The Educational Crisis in India
Quality Education is extremely important for an individual to realise their full potential and be the person they want to be. The Constitution of India recognises the importance of Education and promises each child compulsory and free education. One of the greatest Injustice in India is that a Childs access to quality education depends on his family’s income or social status. 70 percent of school going children in India use the government schools as a medium of education. Government schools in India suffer from a variety of problems which include infrastructure, sanitation, quality of education and a crisis of Leadership. Due to these factors the students passing of out of these schools are not able to stand as equals to their private counterparts hence there is a great educational inequality in India.
The Right of children to free and compulsory education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) created a hope to see an air of change that the accessibility and quality of education for children in India would be improved. The Act had set a deadline for the implementation of its various provisions. After several years of the act coming into force, we can only find failure on behalf of our system to implement it.
In India today, 50 percent of students in Grade 5 cannot read a grade 2 text. In the last 5 years 13 Million students have moved away from government schools which provide free education to the poorest and most vulnerable and migrated to fee charging private institutions. Government schools in India which once provided our nation its freedom fighters and Prime Ministers today are in urgent need of help.
The Teach For Change Movement
Teach For Change is a nation wide movement which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in India by focusing on their literacy and life skills in education. The movement works in collaboration with local communities, organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and support them complete schooling with the relevant life skills. The Teach For Change movement is aimed towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 4-Quality Education) . As part of the movement committed citizens contribute their time and volunteer to teach children in their neighborhood Government school.
The Teach For Change Trust runs four programs across the country to ensure every child has access to quality education regardless of their family’s income or social status. The programs aim to strengthen the government schools in India which cater to the education of the poorest and the most vulnerable communities.
“ Teaching is more than Imparting Knowledge, it is Inspiring Change ”
- William Arthur Ward