lakhs students joining private schools.

· Regular discussions need to be made on the education system to improve the government schools.

· Regular refresher courses to the teachers to improve presentation skills and subject

· Directive principles of state policy says about compulsory free education whereas, the children are sent out of the schools forcibly.

· The functioning of SMCs needs to be improved similarly, the parents/SMCs should closely monitor the children and the functioning of the schools.

· Ensure conducive environment to the children, keep a watch dog for prevention of all sorts of discrimination and also empower the children.

· Penalization for non-implementation of the rules and teaching lapses

· Non-Implementation need to be questioned by all

· To develop inclusive strategies for bringing all the children out of the schools including nomads etc.

· The monitoring of the schools by the parents is essential to maintain quality and quantity

· The vast gap between the government and the expectations of the community need to be addressed and set right the implementation problems of the schools

· Abolish the private schools, improve the quality of education in government schools. The best private schools spend Rs 6,000/- per student, per annum, whereas the government spends Rs 36,000/- per student.

· Education should be on top priority of the government

· To work on the root causes of caste discrimination. Discrimination leads domination, domination leads to violence, similarly discrimination leads to physical weakness, physical weakness leads to mental disability and on behalf of SCRP a chapter on discrimination has to be included in the syllabus

· Dropout of the children from the school is the part of discrimination and not economical reason

· There are 61,700 schools, but only 46,000 SMCs. School Development Management Committees for 9th& 10th standards to be established.

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