Shiksha abhiyan campaign to have PM`s message

The campaign aims to create awareness among people about Right to Education and their entitlement to free and compulsory education.

Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 12:24 PM IST

New Delhi: The government`s ambitious year-long `Shiksha ka Haq Abhiyan` campaign will be launched on November 11 with a message from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assuring every opportunities will be extended to the children to realise their dreams and aspirations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s message will be read out to students of 13 lakh schools across the country inspiring them to work hard in quest for success, HRD Ministry officials said.

The message sent to the schools headmasters will be read out in the school assembly on the said day, also celebrated as National Education Day.

The campaign will be launched from Nuh in Mewat district in Rajasthan, which has among the lowest education performance parameters in country.

"Prime Minister`s message could also throw light on the difficulties and challenges he had to face during his schools days in his village to acquire education," the officials said.

Dr Singh had on several occasions recollected his days as a student in a village school which had no electricity and pukka roads.

The campaign aims to create awareness among people about Right to Education and their entitlement to free and compulsory education.

The ministry hopes that a sustained campaign will change and create an interest at the community level to ensure that the Right to Education delivers its objective.

The Right to Education Act came into force last year and so far 20 states have notified the rules.

Ruing that big states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal have not implemented them as yet, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had earlier said it will be a "historic failure" if the Act is not implemented across the country.

Ministry officials said though it has been more than a year that the Right to Education has been in force, there is little awareness of the law and its provisions.

The law gives governments a three-year window to ensure that infrastructure and other such provisions meet the requirements of the law.

PTI