We live in a time when we often hear of the brightest minds being produced in India. However, it is extremely important that we face the fact that we also rank towards the bottom in almost every educational index that deals with primary education, in order to be able to take action.
While the number of children attending school in India continues to rise (up to 94%), the education system has been inadequately developed. We are wracked by a shortage of resources, schools, classrooms and teachers.
The most worrying fact is that almost 42.39% of our children drop out before completing Standard V; many of those who stay on learn little.
This involves addressing major concerns in the areas of:
Our strategy for furthering access to quality education relies on effective school reform, teacher capacity building, and helping communities establish small schools in extremely underserved regions.