Every child must have access to quality education as it develops essential skills to earn a living and make informed decisions. An educated individual is more capable of navigating through hard times and contributing to the growth of society in comparison to an individual who never received formal education.
Quality education helps children realise their maximum potential and attain financial independence. Education also plays a vital role in eradicating poverty and achieving social justice. India has made great strides in increasing literacy rates across the country. The Right to Education Act 2009 enabled millions of children to get formal education. But according to the 2011 Census, there are approximately 8.4 crore children in the 5-17 age group who do not go to a school. It is a matter of grave concern that such a large number of children are not getting educated.
Here are some reasons why education is important for underprivileged children:
- Education is essential for developing critical thinking.
- Education plays a pivotal role in getting higher-paying jobs.
- Kids who are educated can communicate effectively.
- Education promotes gender equality and helps create a society that empowers the underprivileged.
- Education reduces child labour.
- Education can eradicate social evils like child marriage and dowry.
- Education increases creativity and imagination.
- Education is a powerful tool to break free from generational poverty.
- Quality education about health, nutrition and hygiene and drastically reduce preventable deaths.
How CARE India Helps Underprivileged Children Get Educated?
CARE India is a not-for-profit organisation working towards empowering marginalised women and girls with our holistic interventions in Health, Livelihood, Education and Disaster Relief & Resilience. CARE India works on individual, community and systemic levels to create a lasting impact, and we are aiming to impact the lives of more than 30 million people by 2024.
CARE India’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) is playing an important role in girls’ education and improving the whole education system. The goal of GEP is to empower 5 million Dalit and Adivasi girls and women. Quality education builds self-esteem, leadership and confidence, and it can help marginalised women bring change in their families, schools and communities.
CARE India has reached 124,879 children, including 71,554 girls, and helped them in becoming a part of the Indian education system. More than 3590 schools across 7 states are benefiting through our 15 projects. Do read about our key programmes like Kanya Sampoorna, STEM Laboratories and Udaan. As an NGO, we rely on the generosity of our donors to fund our programmes and reach more children and women. If you want to play a part in impacting the lives of thousands of people, you can donate to CARE India.