India is a growing economy, however millions of our fellow Indians continue to languish in poverty.
One of the biggest reasons for this is the lack of education. Lack of this common right has deprived large sections of our society of even the most basic of human rights. A recent UN report on education released stated that India still has the largest number of illiterate adults in the world. In fact, did you know that over half of the illiterate adults live in just four countries: Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan. Appalling isn’t it ?
“There are currently 7.5 million children out of school in India. Of those who attend school, 50% will drop out before Class V. Underlining that poverty is a critical factor that blocks access to education, it quotes a 2005 survey that in India the poorest 20 per cent were over three times more likely to be out of school than children from the richest 20 per cent.”
Teach For India is a nationwide movement that aims to bridge the educational gap in India by placing promising college graduates and young professionals in low-income government & private schools to teach full-time for two years. The organization’s mission is to build a movement of leaders who will eliminate inequity in education and meet the vision that ‘One day all children will receive an excellent education.’ While, it’s a low paying job that requires a full time commitment, the experience is worth its weight in gold. It does need a two year commitment from you so don’t apply if you’re not sure.
As part of Positive India, we are making good advance in cutting down the school drop-outs. Various government led programs coupled with wonderful initiatives by Corporates and NGOs are making a wide difference bringing in great impact in getting children back to schools.
Teach for India is an initiative conceptualized and led by the Times of India group and is present in five Indian cities - Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. It is also a part of the ‘Teach for All’ network which comprises of similar organizations in 26 other countries.
And you never know that the cure to cancer / AIDS and other such diseases, which can’t be treated, could be trapped in the mind of someone who can't afford or hasn't had an opportunity to get an education! You could be the one to find that bright star and start his / her journey towards finding the cure!
For more information on the program and applying do log on to www.teachforindia.org.