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Education for poor children

Education is every child’s fundamental right. Government schools should provide quality education for all for free. Schools must have adequate teachers, separate toilets for girls and boys, and effective teaching processes to help them reach their full potential. India is a country with more than one billion people, and just one-third of them can read. Rapidly growing size of population, shortages of teachers, books, and basic facilities, and insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the nation’s toughest challenges. This is where Children in India are facing the basic challenges. According to a study, more than 30% of educational funds are allocated towards higher education, leaving the primary education in India in sway. Education has the power to transform lives of millions of children who are out of school. All girls and boys should have an equal opportunity to learn. Schools should be inclusive and protect children from all forms of discrimination and violence. A disproportionate number of total out-of-school children in India are girls. What denies equal opportunities of children are serious social issues that have arose out of caste, class and gender differences. The practice of child labour in India and resistance to sending girls to school in several parts of the country remain as genuine concerns. If the current trend continues, millions of underprivileged children will probably never set foot in a classroom. Ensuring quality education for all, calls for schools to have adequate budgets and effective governance processes. Communities need to be empowered, and School Management Committees need to strengthened to enable regular discussions on all school-related issues. India is fourth among the top 10 nations with the highest numbers of out-of children in primary level. Furthermore, the rate of school drop-outs amongst students is very high. One of the main reasons behind this is poverty. When earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance. For the underprivileged people in India, education is perceived as a high-priced luxury, and this negative outlook continues on with every new generation. THE PROBLEMS India struggles with the problem of illiteracy; the literacy rate in our country stands at 74.04%. (According to the National Census, 2011) • INCREASING ENROLMENT RATES GIVES RISE TO ANOTHER MAJOR ISSUE OF RETENTION • SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS • THE QUALITY OF LEARNING IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS • LACK OF BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING MATERIAL • UNAVAILABILITY OF SAFE DRINKING WATER • GENDER DISPARITY IN EDUCATION IS YET ANOTHER PERPLEXING CONCERN IN INDIA • DEARTH OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES How people can volunteer for this campaign? Millions of children around the world lack access to basic necessities, such as food, clean water, sanitation, medicine, shelter, education, books, fun, family, laughter, love - but there is hope. We can help poor children have a better future in a number of ways. Volunteering our time and efforts to children can make a very big impact. We can also raise money or donate goods to charity. If we are willing to make a commitment, we can become a personal advocate for a child in need through mentoring and fostering. No effort is too small or too large to make. • Tutor underprivileged students. Education is one of the best predictors of success in children. You can help struggling students succeed in school by donating your time or money as a tutor or a regular person. You might tutor children in reading, spelling, current events, Algebra, writing, cursive, Math, Science, History, and/or English as a Second Language.[1] • Hold a clothes and books drive. Many children do not have basic necessities. New clothes, books, and toys can make a big difference in their life. Working with a group of people, collect lightly used or new supplies for children. Identify a local charity, such as the Salvation Army, that would be willing to distribute these for us. Some things we can collect include: • School supplies • Gifts for the holidays • New shoes • Coats, sweaters, and other cold weather clothing • Textbooks • Musical instruments • Rent a small van/ mini bus and start a weekend tuition. All we need is a couple of volunteers, a balanced curriculum of academics and engaging activities, and a small van that can double up as a classroom when parked. Identify an area which has high concentration of poor children (usually slums in your city) and take your tuition to that area every weekend. • Setup a small training unit to teach skills to children. Teach any specific vocation skills like basket weaving, how to use computer etc. Teaching a computer-based skill can be extremely handy to these children if they are exposed to it in the long-run. Your junk stationery items or your old books can bring a smile on the faces of needy school students. At The end of academic calendar leaves a huge junk in its wake in the form of unused books, stationery items and various other paraphernalia, OR Whether you‘ re a hoarder, a minimalist or somewhere in between, all readers know it's hard to part with books . Even if you know you will never read it again, chances are you're attached to the copy that brought you so much joy. However, sometimes we have to get rid of some books, maybe because we're running out of storage space, changing homes or even cities or have just decided to de-clutter and own fewer possessions. If you know that you will never read them again or never use them in future so you can donate them to an orphanage, schools, to a college, in local liabrary or to an ngo. If you don't know young ones who will appreciate books, donate them to a library or an orphanage. Make sure to sift out inappropriate books for kids (we know you don't want to hang on to your copy of 50 Shades of Grey but this is not the place to get rid of it) and put in some reference books, old dictionaries or encyclopedias instead. They take up a lot of space but will open up a new world of knowledge for those kids.Many classic childrens books were about orphans or mistreated children and hence donating books to an orphanage might help these poor souls find a companion and give them hope for the future. many Local libraries and college libraries would be grateful for your donation. Only true readers and the ones who need to research would bother to use them and your contribution will be appreciated.If you can't find an orphanage or college you deem worthy, or that's too much effort, simply find an organisation that distributes books to where they're needed. There are many organisations that do this wonderful service and finding the closest one is just a Google search away. Depending on where you live, the books might go to a school, a community center, a refugee camp; however, there's no doubt that where they will go, they will be appreciated. How literacy improves lives 1. Literacy lifts individuals out of poverty Lacking basic reading and writing skills is a tremendous disadvantage. Literacy not only enriches an individual’s life, but it creates opportunities for people to develop skills that will help them provide for themselves and their family. 2. Literacy improves the development of the wider community The positive knock-on effect of educating girls can be seen in the wider social and economic benefits yielded for their communities. Increasing the emphasis towards women’s education positively impacts on each generation through raised expectations and increased self-esteem. Improving literacy facilitates employment whereby both males and females can contribute, helping the wider economy and community to thrive. 3. Literacy reduces infant mortality rates Illiteracy directly affects an individual’s health and wellbeing, so the importance of education on physical health is vital. Those without education are more likely to be vulnerable to health problems. 4. Literacy empowers women and girls Breaking the cycle of illiteracy and improving self-esteem is crucial for women and girls in the developing world. By enabling them to become economically productive and independent, they become empowered and can take control of their lives. The importance of education in fostering personal autonomy, and creative and critical thinking skills is central to helping girls contribute to their societies. 5. Literacy positively impacts economic growth beyond the local community The impact of improving literacy in girls not only has a positive economic impact at a local and community level, but the productivity of the workforce flourishes at country level too by enhancing a country’s economic strength. VOLUNTEER Step into our classrooms and share your knowledge, experience and skills with our children by volunteering to teach and/or assist. Donate stationary materials. India’s growth relies on a well-educated and skilled workforce. Improving education is a critical area of investment. A shabby foundation in primary education can overturn the lives, careers and productivity of millions of its citizens. Already, a considerable proportion of the adult workforce in India is acutely under-equipped to be eligible for skilled and semi-skilled jobs. In order to build India as a consumer market of global standards, it is crucial that every child reaps the benefits of quality education.

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