The art work is a selection of some of the best entries received from a creative expression and art competition on the theme Right to Learn. In August 2014, the UN in India team on the Global Education First Initiative announced this competition and reached out to schools through their networks including UNESCO Associated Schools, UNESCO Clubs, Kendriya Vidyalayas and NineIsMine. Nearly 250 schools participated and over 2,000 entries were received including paintings, pencil sketches, comic strips, posters, collages, poems, stories, write-ups and slogans.
UNESCO Associated Schools is a global network of 9,900 educational institutions in 180 countries that include pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools and teacher training institutions that work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.
Set up in 1965 in India, the Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) cater to the educational needs of children of Central Government employees including Defence and Para-Military personnel who have transferable jobs. They charge no tuition fee for boys up to Class VIII, girls up to Class XII, students from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and staff children. Competition entries were received from Kendriya Vidyalaya schools from across 17 states in India.
NineIsMine is a child rights movement advocating for allocation of six per cent GDP for education and three per cent for health to improve lives of children in India.