Education, the birth right of every child

In spite of the Indian governmentís commitment towards universal education, at present almost half the children in India do not attend school. The rate of illiteracy is even higher in rural areas, especially amongst females. Without a foundation in basic education, these children are trapped in a life of hard labor with barely sustainable wages. India can never aspire to fulfill its destiny as a key role player in the world unless illiteracy is wiped out. At SatChetana, we recognize that education is the birth right of every child.

The problem with the Indian education system

The Indian education system, despite being the second largest in the world, has an abysmal international standing. It emphasizes and produces quantity, not quality. Ironically, even that quantity is insufficient because half of India remains illiterate. A major flaw of the education system, right from kindergarten to the post-graduate level, from bustling metros to rural isolated mountains, is that it is basically an information-fed rather than inquiry-based method of imparting knowledge. A conscious education aims far higher than the mere conveyance of bare facts; it aims to transform, to evolve , not merely in the amount of knowledge gathered but also in the abilities to function, to think and acquire habits, skills and attitudes, which characterize an individual who is socially accepted and adjusted. Unfortunately, the current system of education in India does not prepare its students to meet these demands. The tragic result is that after graduation, thousands of students join the labor force with no specialized or marketable skills and therefore, cannot find suitable employment.

We believe that quality education is the key to overcoming the distinct challenges most of India faces today, be it poverty, overpopulation, human right violations, unemployment, or healthcare issues. Unfortunately, this is available to a select few who can afford private schooling. Quality public education, which is each citizenís right and the nationís duty to its citizens, remains a failed promise.

Indian education for India

True education should be relevant to the studentís current and future context. It should be commensurate with the nationís unique heritage. India has its share of both unique challenges and unique cultural values. A rightfully conceived education will equip students to face these unique challenges while preserving the nationís distinct character.

This is an enormous challenge. It is also an immense opportunity.