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NGO Care India urges Free Education for all Children in a Safe and Secure Environment

Care India recommended a focus on ensuring that children learn in a time-bound manner where classroom processes are equitable and promote learning.

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New Delhi, November 11, 2016: Education should be free for all children in a safe and secure environment, according to a statement released by leading NGO Care India here on Friday.

“Children between 0-6 years age group and 14-18 years age group should come under the ambit of Right To Education (RTE) and education must be strictly owned by the state,” it said.

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 “In view of the large number of out-of-school children in the country, there is a need to spell out a systematic and clear approach or strategy to address their needs and how they will be mainstreamed into formal schools,” the statement added.

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The National Policy on Education was formulated in 1986 and then underwent modifications in 1992.

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Care India recommended a focus on ensuring that children learn in a time-bound manner where classroom processes are equitable and promote learning.

“The new policy must focus on a highlighted use of multilingual resources and pedagogy to help children acquire early literacy and language skills,” the statement said.

Noting that more than 50 per cent children who are attending school, Care India recommended to recognize that children are out of school due to social, pedagogical and systemic factors, hence customized and contextualized education needs to be developed, inclusive of an empowering gender, social inclusive curriculum and teacher development program based on it.

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According to Care India, school curriculum should be localized for the diverse country where mother tongue-based education is promoted in both urban and rural areas.

“One of the important focus areas has to be recruitment of quality teachers with adequate resources to implement a complex early literacy and language program with a strong gender and equity component at all levels.” (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    It is very necessary to provide free education to all unprivileged children….well done

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393