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RICOH's Education Support Program in India-Quality Education for All-

SITUATION REGARDING EDUCATION IN INDIA

  • Education Support Program in India
  • Program Details
  • Activity Report
  • Situation Regarding Education in India
  • Situation Regarding Education in India

    About India

    India has the world's second largest population, with more than one billion people living. The population comprises a wide range of ethnic groups with different languages and religions. There are as many as 21 major languages in the country in addition to the official language (Hindi). The caste system, which is associated with Hinduism, still influences the lives of people.
    Recently, the development of IT industries in India has been attracting the world's attention, but there are still a lot of poor people and it is said that about half the population (500 million) live on less than one dollar per day. India also has the largest number of cases of child labor in the world, which is one of the most serious problems in the country.

    Present Situation and Challenges for Education in India

    Child population of about 440 million

    India has the largest child population in the world: those aged 18 or younger account for at least one-third of the total population.

    The literacy rate is 64.84% (Male: 75.26%, female: 53.67%)

    A lot of women traditionally marry very young and the education of women has not been deemed important, and so the literacy rate of women is particularly low.

    Of children who should be receiving primary education, 23% do not attend school, of whom 59% are girls.

    Some children are forced to work because their families and communities do not understand the importance of education or because their households are very poor.

    About 53% of children cannot complete primary education.

    Major factors:

    • (1) Low-quality educational services
      for the poor
    • (2) Long absence of teachers and lack of
      training of present teachers
    • (3) Insufficient infrastructure and lack of
      school supplies

    In order to solve these problems, the Indian government established a law giving all children the right to compulsory education free-of-charge and has since been endeavoring to encourage children aged six to 14 to receive compulsory education. The school attendance rate is increasing, and now measures are being implemented to improve the quality of education and access to it, prevent children from giving up attending school, and support the education of more girls.

    Children studying outdoors
    because of lack of classrooms

    Lunch is provided to children
    to improve their school
    attendance rate

    Play performed by children
    to help prevent young marriage

    Contribution by Save the Children

    Save the Children runs projects to support education and protect children's rights in more than 120 countries around the world, upholding the vision of"a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation."
    Concerning education in India, the organization has long supported socially and economically vulnerable children who wish to attend school, helping schools establish relations with local communities and training to teachers.

    Save the Children

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