AUGUST 1936
Mahatma Gandhi wrote in the newspaper Harijan "India lives in her villages, not in her cities". This statement holds true even today. While India is poised to become one of the youngest nations in the world with great economic potential, its villages, rural areas and tribal communities remain impoverished and unempowered. For countries such as India, it is critical that each child - particularly outside cities - be educated such that they can effectively contribute to the nation and the world.
THE CHALLENGE
KEY ISSUES
YOUNG POPULATION
LARGE ILLITERATE POPULATION
CHILD MARRIAGE
CHILD LABOR
BASIC HYGIENE
BACKGROUND TO TRIBAL AND SLUM WELFARE
YOUNG POPULATION
541 million or 49% of the total population is bellow the age of 18. 120 million or 11% of the total population is bellow the age of 5. While a young population can be advantage provided it has access to quality education, else it can be an issue for the future. 19% of the total children reside in India.
LARGE ILLITERATE
POPULATION
541 million or 49% of the total population is bellow the age of 18. 120 million or 11% of the total population is bellow the age of 5. While a young population can be advantage provided it has access to quality education, else it can be an issue for the future. 19% of the total children reside in India.