Campaign Ended! The campaign ended on July, 10 2017
Since 2009, I have been time and again asked when can children in Rural India experience Bal Utsav. While we believe that India lives in her villages and not in her towns, we have largely been urban centric in the activities we have carried out so far.
Today, I am happy to announce that within the next 45 days we will be rolling out our successful whole school revitalisation model in rural schools as well, 25 schools in rural Karnataka have been identified for the same and focussed and sustainable interventions will also begin in all of these schools in June 2017.
Though the status of education in our villages have improved a lot in spite of the many obstacles. The successes achieved are quite impressive and is increasing day by day.
Education imparted in many villages lack in quality and it’s time, proper attention is paid to these centres and and a platform is created where students receive proper education, the right encouragement to pursue further studies and jobs. It is imperative that availability of basic facilities like clean toilets, drinking water, adequate classroom facilities, programs for teachers amongst others should be there.
Many of the current problems in our rural schools are well known. Most have inadequate infrastructure – solid walls and a roof that does not leak are considered an achievement. Most do not have toilets or reliable electricity. Teaching equipment is limited to a rudimentary blackboard and chalk, and textbooks do not always reach the students on time. Over a third of our schools are single teacher schools, many of them in rural areas. This means that if the teacher is ill or absent, school is closed. It also means that not only is each classroom a multi-ability classroom, each classroom has students who are supposed to study in different grades/standards with different textbooks.
Most importantly, we must change the way we think about education and its role in human well being and development. Now, more than ever, education has a responsibility to foster the right type of skills, attitudes and behaviour that will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth.
Many of us have no idea what it's like to get educated in a village.
Quality and access to education is the major concern at schools in our villages as there are fewer committed teachers, lack of learning material in the schools and in some cases lack of schools itself.
However, there are solutions and it is possible to bring access to Infrastructure, Teacher Development, Scholarship and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to every child, but it's going to take all of us. Our response to the educational crisis will define our generation, and I hope you'll join me in supporting Bal Utsav that's doing it right.
The right interventions can definitely bring about a positive change towards the development of education in our villages.
Our efforts towards #EducationMakesAllTheDifference can make a BIG difference, but I need you on my team! You can give a little or you can give a lot. The craziest thing we can do is not be a part of this.
Because Education is the way. The way to break the cycle of poverty. To achieve global equality. To make a bright future possible for all.
That’s why we are here and why we hope you will become part of a larger movement that is helping change the narrative on Education – a reality.
Want another reason to donate to #EducationMakesAllTheDifference?
When you Give Education-
You inspire hope for a better future,
You provide good health for families,
You increase productivity and
You empower new leaders.
Why donate to Bal Utsav?
We work with experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work. We invest in the long-term success of every child in school. So we partner with teachers, community members and the local Governments to ensure the sustainability of our programs and schools.
And with every school we revitalise, we facilitate and provide Infrastructure, Teacher Development, Scholarship and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene requirements to help make the school a desirable place for years to come.