Education serves as a gatekeeper permitting an avenue of upward mobility. The roots of the Indian education system can be traced back from the colonial rule, since then major reforms have been made post-independence era. India is currently the sixth largest economy in the world and is forecast to become the third largest by 2030. Education entails the significant path of growth and development and is one of the most important investment in a person’s life.
However, the question arises what type of quality education is being imparted to specially the children belonging from underprivileged background. Being socially and economically impoverished it is far harsher reality for them to align their aspirational goals with the privileged children for whom nothing is impossible in this materialistic world. As a result, questionably there is a steep rise in the dropout rate of disadvantage children and the teacher-to-pupil ratio is extremely low, resulting in “weak learning outcomes”. With low standard of educational facilities for them efforts need to be made to revive the lost hope and to cherish their dreams of attaining a level of education that matches the demands of the nation.
With such a difficult situation, Shishu Sangopan Griha through a supportive program called “Eduquip” ensures that children attending school gets the opportunity to bridge the gap after their school hours by providing subsidiary education thus ensuring quality education that they are deprived of. Currently, the program is working with approximately 75 children, coming from underprivileged background. The program has 5 teachers working in small groups, each class is given individual attention by the teachers assisting them in various lessons.
However, the current pandemic situation has completely turned the picture of the education in today’s scenario. With the occurrence of unprecedented lockdown there was immediate closure of educational institution throughout the country. In order to handle the disorderliness and meet the increasing educational needs of the children measures were taken by shifting to online mode of teaching. Out of 75, 41 children are consistent with this online method as they are able to attend the classes regularly but remaining 34 are yet to start with their classes due to unavailability of any device at home. Since, this pandemic has caused tremendous adversities in their families by taking away jobs therefore, the parents are not able afford or invest into child’s education.
The cost involved per child is Rs.1000, therefore none of our efforts are possible without a donor, volunteer, or community support. To support the efforts, one can donate for helping our children to build a better future thus achieving marvelous victories.