Investing in Infrastructure: Bringing Children Back to School

SINGAPORE, DUBAI, UAE and TORONTO, November 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

CRY’s Campaign ‘Right to School’ to Ensure 2,71,341 Children Across CRY-supported Projects not Only go to School but Also Complete Their Education

Parents of children in Nagfena, a small village situated in the Bolangir district in Odisha, India, had to pray for their children’s safety every time they attended the government primary school. The school, which had 65 students enrolled in classes I to V, had only 36 students regularly attending classes. Not wanting their children to study in classrooms with a damaged roof, many parents resorted to the decision of not sending them to school at all, especially during monsoons. Persistent complaints by the community to the headmaster yielded no results for two years. With the intervention of CRY-supported project ADHAR, the matter was escalated at the block and the district level and a complaint seeking immediate redressal was submitted. After much effort, a new school building was allocated and the damaged building repaired as well. The attendance, of course became remarkably better with an increase of almost 45%.

This is just one of the many cases CRY has witnessed which highlights the strong linkage between student attendance and lack of proper infrastructure in schools, which impacts the quality of education overall. About 2,80,775 elementary schools in India still do not have toilets for girls, over 5 lakh do not have boundary wall and 30% do not have a playground.

CRY has launched the ‘Right to School’ campaign to address these challenges that children face in accessing and completing education. CRY works at the grass root level with supported projects across 23 states in India to address the factors that hinder children being able to access these basic provisions. It works with communities, mobilizes and empowers them, reaches out to the local authorities to enable solutions and implementation. The campaign is all about transforming schools into learning environments and will ensure that 2,71,341 students across CRY intervention areas go to school and complete their education.

Your support to the CRY campaign, ‘Right to School’ will help ensure children are not deprived of basic infrastructure to access schools. Know more at

For further information, please contact:

Susan Varghese
[email protected]