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Making India Educate and Learn

Online education was a saviour for schools and students alike in India during the pandemic. While the fear of infections loomed large upon us it kept our kids safe and allowed them to continue their studies uninterrupted. It was a challenging concept, to begin with, but the effort teachers put in to make it a rewarding experience deserves both praise and gratitude. Although many of us regrettably let screens replace real teachers and friends, we had precious little choice. However, the affordability of smartphones, connectivity issues, and parental absence implied that a large chunk of children in urban as well as rural areas had no access to education during this time. How will these kids make up for the lost time?

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, gives every child the right to receive full-time quality elementary education in a neighbourhood school. It is a wonderful initiative by the government to ensure that no child is deprived of formal education in his/her formative years irrespective of their economic background or caste. However, as noble as it sounds, is it enough? Can we let a bright mind lose its luster just because it wasn’t empowered to shine on its own later? What part can we, as parents and citizens of India, play in their development?

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Give away your kids’ old books and gadgets

Whether it is course books or story books, kids tend to put them away as they grow up. Gadgets like old tablets, smartphones, etc in working condition are often discarded for new ones. Not only are they expensive but also not easily available sometimes. Inquire with your maid, watchman, and other helpers before flinging them off in scrap. Encourage your kids to use their stuff with care so they don’t ruin them. This way they learn to be responsible as well.

Make your neighbourhood your classroom

Knowledge shouldn’t be shared at a price every time, right? Also, you don’t necessarily need to be a professional to share it. All one needs is the right intent and basic foundation to go ahead. Even if you aren’t a teacher, you can conduct free classes for young kids in your neighbourhood. You can show them educational videos to reinstate your point. Lock in a comfortable space at set timings in a week and do remember to take prior permission of their parents. Active participation depends on how you engage them.

Volunteer work with local NGOs

There are many NGOs in India like Udaan India Foundation, Vanavil Trust, Vidya and Child, etc that actively work towards providing access to education for underprivileged children. From giving them a secure learning environment to educating them to make a livelihood, they’re tirelessly committed. You can be part of this noble work and reach out to kids from different backgrounds and areas. You can take and provide inputs to make it a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Sponsorship and donations

As parents we struggle to give our kids the best but what about those who can’t? Sponsoring someone’s education is a huge responsibility, although not a burden one might presume. This might be a tad challenging since it needs an acute background check as well as financial feasibility, yet can be achieved with the right school selection and planning. If this seems like an uphill task you can donate to several NGOs in India who do the same job on a larger scale. Silver lining: You can avail of tax benefits for it under Section 80G.

Today’s kids are the scientists, doctors, and teachers of tomorrow’s India. They are our future and to ensure that it’s bright and secure we must enrich their minds and souls with a good education. If we can make a difference in even one child’s life with our contribution, our purpose is served. Isn’t it?

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11 thoughts on “Making India Educate and Learn

  1. Thats a beautiful topic. With proper education, kids can do wonders. Here entire schooling is free of cost. And that gives all income groups a big peace of mind when they know that their child is getting quality education. The points that you have mentioned in this post can be easily done.

  2. You have shared some great ways to support kid’s education. I agree it is not necessary to be a professional to teach kids. we can do this as a our contribution to society and can help them in grow as a responsible individual. a little contribution from our side can make a huge difference in future.

  3. True. We generally donate books to read to my help at home. She has a daughter as old as mine. Also gave her my laptop for free as she was doing online classes on the mobile.

  4. It’s important to support kids for education. I am happy to be connected with an NGO who is taking care of many kids to get proper education.

  5. I am the PTA head and CR of my daughters class and we have few kids who are in through RTE. When I came to know about it, I Was very glad to know that kids are getting an opportunity to study in a good school which is very important for their future and success.

  6. Lovely post Varsha. When we were in school, we always gave our books to those who couldn’t afford them. If only more people come forward and be conscientious about the education of lesser privileged children, we can remove the darkness of ignorance. Knowledge and education should be the right of every child.

  7. it is lovely to find this article and see that people are interested in helping others. good suggestions you have given in this article for people to help others to learn and get educated.

  8. Well said, Education is not a privilege. It is a human right. We must do our bit to make education easier and accessible to kids around us. I used to volunteer to read stories in a school through a NGO. This post has nudged me to start this again. Thanks Varsha.

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