The RAISED Project Team has expressed their strong convictions with the Basic Shiksha Adhikari and Assistant Basic Shiksha Adhikari, Gautam Buddha Nagar, NOIDA regarding the basic infrastructural conditions of some government primary schools in NOIDA that Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) has adopted recently.

With the support of Capgemini and the District Administration, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, DEF is implementing the ‘Raising Standards of Education and Going Digital (RAISED)’ with the aim to develop 10 model schools in Bisrakh block of Gautam Buddha Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

Recently, the project team has conducted a survey to understand the basic infrastructural conditions of 10 schools. The team has found most of the schools do not have basic amenities that meet the needs of the children, which are enshrined in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. There was no source of safe drinking water in seven schools; no functional toilets in two schools and no separate toilets for girls and boys in one school; no power connection in one school, power connection was disconnected from five schools because of non-payment of electricity bills and no power back up in all 10 schools and etc. This assessment was carried out also to find short-term, medium and long-term solutions to the basic utility needs.

As DEF is implementing the RAISED Project, DEF plans to take initiatives brining education level on excellence by using modern teaching methods and also with the help of emerging Information and Communication Technologies. DEF is also committed to bring some short-term solutions in fulfilling the basic needs i.e. health, hygiene, cleanness, safety and security of students in the schools.

While supporting these 10 schools with basic needs and providing modern teaching methods, DEF anticipates that the District Administration would also work together to bring long term solutions and be involved more and more in fulfilling the basic needs of every students in every schools which are encompassed in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

Thus, the RAISED Project has urged the Basic Shiksha Adhikari and Assistant Basic Shiksha Adhikari, Gautam Buddha Nagar, NOIDA to take necessary actions as soon as possible and provide all students proper facilities to enjoy their school life.

The RAISED Project team would like to thank the Basic Shiksha Adhikari and Assistant Basic Shiksha Adhikari, Gautam Buddha Nagar, NOIDA as both of them have assured to look the matter seriously and take necessary actions as soon as possible.