Population of India continues to increase along with the lop-sided growth and social inequalities. Many social issues, like poverty, malnutrition, inequality, trafficking, exploitation, child labor, alcoholism, corruption, crime and the like are becoming more and more prevalent. Careful analysis of data and trends show that if something is not done quickly to correct the social situation, such issues will only escalate. Most importantly, all of these issues are related to the lack of awareness, education and values.
A few glaring FACTS
TOO BIG TO ADDRESS IN ISOLATION
"The challenge of transforming education in India cannot be met by quick-fix solution or isolated reforms. It can only be accomplished with a clear, coherent, and coordinated vision of restructuring. What we require is a complete revolution where the entire schooling system is unbundled and then reimagined, keeping ‘student’ at the center. School leadership, teachers and regulators along with students and parents will need to work together to make this transformation materialize." - Technopak's Outlook on India's Schooling Segment (A vision for School 4.0) - Published in 2017
NEED FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR ADULTS
A the same time, many of the below poverty line families do not have sufficient training to undertake skilled work and sustain themselves on daily labor. They are so deprived that training is a luxury for them and day-to-day survival governs their priorities. Additionally, time invested in education seem like a missed opportunity for these deprived families, where the child could earn little extra money to them or could be a domestic help. While the parents and those above 15 years of age may have lost their primary education owing to their poverty, an immediate priority is to augment their skill level, elevating them to be a semi-skilled labor. This can provide the required impetus to their earning capacity thereby eliminating the need for their children to work.
We consider this to be the permanent and lasting solution to these issues addressing the needs to improve the livelihood of the family and affording a comparable opportunity for the children.
IT NEEDS COLLECTIVE FOCUS
There are many initiatives already in progress across the country and the globe focusing on specific aspects of wellbeing. Their goal may be different but are correlated, i.e. to help improve the quality of life and promote humanity. Per design and to meet their vision, most of these initiatives seem to be focused on their core objectives. This is great and is working fine, but limits them to work in silos and in pockets on a limited population.
At Ek-Asha, we feel, if some of these initiatives could join together to complement each other they could make a far larger and deeper impact. Each of those could continue to focus and operate in the own domain and specialization. If operate cohesively on a said population, the impact could be far larger and greater.
Ex:- There are organizations that feed the poor, there are others who create excellent course curriculum, few are good at building teaching methodology, some are building and supplying excellent teachers, some fund the learning materials, few on vocational training and others on arts, sports… etc. Imagine some or all of them come together to provide their expert services on a said population, we are sure the impact would be far greater.
It is important that we gather all parties for the holistic development of our next generation.