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Education

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves access to education.

Save the Children, through several state-level programmes and national policy-influencing decisions, has helped educate 4,06,200 children! We address the learning crisis by preparing children and adolescents for life, work, and active citizenship.

Come, join our mission to Educate Every Last Child!

Over the years, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred,
we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of education with underprivileged children.

Here, take a look.

The Problem

India struggles with the problem of illiteracy; the literacy rate in our country stands at 74.04%.
(according to the National Census, 2011)

  • Increasing enrolment rates gives rise to another major issue of retention.

    According to Census 2011, 39% population is under 18 years, and 13.1% is between 0-6 years.

    Additionally, According to ASER 2019, out of 96.7% children enrolled in schools, 25.7% are out of schools.

    Annual Status of Education Report 2019 states that out of 96.7% of children enrolled in schools, only 71% attend school regularly; it is estimated that 1.7 million children are out of school, most of whom belong to marginalized and poor communities. Post primary education, many children drop out as education is no longer free.


  • Gender disparity in education is yet another perplexing concern in India

    India sees an increase in the number of girl students dropouts by class XI!

    Approximately 32.9% of girls drop out of school before completing their secondary education. (Source: U‐DISE 2016‐17)


  • The quality of learning in government schools

    The value in education and learning needs a steady improvement.

    32.5% of Grade 2 children cannot identify letters and ~20% of Grade 2 children cannot identify numbers between 1-9. Additionally, numerous studies show that ‘low fee private schools’ add no value to children wherein learning outcomes are concerned. (Azim Premji Foundation Study, 2019).


  • Lack of basic infrastructure and learning material

    Many schools don’t have separate toilets for girls, which results in a considerable drop of girl students. Most students, especially girls are also intimidated by the long distance commute to the school from their homes. Government schools struggle with proper infrastructure.


  • Unavailability of safe drinking water

    Inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene have kept many children away from schools.


  • Shortage of teachers

    There is a growing shortage of teachers in elementary schools due to which many schools are compelled to recruit under-qualified and contractual teachers.


  • Dearth of employment opportunities

    Owing to the quality of education students receive, they are unable to cope up with requirements wherein employment opportunities are concerned. This gives rise to the unbeatable poverty circle.

BE A PART OF OUR SOLUTION

With your help and support, we will be able to educate every last child of our nation!

Your contribution has the power to change the course of a child’s life.

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OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2009
    • Facilitated formation of the Right to Education (RtE) Forum
    • Developed minimum standards for quality education for the government of Andhra Pradesh
    • Supported the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in assessing safety mechanisms in schools in Delhi
  • 2010
    • Save the Children joins the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Committee on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as a member
  • 2016
    • Our Open Educational Resources (OERs), developed in partnership with Open University on ‘teachers to teach better’ is recognised by seven state governments of Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam,
      Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and featured on their websites
  • 2018
    • Rajasthan government adopts the Jaipur Declaration for safe schools
    • Government of Telangana adopted School Safety Model Code of Conduct
  • 2019
    • Partnering with CARE and UNICEF Towards a 21st Century Skills Framework for GenU
    • Our work on school readiness led to the signing of the ‘Statement of Intent’ with NITI Aayog to work on ECCE in five aspirational districts
    • Our work and related evidence on school readiness influenced and informed the New Education Policy 2020
    • Policy brief on ‘Humanitarian Crisis and Early Childhood Development: Towards a Comprehensive Approach’, prepared and shared with parliamentarians and National Disaster Management Authority
    • “Safe School Policy” drafted by SCPCR, West Bengal was supported by Save the Children as one of the members. The policy has been handed over by SCPCR to the state Government
  • 2020
    • We were a part of consultation & input team for The National Education Policy released in 2020
    • Released Gulmohar (a digital curriculum to encourage home learning environment and the Standard Guidelines for COVID-19 resilient ICDS Centres) in collaboration with Women and Child Development Department,
      Karnataka
  • Facilitated formation of the Right to Education (RtE) Forum
  • Developed minimum standards for quality education for the government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Supported the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in assessing safety mechanisms in schools in Delhi
  • Save the Children joins the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Committee on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as a member
  • Our Open Educational Resources (OERs), developed in partnership with Open University on ‘teachers to teach better’ is recognised by seven state governments of Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and featured on their websites
  • Rajasthan government adopts the Jaipur Declaration for safe schools
  • Government of Telangana adopted School Safety Model Code of Conduct
  • Partnering with CARE and UNICEF Towards a 21st Century Skills Framework for GenU
  • Our work on school readiness led to the signing of the ‘Statement of Intent’ with NITI Aayog to work on ECCE in five aspirational districts
  • Our work and related evidence on school readiness influenced and informed the New Education Policy 2020
  • Policy brief on ‘Humanitarian Crisis and Early Childhood Development: Towards a Comprehensive Approach’, prepared and shared with parliamentarians and National Disaster Management Authority
  • “Safe School Policy” drafted by SCPCR, West Bengal was supported by Save the Children as one of the members. The policy has been handed over by SCPCR to the state Government
  • We were a part of consultation & input team for The National Education Policy released in 2020
  • Released Gulmohar (a digital curriculum to encourage home learning environment and the Standard Guidelines for COVID-19 resilient ICDS Centres) in collaboration with Women and Child Development Department, Karnataka

Directly Impacted 8,27,854
children

Through the consistency of our donors’ support, we have successfully impacted the lives of many children, PAN India, since 2008

We are indebted to our supporters and donors who have helped touch the lives of many. You too can make a difference.

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Indirectly Impacted 18,87,476
adults

Save the Children’s education interventions are aligned with the Global Strategy and Global Education Breakthrough, which believes that all children learn from a basic quality education.

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