We are well aware that even in the 21st century there are many places in the world where children do not have access to education and one of the main reasons being a lack of infrastructure.A lot of times overcrowded learning spaces, unhygienic living conditions, inadequate toilets and sanitation facilities turn children away from schools.Also, due to lack of infrastructure children in rural areas sometimes have to walk for 2 to 3 hours to attend school because there are no school buildings near where they live.
Yes in a world of globalization we are progressing but the question is ARE WE? It is sad that a lot of people still have an orthodox way of thinking and they follow it religiously. There are still people who discriminate people on the basis of their gender and do not allow girls to go to the school.
Lack of resources
A whopping number of student’s dropout every year even free schooling due to lack of resources or because of the recurring expenditure on these resources.
Expenses for education
As stated above expenses on education is another major barrier to education.Nearly 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty so it is very difficult for their parents to afford it.
Sad but true, a lot of children do not go to school because they work as child laborers to support their families and earn a living for themselves. Little do they know that they are doing harm than good by doing this.
MANAV UTTHAN SEWA SAMITI AND ITS STEP TOWARDS BREAKING THE BARRIERS TO EDUCATION
Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti is a socio-spiritual and charitable trust. The organization has students and ashrams all across the globe with its head office in India. It is lead by Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj who is a spiritual leader and social reformer inspiring many.
Keeping in mind the above barriers, M.U.S.S has come up with a step to solve the problem of lack of resources by the name of Mission Education. They are targeting that section of the society where students are not able to acquire necessary stationery items and often drop out even from free schooling because their parents couldn’t afford the recurring expenditure on stationery.
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As we know there are two sections of the society – privileged and underprivileged. Privileged are the ones that have access to things as basic as stationery items whereas underprivileged are the ones that do not have access to them. And the gap between the two is broadening with each passing day. What they are doing here is they are trying to fill the gap by building a bridge between having and have-nots.
This mission is running successfully in India and five other countries including Nepal, Kenya, Mauritius, Bhutan and South Africa.
HOW ARE THEY GOING TO DO THIS?
The Members of M.U.S.S. approach privileged schools and with the permission of the Principal, they place a donation box there. Then they ask the students to donate any extra stationery items that they have (preferably fresh items) in that box and when the donation box fills up they collect the stationery and donate it to the students of underprivileged schools.
OBJECTIVE OF MISSION EDUCATION
Their motive is two-fold:
- The act of charity by helping students from an economically poor background with necessary stationery items.
- Value creation – When the students of the privileged school will donate; a seed of virtue is planted in their minds. It is also leaving an impact on their characters by instilling values of generosity, charity, and brotherhood.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE INITIATIVE
This initiative was started in November 2015 and until November 2016 they were able to install 850 boxes all over India and 1,48,665 underprivileged students were benefitted from this.
On November 2016, mission education has started school on wheels at four centers in Delhi.
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