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As India faces a a steep shortage of teachers it plans to rope in NRIs to fill the void. Government schools are falling short of 9.5 lakh teachers and the human resource department has introduced  MyGov app to meet the shortage .
Prospective teachers are requested to apply through this app to teach at government schools.
The HRD has planned to bring in the NRIs and the indian diaspora to provide part time services in the teaching department .
This move has made the government face a lot of flak from the critics.
They see this act as a violation of the Right To Education Act and as an elaborate ploy to introduce RSS volunteers through the scheme. While the ministry has argued that the sole purpose of this move was to provide international exposure and new learning tools to benefit under privileged children.

The mobile app will be available in the first week of April and will have a separate link for interested NRIs to register themselves in the program.
These volunteers will be involved in part time teaching and the government hopes that the influx of NRIs can help in improving spelling , grammar and reading skills of the students.

However critic Anita Rampal has accused the government of informalising education and weakening the school education system. “These schemes will only benefit the young people who want to aspire to work in the social sector. They can work in these institutions, flaunt it in their resumes and go abroad to seek jobs in the social sector,” she said.
“Let those aspiring to volunteer acquire basic training. The states should maintain the data and use their services as and when required,” added Rampal.

The scheme is not just looking for NRIs but retired school teachers or other members of the civil society as well.A meeting was held on february 8 asking all state partners to engage in the scheme , which they accepted .

The sector has argued that instead of looking for untrained NRIs the government should focus on the RTE and accelerate the filling of vacancies . According to the RTE all posts were to be filled till 2015
Critic ambrish rai stated “Instead of focusing on filling in these posts, the government is seeking volunteers. This is defeating the whole concept of RTE,”
Rai has also questioned the governments move of bringing in NRIs when there is a heap of unemployed educated youth in the country .
“There are young people waiting to get jobs. Why don’t we train them and fill the shortfall? Getting NRIs is no solution to the education problem,” he added.

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Child Rights Summit: Nations Should Spend More on Education Over Weapons

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Displaced Syrian children look out from their tents at Kelbit refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 17, 2018. VOA

Countries should spend more on schooling and less on weapons to ensure that children affected by war get an education, a child rights summit heard Monday.

The gathering in Jordan was told that a common thread of war was its devastating impact in keeping children out of school.

Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who founded the summit, said ensuring all children around the world received a primary and secondary education would cost another $40 billion annually — about a week’s worth of global military expenditure.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai listen to speeches during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2014. VOA

“We have to choose whether we have to produce guns and bullets, or we have to produce books and pencils to our children,” he told the second Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit that gathers world leaders and Nobel laureates.

Global military expenditure reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2016, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said last year 27 million children were out of school in conflict zones.

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“We want safe schools, we want safe homes, we want safe countries, we want a safe world,” said Satyarthi, who shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for his work with children.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein told the summit, which focused on child refugees and migrants affected by war and natural disasters, that education was “key,” especially for “children on the move.”

“Education can be expensive, but never remotely as close to what is being spent on weapons. … They [children] are today’s hope for a better future,” he told the two-day summit.

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit group, described the number of Syrian refugees not in school in the Middle East as “shocking” as the war enters its eighth year.

Kennedy cited a report being released Tuesday by the KidsRights Foundation, an international children’s rights group, which found 40 percent of school-aged Syrian children living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq cannot access education. VOA

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