World Bank statistics found that fewer than 40 percent of adolescents in India attend secondary schools. The Economist reports that half of 10-year-old rural children could not read at a basic level, over 60% were unable to do division, and half dropped out by the age 14. Women have much lower literacy rate than men. Far fewer girls are enrolled in the schools, and many of them drop out due to inadequate school facilities (such as sanitary facilities), shortage of female teachers and gender bias in curriculum.
One study found out that 25% of public sector teachers and 40% of public sector medical workers were absent during a survey. Among teachers who were paid to teach, absence rates ranged from 15% to 71%. Only 1 in nearly 3000 public school head teachers had ever dismissed a teacher for repeated absence. A study of 188 government-run primary schools found that 59% of the schools had no drinking water and 89% had no toilets.
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to an education. Unfortunately, education is still a distant dream for many.
Many children living in rural areas receive a level of education which is very poor. Overall enrollment in primary and middle schools are very low. Fifty percent of children living in these areas leave school before the fifth grade. These children leave school for variety of reasons: some leave because of lack of interest; most leave so that they can work in the fields, where the hours are long and the pay is low.
A large percent of the dropouts are females. Forced by their parents, most girls perform chores and tend the family at home. These are some of the reasons why sixty percent of all females in India are illiterate, a figure much higher than those of males. As these children grow into adults, many are still illiterate by the age of forty. These uneducated adults are also reluctant to send their own children to school because of their failure in the education system. This in turn creates a problem for the next generation.
While the children living in rural areas continue to be deprived of a quality education, part of the reason why is due to their teachers. A large number of teachers refuse to teach in rural areas and those that do are usually unqualified. As the lack of teachers creates many obstacles for children in rural schools, another setback is the lack of resources. Lack of books and other reading materials seem to be a widespread problem. The use of high-tech devices such as computers is very rare. Another condition of the schools are the inadequate facilities the classes are actually taught in. Some schools are located in warehouses while others in small houses. Many of the rural schools operate without electricity.
Concentrating our attention on two of the the worst states for literacy we have setup schools in both Jharkhand and Orissa.
Here we provide education approximately of 650 children in which 260 children are boarding at our Ashram where they receive food, shelter and clothing. We run classes from 1st to 12th. Onkar Kamal Charan Public School – We provide education more than 400 children in 2 schools. We run classes from 1st to 10th.
Here we provide education, shelter, clothing and food for over 250 children. We run classes from 1st to 8th.
Here we provide education for over 650 children in which 46 children stay in our Ashram. We provide two buses for the children who live a long distance from School.
We have setup a recently constructed High School which will provide education at higher level for more than 200 students from 16-18 years of age. Its due to be fully operational by the end of 2010. A new B.ED college is under construction and should be completed late 2010. It will provide training at a undergraduate level for approximately 200 students wishing to train in nursing and teaching. The aim is to provide essential qualifications to student to promote growth and sustainability in the local areas and greater prospects for employment and economic growth.