Academicians, experts and activists here over the weekend laid emphasis on integrated efforts by the Government authorities and the public at large for achieving the target of providing free and compulsory education to all children and improving the quality of teaching in schools.

The occasion was the fifth update meeting on Rajasthan Education Initiative organised by the State Council for Elementary Education. Principal Education Secretary Veenu Gupta said the objectives of the Right to Education Act could be achieved by the combined efforts of the State Government, community and voluntary groups.

“As part of the Rajasthan Education Initiative, we are taking significant steps in the field of elementary education. We are on the constant lookout for partnership with prestigious institutions to make progress and find new dimensions of the subject,” said Ms. Gupta.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Commissioner Bhaskar A. Sawant said the State Government wants to provide quality education to children in the far-off areas with the cooperation of teachers, parents, elected representatives and non-government organisations.Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Deputy Commissioner (Community Mobilisation) Babulal Yadav made a presentation on the rights and duties of school management committees under the RTE Act. Literacy and Continuing Education Director Teena Kumar, Council for Elementary Education Additional Commissioner B. K. Doshi, UNICEF education expert Sulagna Roy and representatives of voluntary groups attended the meeting.