Schools in India’s rural and semi-urban areas have been associated with one persistent problem -high drop-out rates. Low-attendance is only the tip of the iceberg. Research indicates that a lot of problems encountered by children while attending school are detrimental to their health and quality of living. From scarcity of drinking water to the non-existence of washrooms and infrastructure for a holistic education experience, children need more thanRead More
Not long ago, close to a highway that connected the Indian capital to the neighbouring northern state of Haryana, lay a small school. It was a bare-bones structure with only 370 students and two interim teachers. Power failures were frequent and the children were, sometimes, forced to attend classes in the dark. Teachers often failed to show up, and English, a prerequisite for most white-collar jobs in India, was rarely taught. Local villagers wouldRead More
One in every five Indian children drops out of school and nearly 80 million fail to complete their elementary education. Almost 50 per cent of girls do not complete secondary schooling and one of the major contributing factors to this appalling statistic is the poor quality of education and unhygienic sanitation facilities in our schools.
To help resolve this pressing issue,
A toilet and running tap water has changed the life of seventh grader Reena Kumar, the captain of Rehna Government School girls’ handball team in Haryana. Till some time ago, the 14-year-old had to coerce her parents to send her to school. She was one among only eight girls who attended classes regularly. The reason? Her friends from the village did not attend school as it did not have a secure lavatory. This is the story of many villages in IndiaRead More