Is every child getting an equal opportunity for education?
Debates surrounding the education sector and education for underprivileged children are the trending
topic to date. The discussion ranges from whether there should be an increase in reservations of seats for
underprivileged children, what sorts of education are provided to them, the institutions required, and even what kind of teachers are suitable for them. Education is the most powerful tool for any country’s social
and economic progress.
Is it correct to divide the children based on socioeconomic status?
The current scenario for underprivileged education is that society doesn’t allow them to go beyond the limits even if they are ready, labels given to them as “Backward people or low-class people”. In India, many children fail to receive a quality education. The underprivileged children do not have access to a school because of socioeconomic conditions or the low value of their parents’ place on education. The school infrastructure is not adequate for the children to attend school.
According to the report, 32 million Indian children of up to 13 years have never attended any school, most of whom belong to the socially disadvantaged class. When it comes to quality, there is an extreme shortage of qualified and dedicated teachers. So, nothing extraordinary can be expected from the student. The condition of a rural area school is not so good there is a shortage of quality infrastructure, including fans in the classroom, not separate washrooms for girls and boys. There is a gap between policy and practice. The school is incomplete without a teacher, “the person who helps the children to learn something”. If the teacher is available, are they doing their duty honestly? Sometimes, teachers forget their responsibility towards underprivileged children. Teacher effectiveness has been found most crucial predictor of learning. There aren’t enough teachers for primary or secondary education, and many teachers who are currently available are untrained or don’t focus on them because they think “It is a waste of time and energy” and “at the end of the day, they do nothing” this is the condition of school in a rural area.
Now, it is high time to Reform education for underprivileged children because these children are unable to compete in today’s world or not getting an equal chance to participate. One of the fundamental rights that allows the individual to learn something without any discrimination is the “Right to education” it guarantees free, and quality education to all underprivileged children aged between 6 to 14 additionally, the incentives like Mid-day meals, scholarships, and reservations in the private school are designed to encourage the maximum enrollment of student from underprivileged backgrounds. The reforming of education for underprivileged children is not an easy task understanding the situation from their point of view is the key to Reforming education by going back to basics and understanding their socio-economic background and the absolute necessity of them.
Reforming education doesn’t mean pulling the children to school with promises of a meal or a scholarship or government giving proper training to the teacher. The problem goes deeper than that and cannot be solved by one entity alone. The problem cannot be solved alone by providing an environment that appreciates them and gives them equal opportunities. Creating an education-friendly environment is an arduous task because the resources are scarce or even if resources are available they are not accessible to them.
Will the problem solve if we work together ?
The government alone cannot do anything the primary way educational reform can be brought about is through collaboration and forming partnerships. The collaboration of- NGOs and the government can help these children build their identity in society. Pehchaan The street school emphasized the value of education as a fundamental right and always tried to go beyond that. Our mission is to provide free education for underprivileged children residing on the streets and in slum areas. Our volunteers go twice a week in slums to teach the disadvantaged children basic values, basic education, and the things which help them achieve something in their life. The journey is slow, but it is more effective and will show verifiable results that can be aided.