Children, Education, and Development
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela
Often, we get lost in the humdrum of our own lives and fail to recognise and identify with the larger need of the society around us. However, if you pause here for about a couple of minutes, you will realise that the society needs us in a much more critical way then we must have ever assumed!
Today, we will delve into the significance of education among children and how it affects their development. But, before that let’s review the educational and health status of children in India.
The above-mentioned statistics is not something any of us would be proud of or would want the country to be recognised as. Thus, it is time we all paid conscious cognisance to these not-so-pleasant revelations by actively acting to better the situation.
Importance of education and nutrition
It is clear that when children are denied of basic nutrition and schooling, they are denied of proper health, right to education, and the right to aspire. As an intervention, the government has taken several measures such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, school mid-day meal programme and the like. Health and education are two aspects for an overall development of children. Healthy children have the urge to learn and achieve. They are active and participate in different activities that contributed to their development. Similarly, education gives them the opportunity to learn and instils in them a sense of confidence to achieve. Education opens up different avenues to explore and children gain knowledge of several subjects and skills. The education that children receive directly impacts their future goals and progresses. And, in this way it impacts the progress of the entire nation.
Need for intervention
It is being reported that the largest section of India’s population is under the age of 25, of which 39% are children aged between 0 and 18 years. If this 39% are not provided with proper nutrition and education they may turn out to be a huge liability in spite of having the potential to become resourceful assets for the country. And, for the governmental initiatives to reach the grass root level, we as citizens must get involved too. And, one can do so by supporting the cause of several child-centric NGOs like The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Akshaya Patra is an NGO for children implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme since 2000. The Foundation supports the education of more than 1.7 million children across India by providing them with unlimited nutritious meals on every school day. And, over the years of service, the NGO has witnessed tangible impact on the health and education of its beneficiaries.
Make a difference
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” And, it fits well in the current scenario of Indian demographic dividend. We all have the ability to make a difference in our own ways. So, step forward and donate for education in India. Interestingly, just by contributing Rs. 950, you can provide a deserving a child with a year full of wholesome meals and a year full of rightful education. Not to forget, your contribution of today will manifest as a developed and prosperous India.