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Jan 16, 2018

NGOs Strengthening the Education System in India

Oxfam India   /   Naureen Khan

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and the most effective way to break out of the cycle of poverty. Yet, after 70 years of Independence, over two crore children (NSS-2014) still remain out-of-school in India. These children are not only deprived of their right to receive an education but they lose their childhood to earn bread for a living.

Government through its Right to Education Act, 2009 have been making its way in enrolling and retaining children in school especially from the marginalized sector. According to the National Survey for Estimation of Out-of-School Children conducted in 2014, more than 60% of children dropped out before completing 3rd grade and according to the Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), nearly 50% of students dropped out by 11th grade.  With the existence of such staggering numbers, the proper implementation of the Right to Education Act is yet to be made. 

The Power of NGOs

When there is a major imbalance, NGOs exists to balance the see-saw. NGOs like Oxfam India play a significant role in ensuring that every child especially the poor receive the opportunity to build a better future through education. Many NGOs like Oxfam India, Save the Children, World Vision, UNICEF, Cry etc in India work at the grass-root level to strengthen the education system, spread awareness about the importance of education and enrol as many children as possible so they can thrive in life.

Oxfam India is an NGO that continues to work in the six poorest states of India (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa) to send the most vulnerable and underprivileged children back to school and empower them to break out of poverty.

NGO works through contributions and you too can support an NGO and change a child's life forever. While supporting a cause, you will also save tax. When you donate to an NGO like Oxfam India, you help in the following ways,

NGO helps in identifying the most vulnerable children in the poorest states of India. Due to unaccessibility and poverty, children miss out on school. Oxfam India helps enrol children in school under the Right to Education Act (RTE). Children who have dropped out and missed few years of schooling, Oxfam provides them with gap classes which help them get enrolled in their age-appropriate grade.

Awareness and Counselling
Through workshops and various activities, awareness is generated amongst parents and local communities about the importance of education. Oxfam India also conducts regular counselling sessions to encourage parents to send their children especially girls to school and help them participate in various activities.

Management Committees
Oxfam India forms school management committees comprising of teachers, students and parents to help them take accountability in children and school's development. 

Skill-Development Workshops
Learning activities, sports and school committees help children in personality development and leadership. Oxfam India conducts multiple activities in schools that help them learn their rights, build skills and develop confidence.

Quality Education
To receive quality education other elements play a major role. Oxfam India helps in proper implementation of Right to Education Acts in schools across six poorest states in India, train teachers, strengthen school infrastructure, provide books and other learning materials to children and schools in need.

All this can be achieved when we work together. You can be a part of this change. A monthly contribution can help families break out of poverty. When crores of children are out-of-school, contributions from generous individuals like you can make their dream of going to school a reality. In 2016-17, Oxfam India helped over 1.1 lakh children in India. You too can help children build a better future for themselves and our nation.
Donate today to an NGO like Oxfam India and be a part of a movement. Gift a child education. 

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