Education for Children in Rural India
India has proved to be a fast developing nation in the past few years in many different spheres. However, in certain areas it continues to lag behind. One such realm that she seeks to improve in is the all important state of education, specifically of children in the rural areas or villages, which has been a concern for the nation for many years now. While several measures have been taken by the Government in the recent past to improve the standard of education in including the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), much remains to be achieved.
The SSA is the Govt. of India’s flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) in a time bound manner, as mandated by 86th amendment to the Constitution of India, making free and compulsory Education to the Children of 6-14 years age group a Fundamental Right. To make the process even more encouraging, mid-day meals were also introduced. In fact, it is not only the government alone, but many NGOs in India have taken the initiative to get rural India educated.
Sadly, there are many challenges that need to be overcome. Firstly, the location of majority of schools is not within the reach of many families who wish to send their children to school. Many times we have come across pictures posted on Facebook showing children going to school while overcoming difficult conditions but while it is all very encouraging, practically it is extremely hard to achieve without proper transport.
Secondly, poverty plays a major role in this. While education in rural areas is free, the mindset there is such that more working hands equals more money to put food on the table and clothes on their back; instead of sending children to school, parents send them to work and make them earn a living at a tender age.
Thirdly, there is a complete lack of proper infrastructure in village schools that doesn’t encourage students to attend classes. There are no proper classrooms, teaching equipments, or even clean toilets. All these factors have been a significant deterrent for children exercising their right to education.
Though the mindset is undergoing a gradual change, the effort should also come from each of us more fortunate folks to help promote education for underprivileged children. While some corporate houses have been active in collaborating with NGOs by contributing to this most righteous cause, many more should take it up as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and donate for education of kids in India that can help pay for basic infrastructure in schools, transport and scholarships for the brightest students.
Yashoda Foundation is one such NGO that specializes in educating rural orphans in Andhra Pradesh, which can help you get in the game of helping the precious lives of our less fortunate, innocent youth.
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