For years, education has been the tipping point for individuals to transcend their limitations. The advent of great charitable organisations has made it possible for gifted and hard-working children to have access to opportunities they could not have imagined before. Along with higher education, learning enables today’s children to become decisive intelligent decision-makers, creating a beneficial value chain that can uplift entire communities. The NGO is closely aligned with the government’s vision for education, jobs and prosperity for all.
Spread awareness across different stakeholders
We need to ensure that businesses are sensitized towards the harms of child labour and they refrain from hiring children for work which will, in turn, discourage parents and children to choose money over education. Large scale campaigns and events can be used for educating stakeholders. Action 2015 is such an event that saw over 2200 organisations worldwide to come together and raise the issue of child rights and education. The need of the hour is to make communities aware of their rights and proud of child’s education. Educated communities will not just create better citizens but also ensure better employment and enterprise.
Importance of girl child education
Such a gender gap in education is because of the callous attitude of our society which considers women as primarily housewives and family caretakers. Being educated gives an equal opportunity to women to be an employee and a skilled worker who use their learning as a boon that will help better the future of their families. NGOs like Save the Children have many modules working solely to ensure that all girls are educated and enabled to grow up as capable adults who can take care of not just themselves but also add something to their community. Educated girls also help end unfair social evils like child marriage and dowry.
How to Save the Children works for education
In 2015, the NGO touched the lives of over 1 lakh children in the city of New Delhi via the Childhood Care and Development programme which was involved in street children rehabilitation, child labour rescue, and maternal and newborn care. The NGO also launched a Disaster Risk Reduction project across 31 of the city’s slums as a part of our Making Schools Safer programme. During Chennai floods, apart from supplying various hygiene kits, food baskets and education kits to households stuck in floods we also provide Child-Friendly Spaces and access to play areas for children.
In Mumbai, Save the Children reached out to the underprivileged children using a Mobile Learning Centre in our Ride to School programme. In Bengaluru, The NGO’s advocated for implementing the Right to Education for the street children with various school authorities and also helped in building up capacities of 26 Anganwadi centres and 60 primary schools that benefitted 7,000 children. In Kolkata, our ‘Street to School’ programme helped education reach street children taken out of work.
NGOs like Save the Children need the support of government bodies, corporations, and most importantly, individuals. Along with enthusiasm and support from the common individual, it is heartening to see hard-earned donations and a sense of public concern power an NGO’s influence and reach across India. To play your part, you should also donate to NGO fundraising to give India’s children a future. Donations push forward the various ongoing projects while propelling the NGO’s relief efforts to ensure that education and health care is not compromised in times of natural calamities. Save the Children has won awards, acclaim, and most importantly adoration from generations of children to who it has given a future.
Courtesy: Save the Children