“Good quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.” – Desmond Tutu
Education is the backbone of every society in this world. But what matters the most is the quality education- a dream for many. In India, out of the 229 million students enrolled for class I – XII, only few receive quality education with good teachers and teaching aids. According to UNICEF specialist, 40-50 per cent of the children from 15-18 years age group are dropping out of schools. These drop-outs become child-laborers denying themselves access to quality education and professional skills.
Thankfully, the Indian Government is taking initiatives to improve the situation. In 2013-14, the government had allocated a huge amount of Rs .65,869 crore and Rs.70,505 crore for the year 2014-15.for the total education outlay.
Important milestone in Government’s measure to offer education for all is the “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” which has been in operation since 2000-2001. It promises to offer free and compulsory education to children of 6-14 years. The late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K.Kamaraj, was the pioneer in introducing mid-day meal scheme for schools in the year 1962 to encourage parents to send their kids to schools and reduce dropout rates.
To improve quality while providing access to secondary schools at the same time, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA, 2009) scheme was brought into action. Sakshaar Bharat Mission was launched in 2001 to prevent alarming drop in female literacy. On the infrastructure side, District Information System for Education (DISE) reported in 2012 that more than 91% of primary schools have drinking-water facilities and 86% of schools built in the last 10 years have a school building.
But that is not enough because the challenge is huge and not only government but everyone has to take efforts towards imparting quality education. This will not only deliver workers but thinkers, innovators & leaders to the society.
Like government, Indian corporate sector can play a big role in improving quality of education. As per government mandate corporate with at least 5 crore revenue have to devote 2% of its annual revenue to Corporate Social Responsibility. That is where corporate can contribute to this worthy cause.
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