India Progresses in Educating Children
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
India’s efforts in promoting education have proved that they have understood the real meaning of the quote. According to a report by the United Nations, There has been a tremendous decrease in the number of out-of-school children in India, compared to other countries. Between 2000 and 2012, India has worked to reduce the number of out-of-school students by 16 million.
According to a new joint report, ‘Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children’ by UNESCO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF),the biggest decrease in primary out-of-school students between 2000 and 2012 was witnessed in South Asia. The number of primary out-of-school students fell by 23 million in South Asia between 2000 and 2012.
Other than India, 41 countries including Algeria, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, Iran, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia have also worked on halving the number of primary out-of-the-school children.
India has made great efforts in reducing the number of primary out-of-school children in the country. Under the right to Education Act, every child is given the privilege to go to school.
Despite the impressive efforts by the countries, there are about 9% per cent of all children of primary school age worldwide, 8% of all boys and 10% of all girls are still out of school and every country has to work more in sending them to school.
What India should do?
Though India has tried its best to promote education, more has to be done to ensure education to every child in the country
- Though India has made efforts to improve primary school enrolment, the number of children with disabilities, who have been enrolled, is very few. There are 48% children with intellectual disabilities, 36% children with speech impairments and 59% children with multiple disabilities in India
- In the wake of terrorism in schools, student kidnapping, sexual assault of students in school and other atrocities against students, India must take necessary steps to ensure safe-schooling. Using a GPS Tracker in school buses and relying on various educational solutions available in market such as Parent Portal by Edsys can control the problems to some extent
- India has 14% children in the 7-14 age category involved in child labour. It is time for the country to act and work out a strategy to curb child labour while taking initiatives to send those children to school
- Though the number of out-of-school children has gradually decreased, 1.4 million children, with 18% of all girls and 14% of all boys, of primary school age still do not attend school in India. India must take further efforts to educate these children as well
It’s time for India to act and ensure that every future citizen is educated. This can not only make the country proud but their efforts in future can also add to the country’s economy and development!