Education - A Ray of Hope

Dhulagori Mahila Samity

Education is a chance for a better life. Without an educated population, India will be unable to sustain a strong rate of growth.Without an education, young boys and girls will never benefit from the country’s progress and prosperity. In a country with 29 states, over 600 districts, and more than 350 million children*, it is a monumental task to ensure that every child is literate. A task that the government cannot accomplish alone. This is where DMS steps in... We try to work closely with the government at the state, district and village level. We strive to improve learning levels in hundreds of thousands of schools with the help of volunteers. Education is one of the main pillars of development but due to poverty parents are unable to provide proper education to their child. DMS recognizes the crucial role that education plays to build up human resource development & socio economic empowerment of the people. DMS is implementing on educational project with an aim to bring the drop-out children in organization premises through non formal education centre.

Majority of India still lives in villages and so the topic of rural education in India is of utmost importance. A survey named called the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), shows that even though the number of rural students attending schools is rising, but more than half of the students in fifth grade are unable to read a second grade text book and are not able to solve simple  mathematical problems. Not only this, the level of maths and reading is further declining. Though efforts are being made, they are not in the right direction. The reason cited for this problem in surveys is the increasing number of single classroom to educate students from more than one grade. In some states attendance of teachers and students is also declining. These are a few reasons why schools have failed to educate rural India.

Quality and access to education is the major concern in rural schools as there are fewer committed teachers, lack of proper text books and learning material in the schools. Though Government schools exist, but when compared to private schools then quality is a major issue. Majority of people living in villages have understood the importance of education and know that it is the only way to get rid of poverty. But due to lack of money they are not able to send their children to private schools and hence depend upon government schools for education. Above that, in some of the government schools there is only one teacher for the entire school and if they don’t show up at work, then it is a holiday. If the quality along with number of teachers and, that too committed teachers can be improved in these schools, then aspiring rural children and India can fulfill their dreams of doing something great.
Every village is not provided with school which means that students have to go to another village to get education. Owing to this parents usually do not send their daughters to school, leading to a failure in achieving rural education in India.
Poverty is another setback. Government schools are not as good and private schools are expensive. This results in a very low number of students actually clearing their secondary education and taking admission in a colleges for further studies. So the drop-out-rate at the secondary level is extremely high in villages. Only parents who can afford college education send their kids to secondary schools. If parents are not able to send their wards for higher education then all their previous efforts get wasted as completing just secondary education means a low paying job and the person is again struck in the same never ending cycle of money, life and poverty.
Most textbooks are in English and since people in rural areas of West Bengal either speak their native language or Bengali, but not English that defeats the purpose. This results in lack of their interest in studies. Though some of the students from villages are really brilliant, as they have a wealth of practical knowledge and know how to survive even in very harsh conditions of life, difficultly in understanding their textbooks, lack of facilities and their poverty are a hurdle in their education.
Quality related issues are far powerful than poverty. Students are not at all encouraged to think but they are asked to memorize pre-defined questions for exams. So for many students clearing examination at the end of  the session, passing their exam becomes more important than gaining knowledge. Also as per the new CBSE rule, every student is supposed to be promoted to the next class irrespective of marks in their examination. Hence majority of students do not bother to study, which means a decline in their education level . Neither students nor teachers take any interest in studies which is why the level of education is declining in India despite many efforts.
The foundation to turn India into a strong nation has to be laid down at primary and rural levels and so the quality of education right from the beginning should be excellent. Education and text books should be made interesting. For rural students textbooks related to their culture, their traditions and values should also be there so as to create their interest in studies.The reasons behind so many drop-outs in spite of free education should be found out as this is a hurdle on the road to progress. Improvement in the condition of government schools, education quality, committed teachers and more salaries to these teachers should be part of development.
There is a difference between city and village student not in terms of brain or development but their initial environment, skills, learning ability, availability of infrastructure, and access to different facilities. All of these must be considered while making the curricula which should not be different but how it is going to be taught would make the difference. Encourage the genuine rural students who are interested in education and make them competent. It is the time to replicate such efforts as our country and its rural population is very vast which means one of two stories of these kinds won’t make any difference. Instead of this large number of such schools are required in rural India. It is also absolutely mandatory to evaluate the success of the schools and students at each and every level. Timely assessment will throw light on present problems and achievements. Let us try to build a solution around these problems which will resolve the overall issues of rural education in India. We have ahead only one step & now many mores to go. Our try is to spread out the knowledge what ever we have gained in our academic life, among these rural children so that the basic needs of educationcan be fulfil with it. Afterwards we do another activities in cultural, sports to gather a sportsmanship, a competitive spirit among them that "Never Lose Hope Until Your Breathe Loses You."


Dhulagori Mahila Samity

* Child Welfare Programme :

This year two Balawadis (crèche) have been functioning like the previous years at greater villages of Dhulagori with 45 children in each ,with the help of mothers, teachers and helpers. Most of the parents belong to the poor SC/ST, and other backward classes. The children aging from a few months to five years (0-5 year) are given pre —school education ,health care and health check up ,supplimentary nutrition .etc.All these services are rendered free of cost .The Organization has also been running a NCLP (National Child Labour Project) school under the Central Government of India , since 2010. 50 children are currently enrolled in this school and attend classes each day .These children belong to the working classes who live nearby and have been rescued from various factories in and free mid-day aisal and are later enrolled into the local Government run schools. Dedicated teachers take their tasks seriously and teach these children not only the basics in all primary school subjects but also in hygiene and self cleanliness.



Dhulagori Mahila Samity

* Games & Sports :

Sports Day of Dhuiagori Manila Samity was held on 14th of November,2014 as is the trend each year . Some of the local schools and clubs participated in this event on this auspicious day. The Organisation helped 15 of the local clubs to purchase playing materials like footballs, volleyballs, cricket materials etc.


* Services for Child Education :

Our members continuously working for identification of drop-out children in the industrial belt of Howrah district, especially of Sankrail block and enrol them to local Primary Schools under National Literacy for Child Programme run by Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India. The team also follow up their attendance, availability of study materials, Parents' interest and consumption of Mid Day Meal.