Education lays the foundation for a better life. It is the most effective catalyst for societal change. Education allows people to earn a living while simultaneously increasing their awareness of a variety of concerns, such as healthcare, good social behaviour, and understanding their rights. NGOs in India are attempting to educate these disadvantaged youngsters in order to improve their lives. They’ve started a number of programmes to help children with poor child education.
The Right to Education Act of 2009 has helped India reduce the number of children who are out of school. In India, however, 6 million youngsters are still out of school. Because of the economic insecurity caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of Out of School Children has increased. Several children have begun assisting their parents with domestic tasks, daily wage-earning, or caring for younger siblings. Girls’ situations have become more vulnerable as a result of the pandemic. Spending more time at home causes them to get more involved in household tasks and, in many circumstances, leads to child marriage.
Poverty and Children
Millions of youngsters in India still work for a living, and the poorest children are not educated. They aren’t getting enough food. 373 million Indians are still suffering from severe poverty. The majority of these poor people are children, the country’s future. According to a joint report produced by UNICEF and the International Labor Organization in 2019, India is home to 30.3 percent of the world’s poorest children. The country has made progress in lowering the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), yet the core challenges persist. The country’s current burning challenges include poor child education, lowering school dropouts, food security, and child mortality.
According to a recent ASER report, many young children have not returned to school since the reopening, and the number of out-of-school children in the 6-10 age groups has increased dramatically. This has increased from 1.8 percent in 2018 to 5.3 percent in 2020, and from 4 percent to 5.5 percent among all children aged 4 to 16. One of the main reasons for this could be the financial difficulties that parents are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. Learning difficulties are also common among school-aged children. This learning barrier is the result of a lack of a solid foundation. Quality early childhood education usually provides this foundation. Another issue is a scarcity of trained instructors and inadequate teacher training.
The Sahyog Education programme helps poor child education in urban slums and rural areas get an education. Many children have benefited from Sahyog. Education is also an important part of development. We can see that the youngsters of tomorrow’s India have a tremendous amount of strength in themselves. These stars can shine brilliantly in this world with minimal help and climb the success ladder with each passing day. Help us help change these children’s futures.