Education for girls till 18 be free & compulsory: Chetna Society

Raipur: An awareness program titled ‘Girls march to School’ was organized by the Chetna Child & women welfare society. This program was organized as a joint effort of the society, Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s foundation in furtherance of the ‘100 million for 100 million’ campaign at Government Higher Secondary School, Saddu located in Raipur.

As part of the initiative all the students involved marched in favour of providing free & compulsory education to Girls upto the age of 18 years. This campaign they argued would only help as this will not only reduce the drop out ratio in girls, but also stated that it would help counter rampant social evils like female trafficking, child marriage, child labour too.

It was also highlighted that the movement was started by Nobel laureate. The movement is an effort wherein 100 million privileged children shall work for a 100 million under privileged children from the weakest and under privileged sections of society. The campaign aims at ‘Baal Mitra Bharat’ and ‘Baal Mitra Duniya’.

Currently the campaign is being run in 36 countries and has over 4 million volunteers. Indu Sahu, founder of Chetana Society stated that the program is an effort to secure fundamental right to education for girls upto 12th and similar initiatives are needed across the nation. Further she said that most girls who do go to school, complete their studies, have begun focusing on their careers and female child marriage is rare and therefore girls should be given free & compulsory education upto 18.

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