Education is one of the main agents of change. When a child is able to go to school today, he or she sets off a cycle of positive change. An educated child stays away from early marriage, avoids exploitation and becomes strong and independent. As children grow, they are able to make better choices for themselves and influence the communities they live in. This transforms their present life and ensures a secure future for them. Sadly, despite the Right to Education (RTE) Act coming into force in 2010, access to education for every child is still a huge concern in the countr

  • The Net Enrollment Ratio (NER) at the Upper Primary Elementary Level in government schools in India is only 58.3% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation – MoSPI, 2012)
  • Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) at the Secondary Level in government schools in India is below 50% (District Information System for Education – DISE, 2011-12)
  • About 35% children in India with disabilities remain out of Elementary school (District Information System for Education – DISE, 2011-12)
  • School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls in India is as high as 63.5% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation – MoSPI, 2012)

CRY works towards eliminating the root causes behind these statistics to help create access to education for every child. Some of these root causes are:

  • Access to schools: For many children, their reason for dropping out is simple. The village school is just too far. Parents, worried for their safety, prefer to have them stay at home than risk travelling the distance alone
  • Child Labour:Facing abject poverty parents often resort to sending their children to work. Ending their hopes of finishing school. This makes them bound to labour, with no hope of ever being independent
  • Gender Discrimination:Some families that can afford to send their children to school favour their sons over daughters, causing girls to stay at home while their brothers attend school
  • No toilets for girls:Lack of separate toilets for boys and girls is one of the leading causes for girls to drop out. The discomfort of sharing a toilet with their fellow classmates and teachers often compels them to give up on school altogether
  • Child Marriage:In rural India, families live with modest means, and children’s education is never a priority. Marriage is. And since marriage brings the burden of rearing a family, children are forced to drop out of school

Unless these underlying causes are dealt with, the situation for children will not change. CRY, along with its partner organisations are working at the grassroots level to make sure that children do not have to face these barriers and can fully exercise their right to education.

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