Closing the Rural Education Gap: Empowering Children for a Brighter Future

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Dr. Subhash Gupta, Chairman of Red Cross Society, Ghaziabad

In a fast-changing world, education is lacking in rural areas. The condition of the education system of rural areas of India has been concerned since Independence. It serves as the foundation for economic development, social advancement, and personal growth. Education equips people with the information, skills, and capacity for critical thinking they need to overcome challenges and make significant contributions to society. As a fundamental right, everyone deserves an education, the world is going towards digitalization, and more advanced technologies are coming, so it becomes important for the upcoming generation to get educated. It will help them get their future bright, and it will also help the nation in their development.

 However, the rural education system sometimes fails to fulfill the expectations. Children are unable to access basic educational materials such as teachers, books, and notebooks. Short attendance is caused by insufficient educational resources and transportation concerns. A shortage of qualified teachers leads to overcrowding in classrooms. Schools in remote regions require sufficient facilities, including classrooms, restrooms, and safe drinking water for staff and students. Financial challenges may cause families to drop their children from school due to poor status. This creates a cycle of poverty for future generations.

 Research says that 37% of students cannot attend school due to a lack of resources. Fortunately, several strategies are being implemented to improve the education system in rural India. Government campaigns like “Padhega India Tabhi To Badhega India” (A developed India is when India learns), “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (Save the girl child, educate the girl child), and “Viksit Bharat” (Developed India) aim to promote education for rural children. These initiatives include providing educational materials, scholarships, and mid-day meals to attract and retain students. As well, the government distributes bicycles to students to facilitate transportation and offers tablets and laptops to high-performing students as part of the Digital India program. Prize money and scholarships are also awarded to top performers in board exams. These efforts hold promise for improving the quality of education in rural areas and creating a brighter future for children.

 According to Dr. Subhash Gupta, Chairman of Red Cross Society, Ghaziabad-

 I highly appreciate the work that is done by the government and the campaigns that are started by them. It will help the children of places where education is not accessible to get educated, and to make themselves a great person in the future. The children of my locality were not getting a better education because of financial issues, fewer accessories, and no guidance. I want every child to get a better education by every source of education whether by books, teachers, or workshops to study and make themselves an educated and a good person who is going to have a bright future. I am keen to help the children in every possible aspect so they should not face any problems with their studies and should not be affected due to financial issues.