Literacy is critical to the upliftment and socio-economic empowerment of every society. It can provide people and communities with access to numerous critical services and rights, as well as enhance their standard of living, as a stepping stone to comprehensive transformation.
Children who are not exposed to relevant materials such as books, as well as possibilities to study and practice reading and writing, will develop their brains less than their more affluent peers. This is the reality for many of India’s children from low-income households, SC/ST, and ethnic minority groups, and they are thus destined for a life of struggle and failure.
For youngsters, one of the most significant disruptions to education is a lack of nourishment. While India’s Right to Education Act (RTE), enacted in 2010, constitutionally promotes inclusive education, it is the government’s recognition of the importance of nutrition in education that has resulted in Mid-Day Meals.
The Rs 13,000 crore Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDM) feeds 10 crore children in over 12 lakh government and government-aided schools in classes 1 to 8. Children who do not have access to a well-balanced diet high in protein, carbs, and fat perform poorly in school. Furthermore, if families cannot afford such nourishment, they are more likely to force their children into child labor, so jeopardizing their child’s future potential. Children are less likely to perform well in school if they do not receive appropriate nutrients.
India must not just enroll tens of millions of children in school, but also ensure that they do not drop out and can perform well. Given the essential role of civil society in children’s education access, we must recognize and support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in fostering a culture that fires student love for education. Despite the government’s numerous measures, there is still much work to be done. Manav Kalyan Seva Charitable Trust can help strengthen community participation and dialogue, as well as find and implement new learning approaches throughout India.
Among the numerous ways in which MKSCT advocates for children’s rights, donated funds are used to effect long-term change in communities across India. Its Child Protection Programme focuses on ensuring education continuation even during disasters. Its notion of education goes beyond ‘bookish knowledge,’ as it prioritizes all-around education through contact and activity centers that provide children with play places and vocational training. Enrollment drives are also used to guide out-of-school and street youngsters into formal learning.