Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Petition to save Bandhyali school

Petition is at: http://new.PetitionOnline.com/Digantar/petition.html

E-mail from Rohit:

From: Rohit Dhankar [rdhankar@...]
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 9:06 AM

Dear Friend,

I am writing this letter in a crisis to enlist your support for Digantar. Perhaps you are aware that we re running four schools in outskirts of Jaipur. These schools were originally started under an MHRD project funded through its scheme for Support to Innovative and Experimental Programmes. Bandhali School, the name comes from the largest hamlet close to the school, is the largest and oldest of existing Digantar schools. It was started in 1992, moved to the present place in 1993 July and at present has a strength of 225 children, more than two hundred of them girls. The school is equivalent to an upper primary school.

On 2nd December 2005, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) gave a notice to Digantar to remove the school and vacate the land within three days. Fortunately the High Court has ordered to maintain status quo till JDA files its response. To our mind JDA’s insistance on removal of the school would be:

1. a violent disruption of children’s right to education,
2. blatant discrimination against Digantar, and
3. destruction of a very good quality school for the marginalized to favour privatisation of education.

A short document explaining our position is attached. I request you to please read it. If you think we are wrong in out thinking, and our insistence on continuing the school is improper in any sense (ethical and/or legal) please let me know, we will definitely reconsider our position. But if you agree with me that we are on the right course, both ethically and legally, please help us save this school. We are organising a public meeting on 12th December 2005 at Bandhyali school itself. If you could participate in that it would be really very helpful. But even if you cannot participate, please write to the Governor, Chief Minister and Education Minister of Rajasthan as early as possible. If possible please encourage others to write to the above mentioned. Their fax numbers are given in the attached appeal titled Save Bandhyali School.

With best regards



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