“The child is father of the man” – William Wordsworth
Education is the indispensable part of a society and it plays a great part in moulding the innocent and untamed minds giving it a better shape in a rightful manner. Our country, India has progressed in the arena of education; still it has to go a long way to educate the masses. The literacy rate of urban India has raised high in the years, even the rural areas have progressed, but still the roots of it have not penetrated much in the rural areas, and few still remains untouched.
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young
India, being a patriarchal society primarily focused on imparting education to boys, believing that the breadwinners of the families need to be educated and the girl’s lot was ignored and were not given a chance to attend school.
The sadistic part was the belief that the people held for the Girl Child. She was confined in the four walls of the house, taking care household work. With the advancement, the mindset of the people changed and the parents realized the importance of studies & encouraged their child, irrespective of gender to study & were enrolled in schools , a step toward a healthy society. It is true that if females are educated, their contribution is immense in all spheres of life, managing the house, kids and savings and all and are more understanding, so the society is too benefited.
“Knowledge is not bound to any gender; it is a tool to progress in life in all dimensions.”
The people understood the importance and readily sent their children to schools. But, the lack of basic infrastructure & amenities, toilets, access to water & unhygienic conditions discouraged the children to attend the classes, resulting in long absenteeism and major dropping out of school.
Education is not confined to books and mind, it is an all-round development of a personality inculcating healthy habit, and lifestyle and it can take place in a healthy and conducive environment.
The major chunk of the populace, who suffered from the lack of infrastructure, sanitation and basic amenities were the Girl Child. She faced difficulties in coping up with her education in lack of basic amenities and she chose to give up her dream to educate herself, especially at the stage of puberty.
The girl child has to ascertain her safety and dignity at the age of adolescence and in the absence of separate toilets for girls and boys, the schools were unsafe place to dwell and accommodate her. The conditions were pathetic, mostly in rural areas of both, and the girls were the most affected.
Support My School is a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is taking up Mission 1000, to revitalize 1000 schools to improve basic amenities in government schools in the country. This campaign is around spreading awareness on the importance of education and the program run by Coca-Cola, NDTV and other NGO partners and is in line with the Swacchh Bharat vision, which too aims in “Clean India”, keeping the environment clean and green, building separate toilets for boys and girls, improving basic amenities at schools and public places. Both these missions appear to be great and it may provide healthy & a clean environment at school improving the attendance at school.
Access to Toilets for students, especially for girls
Access to water
Access to sports
Additional impact elements were added with the help of partners
Support My School campaign has created awareness about the conditions of schools in these areas, fostering a private-public partnership where corporate organizations step in to reinstall basic facilities in these government run schools and making a positive difference to the lives of these children. Many institutions, NGO’s,celebrities and eminent citizens of India have joined hands in this campaign with huge donations, pledging their services and all sorts of help to make the campaign worth.
The impact is strong & immense and has seen increased enrolment in schools from 6.95% (2013-14) to 14.77% (2014-15).
To know more about this campaign and be updated with the recent developments of the campaign, please visit the following links.
We all love to visit beautiful destinations during
vacations, planned or unplanned. Unplanned ones are generally during weekends,
when we just drive out with family and friends at nearby spot for a change or
for partying. Planned ones are better for long tour, we get time to spend with
our family and children and it’s after effect is wonderful, it breaks the
monotony of life and brings the members closer. In today’s fast forward life, people
don’t get enough time to spend with family, parents, kids or friends and so it
is a must to take time out for personal life and enjoy life. It rejuvenates our
mind and soul and it’s a great stress buster.
It isn’t necessary that you go for an expensive trip, it
should be so organised that it is comfortable to one’s pocket else instead of a
stress buster, it will be the stress booster. A planned long distance travel
with family and friends is far better than unplanned ones, because when you are
moving out of the safe zone of your home, few things should be taken into
1. Know the place that you are planning to visit so that you
are well accustomed with the important spots to be visited, it’s routes,
possible conveyance availability, duration of journey, this is the most
important one especially if you are travelling with small kids or elderly
people and the spots where one can break the journey for rest and lunch. Thanks
to the advancement of technology, Google is the best & is of immense help in
this regard and you can enjoy the journey smiling.
2. Be conversant with local language & cuisine
especially if you are travelling to faraway places in own country or abroad.
English language is the most common spoken language but still there are places
where people aren’t conversant with this English tool, so read the details of
the places that is in your itinerary and keep yourself updated and if still you
find difficult, try to hire a local guide who can help you in this regard and
make your journey awesome. Similarly, research about the local cuisine and plan
your trip accordingly. If you are rigid in your diet habits, carry few things
of your choice so that you don’t starve.
3. Try to take local conveyance available in the place of
your itinerary, it will be easy on your pockets and even help you in tracing
the places or spots of visit, so it will save your time and energy.
4. Don’t litter the places and don’t throw garbage on roads
or parks. Park the garbage items in the provided dustbins. Take care not to
urinate at public places. No one likes littered or dirty places but people
throw the items used by them hither n thither. If each and every people local
or tourist takes care then the destinations or spots would be clean. Take care
not to carve names or initials on the public property or on trees.
5. One of the most important thing to be take care rigidly,
is never believe any strangers. They can pose problem to life and property.
However good the people are in their behaviour, don’t trust them and don’t show
that you are offended. Maintain a proper distance and be alert.
If these few things are taken care of then you are bound to
enjoy the journey and in every vacation, you will look forward to visit new
places, meet new people and interact with the beauty of nature. An enjoyable
journey will add freshness in your mind and body and even the strings of
relationships marred in busy life will be smoothen in the vacations
with your loved ones.