It has been more than half a century since India’s independence and 100 percent literacy rate is still a distant dream for our country where almost 35% of the population is still illiterate. On one hand where India is being called one of the worlds fastest growing economies it still lacks proper school facilities and efficient teaching staff across the government run schools across the country, which takes it far behind even the most underdeveloped nations of the world in terms of its social indicators.
So this is where the NGO’s in India for Children step in and take the necessary action to educate the underprivileged. While most of the governments efforts to universalization of education goes in vain because of inefficiencies in its system and politics, the NGO’s help government achieve their goal since NGO’s only motive is community development where children and adults realize their full potential in a safe and a healthy environment. They try to fill in for the inefficiencies of our system and bridge the gap between the underprivileged and the privileged sections of the society.
Since the last 2 decades or more the role of NGO’s and the dependency of the government and our country’s citizens on it for education has increased tremendously. NGO’s use many strategies such as public-private partnerships, teacher-training, family literacy, community involvement and developing funds for educational sector.
In rural areas especially, where women and girls are forced to give up even their most fundamental right like education due to various reasons such as lack of proper sanitation facilities at public schools, child marriage, family pressure and sexual exploitation by male teachers etcetera NGO’s protect their rights by providing a safe environment for both boys and girls to reach their full potential. Most of the NGO’s in India today provide education in the most remote villages and slums across the country. They provide financial assistance to children who dropout because of lack of money and even provide free education at their own expense. To those children who don’t go to school because of inaccessibility, they reach out to these kids and teach them at their homes. Also a lot of NGO’s even assist in skill based higher education that can help unprivileged children become self- sufficient and not rely on others.
As Nelson Mandela very aptly said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” NGO’s in India have a crucial role to play in educating the children and thus developing the country.