Though we live in a world, where people talk about next generation technologies, gadgets; there is another world where necessities are not met. Such necessities’ being not met is a failure of the effort done by nations founders who gave their soul and blood to unite the county. Each country across the world: developed countries and developing countries have their own unique history. However, what these countries do not have is the infrastructure to support their own citizens.
The absence of basic necessities, create enmity. Social evils use this enmity for their own ill ambitions. One such example is terrorism, which has been exploited by religious leaders by using poor uneducated youths. Some governments are trying to conquer the terrorism threat by providing employment opportunities to locals. However, there is no use of employment opportunities without basic education. Most terrorism roots can be eliminated if proper thinking process is built in humans through education.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Educate one man, you educate one person, but educate a woman and you educate a whole civilization”. However, somewhere such thought are only in the books and hardly implemented. If you look at India, where Gandhi was born the literacy rate has improved but it well below the world average literacy rate. Below map gives a snapshot of world and India’s literacy rate.
Though various organizations are working to improve literacy in India, there is a big social divide among the Indians who are privileged my money and another set of Indians who suffer either due to lack of facilities or lack of proper guidance. Though government programs such as mid-day, free books have been able to attract kids to schools, the bureaucracy is always a problem. This is where the Indian NGOs’ have been trying to work with funding from various sources. Some of the Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are also trying to do their part by developing their own strategy or working with some established partners.
Most Children need the support to do well in school and prepare for future.Before we talk about the institutes working toward imparting education, let us see the existing bottleneck for getting education. Some of them are
- Indian societies hierarchical structure which does not allow people from lower caste to get educated
- The old mentality still prevalent in some Indian homes, where the girl child is not allowed to go to school. According to a 2011 survey, effective literacy rates were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women
- Multiple languages spoken in Indian states. Not all parents can afford English medium education for their kids. India shining has been the logo of Indian government. However, with shining India, also the prices of basic things such as education are shining on the higher side. Most people in West know that india has the biggest offshoring industry. However, not all Indian kids have the privilege to learn the global language.
- Government schools in India though subsidized by government schemes are not strong enough to build a global mindset kid. These government schools need to improve a lot.
- Lack of facilities for kids who are orphaned and stay in government orphanage homes.
Well the list of problems is big and it can get bigger. Somebody needs to solve them or attempt to get things in order. Government has been doings its role and some enlightened citizens have been doing their part. A step with a vision ‘To help build a more influential, equal and socially conscious society’ has been taken by the NGO Bhumi. The mission of BHUMI is listed below
- To bridge the societal gap by providing quality education to the under-privileged
- To provide a platform for socially conscious youth wanting to contribute to the nation’s inclusive progress and to mould them into tomorrow’s leaders
- To turn youth into Climate Messengers and fight climate change through citizen level initiatives
I was fortunate enough to be associated with BHUMI through Teach India Campaign.. I was not only enlightened with the work that this foundation has been doing since 2006, but BHUMI also gave me a sense of satisfaction that I could contribute a small thing to the society. My memories during the training and classes have been amazing. Some of the memories are documented here
Children are the future of developing country like India. It is very important that underprivileged children’s are educated since they are key stakeholders for future. According to a report published by an NGO less than half of India’s children between the age 6 and 14 go to school. We need more organizations like BHUMI , Rajesh Kumar Sharma and many more.
To conclude, things will not change overnight. It is individuals like you and me who will have to come forward and contribute. Organizations like BHUMI provide a platform were busy individuals like you and me can step up the accelerator and help those who have not been lucky as we have been. Ultimately all the Next Gen fancy things are for everybody and not just for those born with silver spoon or born in educated household. Let us make a vow to educate others in best ways we can. Wherever you are, education can be shared and you can enjoy a peace of mind of giving to the society.Educating the under privileged children will make a change for whole family and future generations of country.
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