We are an NGO of young people working in the area of Schools and Primary Education in Maharashtra, India. We have been working to provide quality education to the Underprivileged children in the schools and empower them.
Although India is amongst the ten fastest growing economies in the world, it still has a third of the world’s illiterates. According to global education report of 2004, India’s ranking was 106 out of 127 countries in the education sphere. With 34 percent of the illiterate population in the world, India has the largest number of illiterates by far – with second-placed China at 11 per cent. Sixty years after independence, with 40 percent of its population under 18 – India is now confronting the perils of its failure to educate its citizens, notably the poor.
There are many reasons for the failure. First of all, there is an acute shortage of teachers. Children often don’t get a support from their parents. Parents seem to be indifferent to their child’s learning and only see them as additional hands for work. There is also longstanding neglect, insufficient public financing and accountability, and a lack of motivation among some teachers to pay special attention to poor children from lower castes. Even basic amenities like water and electricity are not being provided.
There is a need for urgency. Education levels need to be improved. India with the second largest population in the world cannot develop with such a bad indicator. Furthermore, illiteracy leads to other problems such as poverty and unemployment.