Digantar is an exceptional group based in Rajasthan, running some excellent schools that works with poor and underprivileged children. Digantar runs the Bandyali school in Jaipur. This school educates 324 childre, 201 of which are girls. All children are extremely poor, coming from mali or gujjar or muslim communities. The school was set up in 1992 by Digantar, with support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The location was decided after months of community meetings, as a place suitable for children to walk to from various hamlets. This school is an national example of how quality education can be delivered to even the poorest (where there are many obstacles to education, especially for girl children), reflecting the ideals of India’s Education Policy.
On 2nd December 2005, the Jaipur Development Authority has, in all it’s infinite wisdom, given the school a notice to evict in three days.
Yes, three days.
At a time when the Rajasthan chief minister is harping about the education of the girl child.
Here's the petition which you can support:
The petition to "Save Bandhyali School (Digantar, Jaipur)"
Please read and sign the petition at: http://new.PetitionOnline.com/Digantar/petition.html
There is a blog which is constantly being updated with the progress of the issue, as well as it’s legal and social aspects, http://digantar.blogspot.com/ (link).
Now, I’m not against private institutions built to make a profit. It’s great for people who can afford it (I benefited from it myself). But there’s no place for it if it’s destroying a wonderful school that’s benefiting hundreds of children in an area where there is no other choice or money. That would be more than a gross miscarriage of social justice.