The Indian Slum Education by NGO

is a developing country. The main factor that has made India a developing country is its poor educational field leading to illiteracy and subsequently poverty. Free Education in India is available for all children to up to fourteen years old as stated in the constitution. The Parliament of India passed the Right to education Act making education a fundamental right to all children. Despite this not so many people, especially those in the slum regions are getting the education they need. For this reason many organization dealing in social service in India have ventured out to provide slum education to the children as well as other people below the poverty line.

As mentioned earlier, poverty is one of the major problems that India faces. When speaking about population the first thing that comes to our minds is the slums in India. Today slum dwellers make up for about 60% of Mumbai's population that is about 7 million people. These slums mainly spread into the areas neighboring Byculla, such as: Parel, Mahim Creek, Dadar and Matunga and wherever else they can find space, even on roads. The conditions in the slums are dreadful. Slum inhabitants constantly have to deal with issues such as, lack of water, no sewage or solid waste facilities, constant migration, lack of public transit, poor education, pollution and housing shortages. Infant mortality is very high in rural areas of India where there are no amenities.


Since they consider education important, many of these organizations have ventured out in different slums in the country to ensure that they have offered the education that is desired to provide the children and adults the skills they would need to make their lives better. Some of the issues that need to be tackled in these regions include the cases of child labor and poverty. Different organizations use different methods in ensuring that the children learn the skills to make them able to depend on themselves.

Some of these activities include the setting up of various learning canters, using community involvement so as to provide the training in skills and knowledge as per the needs of the community. The other type is the use of Bus schools scheme which is geared to take education to the residents of the slums within the different regions in India. These organizations include NGOs that are geared towards helping all those below the poverty line to have a way of sustaining their livelihoods.

These NGOs provide all the students with free education including free study material, free uniform and free occasional medical checkups. Some NGOs are running schools in various city slums with foreign assistance. They are playing a key role in imparting education for slum children but there is always a question about the standard of education in those schools as there is a lack of regular monitoring, education materials and skilled manpower. The Central Government of India is also playing a crucial role in providing education for slum children. It has also announced that a new welfare scheme has been created , which will with immediate effect eliminate and eradicate, all problems of slum children, including poverty, lack of education and health facilities, child labor and abuse. This program is also concentrating on providing education for the slum children, who could make a decent life for themselves in the future.

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