Street kids take le­gal route to ed­u­ca­tion

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

NEW DELHI: An eight-year-old girl has been beg­ging at a traf­fic sig­nal in Dwarka’s Sec­tor 3 to help her fam­ily make ends meet. She had to drop out from her school at a vil­lage in Bi­har at the age of five when her par­ents moved to Delhi three years ago. She has never been to school since. She says she as­pires to be a teacher one day.

She is not alone; ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics Delhi-based NGO Chetna, there are over 5 lakh street kids in Delhi who do not go to school and work to earn their liveli­hood in­stead.

A group of 70 such kids, aged 5-10, have de­cided to ap­proached the Delhi HC seek­ing govern­ment’s help to ac­cess their right to ed­u­ca­tion. On their be­half, an NGO which works in the field of ed­u­ca­tion will file a pe­ti­tion in the court on Mon­day.

In its pe­ti­tion, the NGO, Jus­tice for All, said it will urge the court to first direct the Delhi govern­ment, mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties and Delhi Po­lice to con­duct a sur­vey to iden­tify the out-of-school street kids in the city.

“We need to iden­tify such kids first and then en­sure that they get en­rolled in their neigh­bour­ing govern­ment schools,” said Khagesh Jha, advocate.

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