Helping Hands

Education is the road that children follow to reach their full potential in life.

Yet many children in the country do not get quality education where they can learn and develop skills to accomplish their desire. We at Codefficient are willing to teach the less fortunate the art of Computer Science and Technology.

What happens when a country like India has over 3 million children living on the streets? Or has over 150 million children working as bonded laborers? Or one out of every six girl child does not live to see her 15th birthday? What happens when despite having a national policy for compulsory primary education, only 50% of children have access to education?

The statement “Children are the future of the nation” stops making sense, then! In fact, it sounds like an ominous prophecy. For how can we explain that even after several years of independence, half of India’s children are illiterate? Despite identifying primary education as a key thrust area and possessing one of the largest networks of schools in the world.

Clearly, we have a lot to answer for. And as concerned citizens do something about it; something meaningful and concrete. No more do we have the luxury of blaming the system or postponing our actions. The time to take collective as well as individual responsibility to remedy the present situation is here. Right now! And also we need much more Smiles to cater to the vast (increasing) number of children in our country’s population.

 

Definition of a Child in India

As per the child rights charter, a universal definition of “child” includes all persons under the age of 18, 40 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 18 years which at 400 million is the world’s largest child population.

Facts on Education

Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 and 14 go to school.A little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight.

  • At least 35 million children aged 6 – 14 years do not attend school. 53 per cent girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate.
  • In India, only 53 per cent of habitation has a primary school.
  • In India, only 20 per cent of habitation has a secondary school.
  • On an average an upper primary school is 3 km away in 22 per cent of areas under habitations.
  • In nearly 60 per cent of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V.
  • On an average, there are less than three teachers per primary school. They have to manage classes from I to V every day.
  • The high cost of private education and need to work to support their families and little interest in studies are the reasons given by 3 in every four drop-outs as the reason they leave.
  • Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V, it’s 50 per cent for boys, 58 per cent for girls.
  • 1 in 40, the primary school in India is conducted in open spaces or tents.
  • In Andhra Pradesh (South India), 52 upper primary schools were operating without a building in 2002, while in 1993, there were none.
  • In Maharashtra (West India), there were 10 schools operating without a building in 1993, this has climbed to 33 in 2002.
  • More than 50 per cent of girls fail to enroll in school; those that do are likely to drop out by the age of 12.
  • 50 per cent of Indian children aged 6-18 do not go to school.

Source: 7th All India Education Survey, 2002

Literacy Updates in India

The literacy ratio of India is 65.38% with male literacy at 75.85% and female literacy at 54.16% Of the 193 million Children in the age group 6 to 14 years, 8.1 million children are out of school as of Sept 2004 as per Government statistics.

  • Net primary enrolment ratio in 2001/02 : 83 7%
  • Children reaching grade 5 in 2000/01 : 59 8 %

Ministry of Finance / Press Information Bureau Data

  • Number of Primary Schools in India : 0.664 million (2001-02)
  • Number Upper Primary Schools in India : 0.219 million
  • Population in the age group of 6-14 years : 193 Million
  • Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools : 0.133 million; Enrollment : 30.5 million

Findings from the Survey – ‘Social infrastructure like education is as important as physical infrastructure, not only for sustaining high growth but also for enhancing welfare. The root of poverty often lies in illiteracy.’

Census of India 1991

  • State with highest literacy rate : Kerala (89.8)
  • State with lowest literacy rate : Bihar (38.5)
  • District with highest literacy rate : Kottayam, Kerala (95.7)
  • District with lowest literacy rate : Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh (19.0)

We gathered a team of professionals who are ready to teach the less fortunate people age no bound and give them knowledge they desire. We also intend to help them achieve greater heights so they can contribute in improving the society and help the needy people.