Education is an important tool that can change one’s life. Individuals are better able to express themselves when they are educated. Education provides us with an understanding of the world around us as well as the opportunity to apply that knowledge wisely.
In an attempt to empower rural India with education, the SREI foundation has started a notable education initiative, the adoption of 15 “One Teacher” schools in 15 locations throughout the Gaya district of Bihar. As a small contribution to this important work being conducted by the Kanoria family and Hemant Kanoria, the Ministry of Education has been considering the publication of a series of brochures dealing with various aspects of education to guide this innovative medium of instruction through the country. Education helps in the development and innovation of technology. It goes beyond knowledge, elevates your place in society, and attain financial freedom.
The SREI belief in Education being a Fundamental Right
Despite the fact that education has been nationally recognized as a fundamental right country wide, many are denied it. Schools in rural India lack basic necessities such as drinking water, transportation, and qualified teachers when compared to those in urban areas. The vast majority of India’s population continues to live in rural areas and the demand-supply gap that exists in these areas is what SREI aims to address.
Education is directly related to many poverty solutions, including economic growth and a high standard of living for people living in rural areas. People will gain equality as a result of education. Education enables one to make realise one’s dreams and instils self-assurance and endurance. And hence, the long term vision that the Kanoria foundation holds for India starts with installation of quality educational units across the country. These one teacher schools are a strong beginning towards the same.
Education is frequently referred to as the “great equaliser.” It can help people get an education and support child well-being, which are globally recognised solutions to the poverty cycle. Food insecurity and poor nutrition are caused by poverty and unequal resource distribution, but they are also caused by a lack of knowledge about production methods and nutritional facts. In this very context, the one-teacher model works towards snowballing basic literary empowerment into the country’s larger growth.
- India’s tribal community is one of the densest tribal communities on the planet.
Well-rounded education of the youth has the potential to trigger significant change for overall communal and social development.
- Proper education will benefit not only the tribal population but also the Indian economy as a whole.
In India, there are approximately 550 tribes. According to the 1951 Census, tribal people made up 5.6 percent of the total population of the country. According to Census 2011, the number of scheduled tribes in India is 10,42,81,034, accounting for 8.6 percent of the total population, up from 8.2 percent in 2001. India’s population has been growing at a decadal rate of 17.64 percent between 2001 and 2011. The tribal community’s decadal growth rate was 23.7 percent during this time period, the same growth rate in rural areas was 21.3 percent, while it was 49.7 percent in urban areas.
Between 1961 and 2001, tribal literacy rates increased significantly, rising from 8.53 to 47.10. Female literacy rates increased significantly during this time period as well. Literacy rates among tribal women living in urban areas has increased similarly, rising from 13.45 in 1961 to 59.87 in 2001. During the same time period, literacy rates among rural tribal women increased from 2.90 percent to 32.44 percent. This is due to the ongoing efforts of the government and non-governmental organisations to improve educational opportunities for tribal community. The upward spiral of literacy rates in the tribal communities is testament to the fact that they are actively interested in embracing the power of education, and are limited, if only, by the lack of resources. In such a scenario, innovative models like one-teacher schools envisioned by leaders like Hemant Kanoria and implemented by SREI and Kanoria foundation can go a long way in amplifying growth and speeding progress.