The Universal Right to Education

I realise I’ve completely neglected this little space, which means I’ve probably been hibernating in the last half a year it’s taken for me to come to terms with my long journey towards recovery.  In no way, however, does my failure to blog indicate that “I NO LUV MY READERS” (and yes, this means you, you know who you are!).  Thing is, this is supposed to be a spot of cynspiration, and I’ll have to admit, I haven’t been awfully cynspired for awhile.  Until now that is…  Hullo!  We’re back!

How did this happen?  Well, sometimes a simple change of scene is all it takes for inspiration to strike.  Last week, the light flickered back to life while I was attending an educators workshop in Gurgaon, Delhi.  Soaking up stories of the good work being done by this community of idealists, I was reminded of exactly why we do what we do.

The community work undertaken by our host school, Scottish High is one such example.

The Universal Right to Education

Like many other cities around the world, the rapid development and construction of Gurgaon is built on the backs of a large number of Bangladeshi labourers who live illegally in Delhi and Gurgaon. With them are their children who usually have no access to education.

As a service to the community of labourers who live and work illegally in the neighbourhood surrounding Scottish High, the school offers classes to the migrant children. The programme includes free lessons, school materials and uniforms.

The migrant children go through 3 levels of classes in Scottish High. I was told they leave the third level equipped with the basic language skills necessary for them to cope in mainstream schools.

Taught by Scottish High teachers after their regular lessons, the teachers are assisted by Scottish High students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. Their contributions count towards fulfillment of the Creativity, Action, Service component of their diploma requirements, but more important hopefully, towards their belief in the universal right to education.

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