Rural Education

Imagine Life with Education and without Education

Life always seems too cruel and uncompromising to us. We strive to get every bit of food, water and fortune to make a living. In today’s rat races, people will put in a surprising amount of effort to something only so that their side of the lucky coin falls flat. There are learned, well-spoken people from rich families, who have family problems and disputes. Then there are the struggling, unpaid people who have financial problems.

Education is a valuable asset and handy tool in our ruthless world of dirty tricks played off by people fighting for a larger share of leisure. You never know when that scientific law you learnt once might help you to pick a lock later when you can’t find your keys. Say, you were never educated. While life isn’t impossible without education, it’s a rougher fight. While education helps you learn about basic things, it also helps to shape your character and personality. It teaches you to face things you never thought you’d be able to face. You pick up unexpectedly useful things which you can rule out later on in life.

Now, if you never went through the process of schooling, books, writing and recollecting information, there would be many downs in life. You wouldn’t be able to overcome thoughts, fears and even places which you forbid yourself from approaching. But with the unusual power of books, education, learning, thinking and interpretation you can reach untold places. So be thankful that you were lucky enough to be presented with the fruit of education. Be happy that you could learn more about the universe, the place you live in. Even if depression strikes, you can find ways to cope with it.

Be glad that you were one of the people entrusted with the gift of learning, of the many billion people in the world. Of the many billions in our Earth, millions have no access to pursuing a career through professional education.

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Why is Education Important for Children in Rural Areas

Education is the most important tool for the kids of a nation. Without literacy and advanced education a growth of a nation is impossible, especially in a vast country like ours where people huddle for every inch of space. There is scarcity of water, electricity, roads and proper buildings in many of the remote regions. In some arid regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat there is no rainfall and any possibility of agriculture. In such areas people live in hand to mouth conditions. People struggle even for every single meal and they don’t even have proper clothes to wear.

Think about people who are unable to break the barriers of their traditional occupations like farming, cattle breeding, mining, fishing or weaving. Why should a weaver’s son only grow up to become a weaver and nothing else. Isn’t it unfair for him as well as the country he’s a citizen of. But even if he wants to pursue a profession that’s unconventional, he’ll need help and resources to do so. We at Shift have designed innovative plans and opportunities for such kids who have to and need to break the norms. It’s a major paradigm shift for such kids to dream it big in this world. And we are here to write for them a brand new future in pink.

We give them books and stationery with your support in an amount as little as Rs.10/-. We collaborate with couriers and publishers who directly supply the items to the school authorities and the respective kids who are interested in going to school. We bring smiles back to these bright kids who have lot of potential hidden in them.

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Statistics of Schools with Shortage of Stationery

80% of our huge country is still living in the rural area. Education is the most important factor that builds the foundation of the country’s future generation. It is also the key to a sustained economic growth.

Currently, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is implemented as India’s main programme for universalizing elementary education. Its overall goals include universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in education and enhancement of learning levels of children. SSA provides for a variety of interventions, including inter alia, opening of new schools and alternate schooling facilities, construction of schools and additional provisioning for teachers, periodic teacher training and academic resource support, textbooks and support for learning achievement. These provisions need to be aligned with the legally mandated norms and standards and free entitlements mandated by the RTE Act. Shift is one such organization which is working for similar causes.

But the statistics of the number of schools in Gujarat and Rajasthan according to the Shift campaign is quite alarming. In most of these regions schools run by the government are free but, without any aid or basic stationery goods.

Keeping in view this massive shortage of stationery supplies in schools, Shift is raising a huge concern and also making efforts to raise an amount as low as Rs 10/- per child, to buy these stuff.

In Gujarat, as many as 15,557 households in 779 villages of 26 districts were covered in the 2016 ASER. It revealed that enrolment rate of children in Gujarat villages was 97.6 per cent, against the national average of 97 per cent.

However, the attendance level of enrolled children has declined to 83 per cent in 2016 from 85.5 per cent in 2014.

Most of these kids inspite of being intelligent and enrolled in respective government schools are unable to pursue their studies due to lack of basic tools like pens, pencils, papers, chalk, erasers and black boards. Some of them rise up early morning and walk 8 to 10 miles to reach school. Attending school is the most tenacious job for these kids.

Not every family in the remote areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan can afford stationery as most of them survive with bare minimum necessities and need a drastic change in their living conditions.

Though the literacy rate in Rajasthan has increased in last few years but its overall literacy is way behind the national average.

According to the Elementary private schools are in rural areas as well. Of the five types of schools, primary schools create the largest groups. Across the state of Rajasthan there are a total of 109,189 schools. Of these 77,833 are government schools and 29,766 are private schools. There are only 1,590 unrecognized schools. Of the government schools, a majority of 72,954 are in rural locations.

Shift is trying to bring a shift in this downslide of education through it’s educational campaign and supply stationery items to all the kids in rural Gujarat and Rajasthan in a limited time span. We pledge to give our 100% towards promoting education in these areas.

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