Picture courtesy - Biswajit Sahani
Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
- Malala Yousafzai
We look at children as a driving force that can transform and redesign our future. Education is the only medium that can achieve this feat. That is why we look at art as a tool and technology as an instrument to drive curiosity among children. If it can be embedded with education the possibilities are endless. A curious child holds the potential for a creative and imaginative exploration of the world. The confidence in one’s capabilities extends with creative freedom. Thus, we are aiming to build community spaces in urban and rural areas to provide education to underprivileged children with a new approach.
According to the 2011 census in Odisha, there are 35,928 primary and 20,427 upper primary schools to provide education at the elementary level, and nearly 1000 more upper primary schools opened under S.S.A to serve schooling in remote areas. Odisha's literacy rate is 73.5% marginally lacking behind India's literacy rate of 74.04%. Even though the literacy rate has improved over the years still 26.5% are illiterate. On the other hand, many of these schools are located in the villages and remote areas, where access to education is not easy. Many factors contribute to this such as lack of transportation, educators, infrastructure, communities’ sustainability, awareness, superstition, gender discrimination, etc.
One of the significant reasons that contribute to the low literacy rate is overall dropouts, child labor, and low female literacy rate. 2011 census suggests the projected population of Odisha will be 47.6 million by 2021 and the sex ratio is 979 female per 1000 male out of 21,201,678 male and 20,745,680 female. But when it comes to the literacy rate of 81.59% male and 64.01% of female, which suggest a big imbalance and unequal opportunities. The total population was 41.9 million in 2011 which is bigger than the population of Canada today.
Even though the above mentioned factors influence the percentage strongly, we also want to look at the other side of the coin, the unemployment rate. Most of the graduates and postgraduates rely on below mid-class to lower scale jobs of MSME and unorganized sector. One hand it has become extremely difficult to generate employment and on the other hand, unemployment rises because most of them are incompatible in the competitive sector because education or degrees are seen as equally proportional to jobs. There are only 6.67% of graduates out of the total literacy rate of Odisha. In that case, there are only 12.03% studied till matriculation and for 6.50% higher secondary is the highest educational qualification; these dropouts stand no chance and it is alarmingly a big concern to tackle unemployment.
The root causes of this are the foundations, primary education, very poor. In terms of learning, apply critical thinking, problem-solving, productivity, creative freedom, soft skills, time management, organizing skills; all these were not integrated into primary education. The lack of all these factors aggregate to poor progression in higher education and so on. The reasons why organizations struggle to teach work ethics to their employees. Unproductiveness has a deep root from the beginning.
Predominantly more than any factor child labor in India is a huge concern. According to the 2011 Census, the number of child laborers in India is 10.1 million of which 5.6 million are boys and 4.5 million are girls. It has its extreme form of exploitation such as forced child labor and trafficking. There are thousands of reasons that contribute to this cause. The reduction in child labor has come down after the establishment of NCPCR in 2006 and due to the child right activists like Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and others. still, there are millions of children who are victims of child labor and trafficking.
To address the situation we are trying to intervene with our strategy to reinstate, redesign, and recentralize the concept of schools in rural areas as well as urban areas. Here, the concept of Community for Community paves a path to provide help to inactivate schools or the schools that are struggling with the lack of educators for soft skills, creative skills, and academics.
The aim of the organization is to implement certain projects that have a holistic approach for the overall development of the students in terms of creative, productive, and academic learning.