“I acknowledge my issues, I’m working on it and I am a work in progress”. We hear this from our Founder, @priya, a zillion times and no we don’t get irritated one bit.
Santosh is from Bihar and he moved to Noida almost 3 years ago. He was mocked a lot for his accent by the kids at school. He withdrew into a shell but to our delight, he eventually found a way around all the mockery and decided to take a step forward towards self-development.
He is tutored by our amazing new volunteer Devansh (who's doing a fabulous job as we can see!) and here is a snippet of Santosh being grateful for all that @priya has done for him.
Here's hoping this restores his self-confidence so that the world can see him shine!
India has the LARGEST illiterate population in the world. According to UNESCO (@UNESCO), India’s literacy rate is at 74%. While we have made progress in improving literacy over the years, we are still home to 287 million illiterate people. This is 37% of the global total. While we might be enrolling more and more children in schools, are they actually learning anything? The focus on attendance has grown, but what about the QUALITY of education that's being imparted? While India’s literacy rate rose from 48% in 1991 to 63% in 2006, population growth cancelled the gains. So, as a country, there was no change in the number of illiterate adults. The report also states that India is among the 21 countries facing an “extensive” learning crisis. This can only be combated with a competent education system that helps young children overcome the many…
28 student suicides are reported every day in India. Has the societal emphasis on marks done more harm than good to the real pursuit of knowledge? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour one student commits suicide in India, with about 28 such suicides reported every day.
Schools were intended to benefit the society by educating its citizens, but an education system which states that grades are the epitome of intellect has stripped education of its beauty.
Last year, 19 students in Telangana committed suicide within a week after State’s intermediate results were announced. Two years back, 12 students in Madhya Pradesh ended their lives in a single day after the release of the board exam’s results. Esteemed institutions like IITs and India’s coaching hub- Kota has seen a series of student suicides every year.
Historically, grades have existed primarily for institutions and not for the benefit of student learning per se. As more and more educational institutions were foun…
Kerala: #1 in literacy rate and #2 in crime rate. What are we doing wrong?
It is globally expected that literacy and crime rates have a negative correlation. Even though illiteracy is only one factor among many others that contribute to a high crime rate in a country, education undoubtedly plays an important role. However, this has not been true in the case of Kerala. It is now disputed that crime is committed even by the most educated individuals and many times illiterate people have exhibited high moral fibre.
Does this indicate that the education being imparted in our schools is not focused towards producing independent-thinking, moral and ethical pupils? Even though many schools claim that they incorporate policies and practices in such a way that all students excel academically, it can be observed that those students also portray undesirable behaviours like bullying or cheating on exams.
The strong and singular emphasis on getting good marks or just passing exams in schools has led …