Street kids take legal route to education
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.