Is it enough to provide jobs, skills and training to a generation of rural men and women instead of focusing on equal opportunities for their children?
It has been seen that in rural India, despite of the rapid economic growth, the inhabitants do not get equal opportunities compared to those born in urban India. One of the most common examples is the former president of India, Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who came from such a background and became the chief of DRDO and also the honour to be the first citizenship of India. But what about his friends, relatives or neighbours from his native village? The people of India never look at those who are left behind.
Everything we do is for our tummy. Thus, it all starts with food-sufficiency. It is often said “bhookhe pait bhajan na hoye”, which translates to food in adequate quantities is necessary before pursuing something. Remember, there is a big difference surviving and thriving.
This means addressing hunger and poverty must be the first priority. Taking this into consideration naturally uplifts health, nutrition and education. Social progress in terms of gender, family relationships and caste can also be developed. In the recent times, cash has been flowing increasingly but that is not enough. There are still some places which experience child malnourishment, maternal and infant mortality. Rural citizens have lesser decision making powers and almost no control over their own assets.
Education plays the key role
Access and quality of education is the major concern in rural schools as there are fewer committed teachers, lack of proper informative books and learning materials. This is why, an initiative has been taken by some of the non-profit organisations in India to provide appropriate rural education.
These organisations are mainly operated by NGOs and thus, majority of people living in villages have understood the importance of education. It is also clear to them that education is the only way to get rid of poverty. Today, people are not dependent only on government schools, as acquiring education has become a lot easier. Even the number of teachers has increased, that too with a commitment. Education for rural children in India has never been so easier with the help of such non profit organisations.
When it comes to rural India, urban citizens must not underestimate them and in general, it has been seen that villagers too give a tough fight in all aspects of the urban world.