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 non-profit organisation working to improve the quality of education in government schools in India. Established in 2014 the organisation runs two programs that address the foundational challenges faced by our government schools. The flagship volunteer program provides volunteer teachers to government schools which are understaffed and face a lack of leadership. The Smart Classroom program addresses the need to improve the foundational literacy and numeracy among children from low income communities studying in government schools.
The Teach For Change movement is aimed towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 4-Quality Education).
“ Teaching is more than Imparting Knowledge, it is Inspiring Change ”
- William Arthur Ward
Empower every child regardless of their family’s economic status and help them achieve their fullest potential by gaining the support of the community. Adapt technology and continuously evolve into an innovative, scalable & progressive organization that transforms & enriches lives by providing quality education.
Build a network of qualified volunteers who are driven about the education system and have the passion to bring in change. Focus on innovative methods that will challenge traditional mechanisms and achieve successful, quantifiable breakthroughs.