“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ”- Nelson Mandela
Living in the dazzle of our expeditious lives, we never ponder over the fact that despite being the fifth largest economy in the world, around 35 million children aged 6 -14 do not get the opportunity to go to school in India.
Children are beaten, maimed to beg on the streets or forced to work as labourers with nary a chance of a stable future at an age when they are supposed to receive an education.
The gleam of brand new colorful notebooks, the fragrance of thousands of fresh pages, makes us forget that in a different part of our world, children are devoid of the same. It is time we take action to address this issue because when the rights of children are at stake, there should be no silent witnesses. This is the belief that motivated me to work to rectify this problem at my level.
I then came across Pehchaan The Street School, which gave me and many others a platform to make a difference.
I saw passion, determination and will power in those tiny tots, when I paid my first visit to the Pehchaan center. It was an eye-opening opportunity because along with the hunger for knowledge, I saw dreams in those twinkling little eyes. So along with Pehchaan, I made it my duty to help them reach their dreams. It is said “Education is not the answer to the question, but is the means to the answer to all questions” and I firmly believe in this.
Pehchaan The Street School works day and night to provide these children with such means. Education is a route out of poverty for many children. It gives them a chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve their lives. But millions of children never see the inside of a classroom. 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. 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate. In India, only 53% of habitation has a primary school and 20% of habitation has a secondary school.
Pehchaan The Street School is an organization that is working intensively towards providing free education to such underprivileged children. Together we can mould the future of these children, together we can mould the future of India. If you desire to to reach out and help these children, join our team today!