Education: 1 Goal – Education for All.
All children deserve access to basic education, which helps them escape poverty, realize their potential, and live healthier and happier lives.
A clear message has been sent across the world to end the worldwide crisis on education. Today, 103.5 million children are not attending school, unable to learn to their full potential. 800 million adults have already seen their lives pass by without being able to read or write. The fundamental right to education is denied to millions, despite the fact that having a fully educated society will end economic exploitation of children and break the cycle of poverty.
These children could be our next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. But they face a lifelong struggle against poverty.
The quality of education provided by the government system remains in question.While it remains the largest provider of elementary education in the country forming 80% of all recognized schools, it suffers from shortages of teachers, infrastructural gaps and several habitations continue to lack schools altogether. There are also frequent allegations of government schools being riddled with absenteeism and mismanagement and appointments are based on political convenience. Despite the allure of free lunch-food in the government schools, many parents send their children to private schools. Average schoolteacher salaries in private rural schools in some States (about Rs. 4,000 per month) are considerably lower than that in government schools.as a result, proponents of low cost private schools, critiqued government schools as being poor value for money.
Children attending the private schools are seen to be at an advantage, thus discriminating against the weakest sections, which are forced to go to government schools. Furthermore, the system has been criticized as catering to the rural elites who are able to afford school fees in a country where large number of families live in absolute poverty. The act has been criticized as discriminatory for not addressing these issues.
It is a fraud on our children. It gives neither free education nor compulsory education. In fact, it only legitimises the present multi-layered, inferior quality school education system where discrimination shall continue to prevail.
Children who are educated carefully may devote more to both their countries and the world. When they finish secondary school (at 15 years old), they have systems of fundamental knowledge about science, society…which is necessary for anyone. With that base, children can continue studying at universities or take part in short courses of any jobs. In fact, it is not a small amount of children choosing the second way. They will be some of manpower source in their countries. For children who continue learning, they have more choices to contribute to the development by being businessmans, scientists, and engineers, In contrast, the children aren’t educated, and they can’t do anything.
Sakina Foundation Trust identified six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015:
1. Expand early childhood care and education
2. Provide free and compulsory primary Education for All
3. Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults
4. Increase adult literacy by 50 percent
5. Achieve gender parity and gender equality .
6. Improve the quality of education
School helps children develop the skills they need to make themselves heard in the world.
We believe every single child – has the right to a free, good-quality primary education.
Sakina Foundation Trust works with teachers and children in schools, but we also work with communities to support them in demanding their right to education. Getting education by all means, influencing decision-makers and achieving long-term change.
Sakina Foundation Trust is an active member of the Global Campaign for Education and we work with others from the local to global level to call for more funding for education, and to get more Childrens into school. We are also calling on world leaders to deliver aid to train two million new teachers for Rural Areas – a move that would help a whole generation learn the skills they need to beat poverty.
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