Increase Union Budget for Education #SpendOnEd

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I am Bandana, a 16-year-old Dalit girl from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. When I was 14 years old, I had a hard choice to make: keep going to school or help provide for my family by working during school hours. To meet family obligations, I had no choice but to drop out of school.

In my village, there is no government school or free education beyond Class 8, so most girls end up as child laborers or child brides and face a life of endless exploitation. 

Poor families like mine can’t afford private schools — and it’s even worse for girls. Most families believe it is too dangerous to send their daughters to a school outside the village when there is no safe transportation. Many girls have been molested and harassed by boys while walking and cycling to a school far from my home. 

Currently, the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 only guarantees free and compulsory schooling for children up to age 14. Once we turn 14 and complete Class 8, our access to education ends. I’m not the only girl this impacts — almost 40% of girls ages 15 to 18 are not in school. 

Education is critical to every girl’s future. The only way to make sure all girls have access to education is by ensuring that more money is spent by the government to build secondary schools in every village. Sign my petition.

Thankfully, after two years out of school, I got a second chance. Social workers helped me enroll in a private school and persuaded my family to let me attend. But I still struggle to cover my school expenses. I still need to work after school and on weekends to support my family of six. This doesn’t leave me any time to complete my homework.

I have started this petition asking our Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to increase contribution to education from public resources — so that all children can receive free education up to the higher secondary level.

Sign my petition if you truly believe in the idea of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.

If the government spent more than 10% of the union budget on education, there would be a high school in villages like mine. Thousands of girls like me would grow up with skills that can contribute to the development of our nation.

Join me in sending a message so that I don’t have to watch any more of my sisters lose their right to education.