4 Reasons Village Children in India Aren’t Educated

Dhoker Jhara Village and Jatapara Village, India

“In India today, 4% of our children never start school. 58% don’t complete primary schools. And 90% don’t complete school,” reports Teach for India. Sushil, National Leader for GHNI-India, leads a team of trainers who have faced these realities first hand. Working alongside villagers in the Dhoker Jhara and Jatapara villages, they are taking strides in reversing this problem.

Sushil and his team have deduced the lack of education to several challenges rooted in the local economy. All Families in Dhoker Jhara and Jatapara villages are farmers dependent on the rainy season. They may only be able to harvest one crop per year; or maybe two if they have a proper irrigation system. Even harvesting two crops in a year means these villagers are jobless for nearly half the year. This sets up a whole series of challenges which prevent their children from receiving an education.

1. Children Aren’t Accountable to their Education

Parents may spend off-season time searching for miscellaneous jobs, leaving their children home to their own devices. So, some days they may go to school and other days they don’t.

2. Available Education Proves Inadequate

The school near these villages begins late in the morning and ends early in the day. Students receive barely 5 hours of schooling each day compared to most western education systems where students receive around 7 hours of daily instruction.

3. Children Aren’t Motivated to Learn

When students arrive home from school, they do not study, so what they learned that day is not reinforced. Parents don’t encourage studying because they are not educated themselves and do not fully understand the value of education, reducing their motivation to instill this valuable opportunity in their children.

4. Families Lack Resources for a Proper Education

Many families in these rural villages work hard to just put a meal on the table every day. They do not have the resources for school supplies and school fees. They need their children to help with chores around the house after school and do not have electricity so the children can study at night.

 

Four Strategies for Success

Through Transformational Community Development (TCD), leaders have developed a strategy to improve children’s attendance and success in school.

  1. Leaders are working with parents to help them provide a more sustainable income for their families.
  2. Lessons on the value of education are being taught to parents.
  3. Parents are being asked to invest in their children’s education with a small fee to hire a before school tutor for their children.
  4. A before school tutoring program was established.

Until parents begin to truly embrace the value of education, we are offering to jump start the children’s program with 6 months’ salary for the four tutors to instruct the 60 children. Additionally, the program is currently being held outside on a dirt surface. Plans are being made for 4 classrooms equipped with a black board, floor mats, and school supplies for an optimal study environment.

Would you help equip our classrooms?

$1440 Four classrooms with 6 months tutor’s salary

$360 One classroom with 6 months tutor’s salary

 

Or help equip part of a classroom:

$30/month Salary for one tutor

$90 15 backpacks with school supplies for one class

$60 Classroom Mats for one classroom

$30 Blackboard for one classroom