5 Indian NGOs Working Toward Education Equality
Many NGOs in India are doing a great job in helping out the underprivileged kids with education and to bring about a social change. Foradian being a company which is dedicated to evaluate the face of education, celebrates these organisations which are working day in and out to provide every child a chance to get education. Read on to know as we talk about 5 such Indian NGOs which are doing their best in providing education equality:
1. Teach For India: ‘One day all children will attain an excellent education’- a vision that defines Teach For India, a Teach To Lead project that encourages young college graduates and professionals to take up two years of full-time teaching sessions in under resourced schools. In an effort to provide quality education to all, Teach For India currently works in 5 main cities of India- Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai and is well equipped with some 700 Fellows who are working towards eradicating the high inequality present in Indian education system.
2. Make A Difference (MAD): Along with education partner, Cambridge University Press, Make A Difference or MAD has initiated a unique project ‘The English Project’ to educate children from poor homes, orphanages and street shelters with English. Currently, some 1200 volunteers are working hard to teach 4000 children in some of the major cities of India including Mangalore, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Delhi, Dehradun, Kolkata, Vellore, etc. A winner of the prestigious Ashoka Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition in the year 2008 and also a Noble Laureate of the Karamveer Purashkar awarded by ICongo, global fellow of YouthActionNet and Cordes Fellow 2010, MAD also runs a Placements project running that aims to place underprivileged children on the same platform with the children from regular homes.
3. Pratham: Established in the year 1994, Pratham is dedicated to provide education to children belonging to the slums of Mumbai. Team Pratham comprises of civil servants, PhDs, social workers, educationists and many other educated personnel who are working for a common dream of developing the future of children of the country. With an aim to offer every child their fundamental right to education, Pratham has slowly grown into a larger organisation covering 19 states of India.
4. Barefoot College-India: An entire campus that runs on solar power. Yes, that’s Barefoot College that was originally started by two friends Meghraj and Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy and who wanted to establish college for the rural population of India and was established in 1972. Today, the organisation trains local community people into teachers, specialized professionals in other fields and has initiated many educational efforts for children. The organisation has also been ranked as the second best educational NGO in the year 2013 by The Global Journal.
5. Cry: ‘Child rights and you’ or CRY is an NGO in India working for children and their rights. CRY has undertaken a lot of initiatives to improve the condition of underprivileged children and one of them is the ‘Chotte Kadam-Pragati ki Aur’, a literacy drive that has reached out to more than 35000 children in 10 states of India. ‘Mission Education’ is another very popular campaign from CRY to make sure that ‘education is every child’s right’ and that proper education reaches to more children in every new academic year.
Originally published at www.edtechboard.com on August 27, 2013.