“To build a nation, build a school.” -Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning Economist
“Education for All” in India has intensified since the 1990s. 17% of children, aged 5 to 14 are still out of school. The cost of schooling is one of the major obstacles in the retention and completion of schooling for slum children. Poverty affects a child’s development and educational outcomes beginning in the earliest years of life, both directly and indirectly.
Holistic development of children ensures a healthier and brighter future for them. Both individual characteristics and contextual factors determine how children can benefit from educational opportunities and over the course of time, escape from poverty and stress.
Education is a pretty broad concept that surpasses the four walls of a classroom. The core aim of education is to foster all round development of a child. All round development essentially means intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development. To fulfil these objectives, there is a prime need of striking a balance between syllabus, curriculum, books and also co-curricular activities beyond that. Co-Curricular activities are those which are undertaken side by side with the curricular activities. It gives the students an opportunity to develop particular skills and exhibit their non-academic abilities. Activities such as music, art or drama, participating in school sports team, school debating team or student newsletters all comprise of co-curricular activities. They are the true and practical experiences gained by students by their own learning.
Education can be the catalyst needed by these children to pull not only them but their whole family out of the cycle of poverty and disparity. Education will give them the power to dream of a better future and a dignified life with improved food security and also better standard of health.