Edcuation for all Brightness for all
India is a vast country with 1.25 billion people, out of which just one-third are educated. The turbulently growing size of the population, lack of teachers, books, basic facilities and insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the toughest challenges confronting our nation. This is where Children in India are facing the most basic challenges. According to a study, more than 30% of educational funds are allocated towards higher education respectively, thereby abandoning the primary education in India.
“Education is that weapon which you can powerfully use to change the world”
– Nelson Mandela
Since the adoption of the constitution in 1950, the motto of universal education has been a chief priority of India’s government and duly embodied in national development planning. To demonstrate the country’s commitment towards the Education For All Framework for Action, India has made an attempt to link its national education agenda with those of EFA global targets. Concretely speaking, the country proposed a ‘National Plan of Action for Education for All’ in 2002, contextualizing EFA in India and elaborating policy strategies to strengthen the plan of action.
Though some progress has been made regarding the universalisation of elementary education. However, India’s education system still faces significant confrontations. Specifically, the education sector is adversely affected by
- High dropout rates,
- Low-level learning outcomes
- Outstanding gender disparities in literacy.
India ranks fourth among the top 10 nations with the gigantic numbers of out-of-children in primary level. Moreover, the rate of school drop-outs amongst students is very huge. One of the prime reasons behind this is poverty. While earning a bread, taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life. Thereby education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance at that moment. For the underprivileged people in India, education is negatively looked upon as a high-priced luxury, and this outlook resumes with every forthcoming generation.
A disproportionate number of total out-of-school children in Indian society are girls. What denies equal opportunities of children are serious social issues which arise out of caste, class and gender inequalities. The Malpractice of child labour in India and resistance to sending girls to school in several parts of the country continues to be a genuine concern. If the current scenario continues, millions of underprivileged children will probably never set their feet in a classroom.
India’s growth completely relies on a well-educated and skilled workforce. Improving education scenario is a critical area of investment. Already, a reasonable proportion of the adult workforce in India is acutely under-equipped to be eligible for skilled and semi-skilled jobs. In order to build India as a Hub of consumer market of global standards, it is very crucial that every child reaps the benefits of a quality education.
Statistics from All India Education Survey
- The literacy ratio of India is 65.38% having male literacy at 75.85% and female literacy at 54.16%
- Of the 193 million Children belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years, 8.1 million children are out of school as of Sept 2004 as per Government statistics.
- Net primary enrolment ratio in India in 2001/02 is 83.7%
- Children reaching grade 5 in India in 2000/01 is 59.8 %
- A little more than one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight.
- At least 35 million children aged 6 – 14 years do not attend the school.
- Approximately 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate.
- Dropout rates increased alarmingly in class III to V, which is 50% for boys, while 58% for girls.
Our Concerned Initiative
Study materials and Books– Those children who are helpless and below the poverty line are being provided study material and books in order to aid their studies in the long run. This has been made successful through a program which was conducted in Ahmedabad and Gurugram(Haryana). A total of 512 students have been provided the support successfully and the number continues to increase constantly as the days are passing by.
Dropouts School children mainstreaming– Through this awareness program, millions of communities have been made aware of the consequences of child trafficking, child labour and children dropping out of school. This will enable the children to become an aware and responsible citizen of the country.
It is just not limited to this, more initiatives are also being taken in many cities all over India to curb this situation from every angle. We don’t settle for anything.
A Need of the Hour
It’s not only about NGO’s taking initiative to make all of us aware but it is also equally our responsibility to take really good care of our children because ultimately they will become our future leaders. So, educating them must be our primary concern and we must unconditionally lend a helping hand towards such cause without any doubt. Whenever you see or witness needy and helpless children around yourself, always make sure that to come forward for their help. When each and everyone will develop such an attitude only then will India’s scenario will change. You may teach them on your own, lend them new or used books, provide them with clothes, food and your love.
Educated India will only prosper if every educated Indian is ready to educate the rest uneducated ‘Each one teach one‘.
You have a great opportunity to help such children who really need your support right now and if donating some funds strikes your heart, you can also do the needful.
P.S Charity begins at home.
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