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Education in India

"Education," says UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."

Among one of the leading priorities for the UNICEF worldwide is its commitment to ensure that every girl and every boy completes a quality, primary-school education.

The government of India is constitutionally committed to ensuring the right of every child to basic education.

Government efforts have been intensified in recent years following the launch of various programmes including the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) in 1992, the Minimum Levels of Learning (MLL) initiative and more recently the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (or the National Programme for Universal Elementary Education).

The number of children attending school has gone up many-fold since the time of India’s

Independence – increasing from around 19.2 million in 1950-51 to 113.8 million in 2000-01.

The environment in which India’s children live, learn and grow frustrates their attempts to have equal access to education.

Among the many contributing factors is the quality of the physical space that children inhabit.

Of India’s 700,000 rural schools, only one in six have toilets deterring children especially girls from going to school, and if enrolled, in remaining there.

Even though the rate of school attendance is better than ever before with more and more children between the ages of 6 and 14 enrolling at schools, the education system is inadequately developed - wracked by a shortage of resources, schools, classrooms and teachers.

Often, due to the resulting, poor quality of teaching, many children drop out before completing five years of primary school and many of those who stay on, learn little.

The drop out rate between the Class 1st to the Class 10+2, is nearly 94% in India. The present system is designed ONLY for the balance 6%. How are the balance 94%, who drop out, supposed to manage?

Think Global but Act local! Which means, that we should get all the Best Ideas from all over the World and implement them to Indian conditions, for achieving the Best Results for the people of India?