India’s commitment to respecting children’s rights is reflected in national policies and strategies which relate closely to the UN Convention on the Rights of Children.
However, the quality of education and equal access to education are still a concern. Many children, especially girls, from lower castes, ethnic minorities and displaced communities do not have access to education.
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Whilst many children in primary school have access to physical education, this decreases in secondary schools and is particularly poor for girls, who tend to drop out of school early for religious and cultural reasons.
UNICEF is running a project in India through International Inspiration, the sport for development programme of the London 2012 Olympics. At national level, we have supported the development of an integrated advocacy campaign focusing on girls’ right to play and have offered advice on the national strategy for community sport, volunteering and village-based sporting events.