During our English period , while ma’am discussed about the topic of article writings , “ Education” was a topic , education for all which catch hold of my attention , while she exclaimed her perfectionist knowledge and views about it ! Which however had strike me to write this article , while I came back home.
Studying in an English medium School and then again going back to home , watching kids of my age and of course lower my age begging on streets, selling things, through the transparent glass of bus’s window, truly reflects the fact that there’s no positive actions taken towards it , at least the areas where I have seen !
Education For All (EFA) is a global movement led by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), aiming to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015. UNESCO has been mandated to lead the movement and coordinate the international efforts to reach Education for All.
Being in present :
Females have faced discrimination against everything from past and till now after 70 years of Independence,
From past to present :
Basically believing in education I feel is believing in God, there’s no place to play with sexes , cause education is for all ! From girls to boys , toddler to old ! Education is not about only mugging up the dates and facts and science around the world but have values , morals, and respect for all which we lack , yes we lack !
Literacy rate of India in 2011 is 74.04%. The Male literacy rate is 82.14% and Female literacy rate is 65.46% according to Census 2011. Among the Indian states, Kerala has the highest literacy rate 93.91% and then Mizoram 91.58%. Among the Union Territories, Lakshadweep has the highest literacy rate of 92.28%.
Pointing out these faults were very easy because from past till now, from class one to college books we’ve seen India is developing country , not a developed one yet, yet it’s a evolutionary change but wasn’t 70 years long enough ? Still there’s child labour , and boys are the one who’re found in more numbers !
In order to live their livelihood they work and ultimately their education is hampered , the education that they get is “ they have to work hard to be paid off ” because physical strength and certain arranged knowledge is what they are capable of doing ! And that’s what creates the division .
What steps are being taken to improve access to education in India? What further improvements are needed?
These are initiatives taken by the government. But they only improve access to education. There is still the other thing called going to school in the first place.
Mr. Narendra modi travelled to a village in Gujrat to inspire parents and teachers to educate their children. He gave a clarion call to make efforts, as a society, to ensure that the children and particularly the girl child go to school. We need more of this. He also said he would be donating books from his personal library to the schools he visits to give impetus to reading among young children.
A critical overview of higher education in India has brought out a number of issues. Chief among them are the deterioration in quality, the resource crunch leading to poor infrastructure and the serious problems of governance brought about by the influence of factors and forces extraneous to educational objectives.
Initiatives by Mrs. Nita Ambani :
Mrs. Nita Ambani spearheads Education for All initiative. The Mumbai Indians team is actively engaged in the initiative and has exhibited their ardent support for the cause. The EFA programme supports various initiatives that work with underprivileged children, promote girl-child education and impart life skills to the differently abled. In 2017, the programme supported twelve partner NGOs: Aarambh, Akanksha, Aseema, Deepalaya, MelJol, Milan, Mumbai Mobile Crèches, One Billion Literates Foundation, Sakhi, Slum Soccer, Ummeed, and Yuwa.
Mid-day Meal Scheme
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mid-day Meal Scheme is the popular name for school meal programme in India. It involves provision of lunch free of cost to school-children on all working days.
The key objectives of the programme are:
- protecting children from classroom hunger,
- increasing school enrolment and attendance,
- improved socialisation among children belonging to all castes, addressing malnutrition, and
- social empowerment through provision of employment to women.
The scheme has a long history especially in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, and has been expanded to all parts of India after a landmark direction by the Supreme Court of India on November 28, 2001. The success of this scheme is illustrated by the tremendous increase in the school participation and completion rates in the state of Tamilnadu.
12 crore (120 million) children are so far covered under the Mid-day Meal Scheme, which is the largest school lunch programme in the world. Allocation for this programme has been enhanced from Rs 3010 crore to Rs 4813 crore (Rs 48 billion, $1.2 billion) in 2006-2007.
Bengal achieves success in school education
What the Trinamool Government understood pretty early is that one of the primary ways to improve the state of school education (in state government schools) is to majorly improve the intake of qualified teachers. This, of course, implies the fact that the expenditure also had to increase; and which the Government has done, proving its intent to produce better citizens from the State.
The Left Front Government left education in the doldrums
That the state of education during the Left Front rule had gone down, there is no doubt. Numbers prove it. In 1981, the rank of West Bengal, according to the state of education, was below 16 other States. In 2011, after 30 years, West Bengal came in after 19 other states. Hence, after 30 years, the State had gone down instead of improving.
Secondly, according to the 1981 census, the percentage of educated people in the State was 5% higher that of the all-India average. According to the 2001 census, this gap had narrowed down considerably, to 3%.
Thirdly, according to a 1993 report, the percentage of students who left school after primary school was 36%, compared to the all-India average of 35%; therefore, a negligible difference.
- After 12 years, in 2005, the percentage for West Bengal did come down to 24%, but the all-India average came down to very encouraging 15%; therefore, the difference widened from a mere 1% to 9%. Many economically weaker states, including the so-called BIMARU states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, have overtaken West Bengal in this respect.
Let’s hope for best ! Growth and development is slow and steady , let India cross it’s milestones, we’ll be called and written as the developed country in the world!