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Education- The most powerful weapon!

Updated on June 23, 2019
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Bhavika Malhotra (Intern at Prayaas Corps) Currently pursuing B.A.(Hons.) English from University of Delhi.

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Parliament of India enacted The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) on 4 August 2009, which describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 in India under Article 21a of the Indian Constitution. India became one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child when the Act came into force on 1 April 2010…..But in reality how many kids out there actually get an opportunity to experience the most powerful weapon he/she can use to change their lives and the world!!

Less than half of India's children between the age 6 and 14 go to school. And the main reason behind it is poverty, lack of resources, health, lack of nutrition and gender bias that lead them to work at a tender age in order to fulfill their basic needs or even beg on the roadside to get a small amount of money. Girls, and marginalized groups such as the very poor and the disabled, are often left behind. While girls attend primary school in roughly equal numbers to boys, the gap widens as they get older and are forced to drop out to help with work at home or get married. We still live in a society where many of us still believe that a girl is suppose to just look after the household. They are not encouraged to go out study or pursue their passion. Even in 21st century women like Nirmala Sitharaman (Our newly appointed Finance Minister), Kiran Bedi, Smriti Irani, Saina Nehwal, Deepika Padukone, Kalpana Chawla and the list is endless…. have not been able to change the mindset of all the people in the society. Moreover, introducing an act in the constitution is not the end of the job for the government but it the start of the change that we all want to see… Its time we understand most of the kids out their lack education because they don’t have money to pay the hefty fees or a proper school in their area to send their kids.

Education brings out quality of life in the society and employment. It is an essential and indispensable need to live in the modern world. Education contributes to ability to read and write, better communication, use of new technologies, stable livelihood, social harmony, serve the society and many more. Education is a one of the most important factor that builds both common ethos and institutions which are of foremost significance for national growth and security, whether political, economic, social or cultural. Education is not just about theoretical knowledge but also about creativity, new technologies, personality development and skills to cope up with the challenging and competitive world.

Its time we all join our hands and try to impart our knowledge to those in need….but ‘’When educating the minds of our youth we should not forget to educate their hearts’’- Dalai Lama

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