How You Can Transform an Underprivileged Child’s Future?
WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela
- The knowledge that you gain from education shapes your personality and helps you to develop a perspective of looking at life.
- It helps you to understand the world around you and form opinions about various things.
- Education isn’t just about knowing how to read and write. It’s about making logical choices and asking questions.
It’s about living in the present, knowing the past and working towards a better future.
EDUCATION IN INDIA: A PRIVILEGE OR A RIGHT?
Some of us have the privilege of going to schools but what we forget is that in our country, Education is a Right. We all deserve to go to schools and expand our knowledge. Education in India is not a privilege. The Right to Education Act (RTE), an Act of the Parliament of India was enacted on 4 August 2009. It describes the importance of free and compulsory education for children between the age of 6 to 14 years in India under Article 21A of the Indian Constitution.
WHY CHILDREN FROM POOR FAMILIES DON’T RECEIVE PROPER EDUCATION?
What possible problems could India face in the Education area when it has the support of the RTE Act?
- Children that come from poor families have dreams and needs. They wish to read fairy tales straight from the books, they wish to buy new clothes, they wish they had a set of colourful pens that they knew how to use and they wish they could fill a blank notebook with their thoughts.
- However, the illiteracy among their parents is one reason why these children are unaware of the opportunities waiting for them. Some parents even force their children to work at a young age so that they can earn for their families.
- The shortage of good schools and qualified teachers that provide quality education is another problem that comes in the way of knowledge and a keen learner. There is a lack of inspiration among the educators themselves who fail to instil encouragement among the young children.
- Insufficient public funds to cover education costs is a major reason why education doesn’t reach the corners of the country.
- Also, The RTE Act provides free and compulsory education to students between the age of 6 and 14 years, but what after that? It’s not that everyone can get a scholarship and apply for higher studies. Most children tend to drop out so that they can earn a livelihood and take care of their families.
For such children, quality education is a luxury good that they just can’t afford.
WHAT COMES NEXT FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN?
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world – Malala Yousafzai
These lines were quoted by Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who has relentlessly continued to speak out about the importance of education. Even after taking a bullet to the head at the young age of 15, nothing has stopped Malala on her way to achieving education for all women and children in Pakistan.
We all should be using our voices for the right reasons. We can help these children by spreading the right message. It takes 5 minutes of your time but gives them happiness, enough for a lifetime. Always remember that every child yearns to learn.
There are so many generous Nonprofit organisations that are helping underprivileged children for their education. One such organisation is Drishti Foundation Trust.
Drishti Foundation Trust has been helping children from urban slums and other vulnerable communities to move on in life with the means of providing education and healthcare facilities. Drishti Foundation Trust believes in providing all the resources to the needy children to support & direct their childhood in a leading way; by educating & empowering them to help write their own destiny.
From over 6 years, since its inception in 2012, Drishti Foundation Trust (DFT) has been working tirelessly in the area of Health, Education, relief of poor and providing facilities to differently abled people in several states of India.
Drishti Foundation Trust has undertaken an educational project for the non-school going children,
Drishti Foundation believes that Right to Education for every child should be a reality & needs to be translated into action to bring a visible change in the society, and that is exactly what it wishes to accomplish with this project.
And we as citizens of the country can DONATE to such projects and uphold the worth and importance of the Right to Education of every child. We can help such children fulfil their needs and dreams.
You won’t just be giving them an education, you’ll be giving them a future. You’ll be giving our country a future.