Through this series, we aim to spread awareness about the variety of Non-governmental organisations in India and the work they are involved in. We kick off with the education sector
3/3/2015 12:46:58 PM
|written By : Sidhant Singh|
Article 26 of the declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to education.” In my opinion having this right is good but not enough as children require support, access and funding to receive that education and turn it into something useful.
Currently less than half of India's children between the age of 6-14 go to school and a little over one-third of all children who enroll in Grade 1 reach Grade 8. After looking at statistics and facts like that the statement “The children of this world hold the key to the future” is reason for concern.
By now you are probably asking yourself what can you do about it? How can you help? The first step to solving a national issue such as children’s education is awareness; one must be informed about the issue. The next step is solving the issue - this can be through sharing your resources (time, money, space etc). There are several Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) working towards this cause – large ones like Teach for India, medium-sized outfits like Akanksha and smaller organisations like Rohini’s New Hope Foundation that don’t even have websites.
Teach for India
Teach for India’s mission is “One day all children will attain an excellent education” and so far they have developed a short-term and long-term theory of change. To attain its goal, the NGO recruits India's promising college graduates and high performing professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Once they complete the tenure, they become a part of the alumni where they work inside and outside the educational system to impact the fundamental, long-term changes necessary help the Indian population understand that everyone should have the chance to receive a great education.
This two-year experience not only benefits the children but has hugely impacted some graduates. By committing to this the graduates shared that they underwent eye opening experiences and learnt many things that a college would never have be able to teach them.