- Those kids go to school those are worse than typical Indian orphanages..
- Those kids go to school without a pair of shoes…
- Those kids go to school waiting for books someone can provide them out of sympathy…
- Those kids go to school shabbily dressed…
- Those kids sometime make us think..”Is it the child or the teacher who is less qualified” – if at all there is a teacher.
- Their parents living in shabby conditions.
- Not much difference between their living conditions and that of their pet animals.
- Power (Electricity) may or may not come…
- Drinking water shabby systems.
- Sanitation …. not even heard of…
This is what the general description of a village in rural India is all about – exceptions could be there in miniscule percentages.
Now, when we talk about education in India, we can’t just talk about how education is in urban cities of India, without going deep into rural education that constitutes almost 80-90% of the schools. Recent studies do show how the face of education in rural parts of the country have developed to a great extent etc., however an average citizen does not believe these numbers for reasons that everyone know. Even if these statistics are correct, some remote areas still do need a serious checkup with many more children failing to receive the very basic quality education and many dropping out.
Every one today know that, it is education that take one to the road to betterment of communities in general and nation at large. Rural India gives you the best of souls (not ridiculing the urbanites) who can be turned into long-term human assets.
Looking from my prism, the most common problems that hinders education to one and all in rural India could be –
- Most villages have poor connectivity from one place to another and those primary schools created by local governing bodies mostly are in shams and in depressing surroundings. I mean, primarily there is nothing that motivates these kids to go to school on regular basis.
- Children, most of the time have to walk miles to reach these schools and this often demotivate them to attend school on a regular basis.
- People belonging to remote rural areas have meager incomes, which at times is too less to sustain a family of maybe four or five. Most likely, children from these families won’t be sent to schools, instead would be asked to assist the earning member of the family to add up some extra income. Nothing has been devised so far to self generate revenues for the parents so that they don’t depend on these tender hands.
- Lack of proper infrastructure at these rural schools is also a big concern. Most of the schools don’t have proper classrooms, teaching equipment, playgrounds and even basic facilities like clean toilets. Teachers themselves – in many cases – are not equipped enough to keep the children in pace with their counterparts elsewhere in the country/main cities. All these factors have the potential to drive away students.
These are some of the few prominent reasons that’s holding back rural education to match up with the education system in urban educational centers. It’s high time, proper attention is paid to these centers and create a platform where students from rural areas can get proper education, the right encouragement to pursue further studies and jobs. Proper availability of basic facilities like clean toilets, drinking water, adequate classroom facilities, timely motivational programs for teachers etc should be looked into in sufficient intervals.
Some wise man said “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope”. If only the modern day KINGS knew it..
Madhu K. Nair [1st July 2015]
I realised that my money would do vastly more good for others than it could for one or few individuals; then I decided to make a commitment to do whatever little possible to the needy who surround I could find.