Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) launched a weeklong awareness campaign from May 23 on the right to education and quality education as a right to everybody.

Secretary of the SIO Mohd Ali Murtaza and convener Shah Hameed told presspersons here on Monday that the provision in the Constitution making education up to the age of 14 compulsory was not enough and that the Government should honestly make efforts at the grassroots level to ensure that all the children are educationally empowered. They said that during the campaign, the SIO would create awareness among the people about their right to demand for compulsory education and also on the need for providing quality education to the needy, particularly the children from poorer sections of society.

On the demand for the introduction of value-based education in the curriculum, SIO leaders said that a wider debate on the need for value-based education in the curriculum was required.

Adopting students

They said that during the campaign, the SIO would also identify poor students who have been deprived of education and forced to work to feed their families. They would adopt them and provide free education till graduation. In Gulbarga city, the SIO proposes to adopt 100 children this year and provide financial help till graduation to them. Last year, the SIO had adopted 70 students and extended financial assistance to pursue their education.

Mr. Murtaza said the SIO would also conduct a door-to-door survey in select areas throughout the State on the education status of the economically poorer sections of the society.

In Gulbarga city, the SIO proposes to undertake surveys in Lalgeri, Nadimulla colony and Quadri Chowk area.

He said that SIO would award students who score high marks in SSLC and PUC in the district this year also.