Every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education.
One of the most powerful tools for the social and economic progress of a country is quality education. It brings with it equality among people. While privileged children receive international quality education, most underprivileged kids are provided with education only on paper.
Underprivileged children lose their right to emotional, physical and social development and are more likely to have depression, low self esteem, lack of sleep and nutrition etc. Poverty is undoubtedly one of the major causes of this plight. Lack of education is being the second culprit. At present, around 30 percent of our population is residing below poverty line, i.e. these people are unable to meet their basic necessities.
A child born to poor parent means total exposure to malnutrition, diseases, inferior living conditions, inadequate sanitation and many other hardships. Not just the government, but all the people of India need to focus on the eradication of poverty, not only by pooling in monetarily, but a total change of attitude is required. Only then we can triumph over this massive enemy.
We can’t eradicate poverty without people’s active participation. There is no denying of the fact that more supportive hands can share the burden easily, so everyone must join hands to address the plight of underprivileged children.
In order to eradicate the poverty as well as to improve lives of underprivileged children, we must unite for the cause and follow a practical approach towards this issue. We, the general masses, need to start considering helping underprivileged children as our social responsibilities.
We know from studies undertaken in developed and developing societies that children of the underprivileged:
- leave school early
- are low achievers
- are frustrated in schools
- have behaviour problems
- find the school not relevant to their life-styles
- see schools as real bore