India’s Educational Quandary: Need for Action

India remains home to a substantial proportion of the world’s children- nearly 400 million, a large majority of which continue to remain deprived of their most fundamental right, the right to quality education. While India continues to grapple with securing the spread of literacy and enhancing accessibility, education as learning continues to be an endemic failure. And this despite the 2009 Right to Education (RTE) Act that makes education both, a necessary fundamental right, and a precondition for human dignity

The dismal promise of education: Our enrolment and drop-out crises

UNICEF’s 2013 India Factsheet affirms the catastrophic neglect on the part of the nation of it’s nearly half a billion children – 8.1 million of India’s children remain out-of-school and have never seen a classroom. Of the 200 million who have, a whopping 80 million according to the report end up dropping out of school before completing elementary education.

Several conditions make for this contemptible reality, especially inaccessibility of schools, poor pedagogical methods, income poverty and social exclusion and discrimination within classrooms. Gender disparity in continued schooling also demonstrates a persisting male bias that contributes to a higher drop-out rate amongst female students.

The poverty of education: India’s wedged learning outcomes

Even after nearly 4 years of implementing the RTE (2010) Act, India’s schooling outcomes remain persistently wanting. While increased enrolment and gradually declining drop-out rates have been significant achievements, learning outcomes continue to remain dismal. Teacher absenteeism, poorly trained teachers, lack of appropriate monitoring and assessment, lack of learning aids and relevant curricula all contribute towards the low learning levels of India’s public education.

This remarkable disregard for learning levels is most strikingly accounted in the recent ASER (2013) that indicates the severity of the problem and the urgency of remedial action. According to the report, barely 47% children in class 5 can read a class 2 text. More than 57% of class 1 children from Government schools, are unable to recognize alphabets.

Our Quest: Sshrishti’s Initiatives in Holistic Learning and Integrative Education

Sshrishti’s mission is to create a literate and equitable society where children and women get their birthright and are empowered to follow their dreams. It is with this mission that Sshrishti has been running centres of learning and providing quality education to the underprivileged. What Sshrishti aspires for, is an education beyond literacy to cultivate and nurture a children deprived of the enchantment of childhood, an education that may offer its children an alternative future – a future that might lead them out of the despair and despondency of a life of extreme poverty and privation.

Sshrishti’s initiatives in education thus aspire towards provisioning a comprehensive programme of learning and holistic growth that might initiate and nurture young minds into an education that goes beyond literacy. Sshrishti’s initiatives incorporate an innovative pedagogical model that provides a symphony of play, craft/art, sports, and learning through story and audio-visual aids. Along with classroom education, the children experience learning in the outdoors through activities and outings. Sshrishti supplements education with the provisioning of nutrition and health monitoring, along with remedial assistance to cater to the distinct learning and life-needs of children from the city’s most impoverished slums.

Sshrishti’s initiatives in education thus include:

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