There are numerous problems in Indian education system as anywhere else in the developing world. The biggest one is the quality of school education. There are no proper facilities at some places, in some places there is lack of teachers. The poor too prefer to send their children to private schools as everyone seems to question the quality of education in government schools. Even here, the quality in private schools is variable and many private schools are even worse. The result is that many of students produced by Indian schools are not educated. The best annual survey of education in India in 2014 found that only 22 per cent of Class 7 students in rural areas of a region could solve simple maths solution and read a sentence in English. This number was 37 per cent in 2007 and so the education standard is actually falling. Rote learning has become a norm than creative and skills learning.
Our teaching projects are trying to create supplementary resources and access to quality education making a small but valuable impact in local communities.
Opportunities to Engage / Support:
Teaching program enable volunteers to work in schools and in independent community spaces to support the objective of promoting greater literacy, supporting opportunities for education, building vocational skills and enhancing career prospects among students, children, youth and women. First-time teachers and experienced educators can volunteer to teach independently, provide support to local teachers, or team up with other volunteers to take lessons in a range of classroom settings, including schools, tutoring programs, community centers, special needs facilities and childcare centers.
Access to education and the opportunity to study English are highly valued in the communities we work with. Whether you’re a volunteer teaching English abroad, or supporting the instruction of other subjects or extracurricular activities, the students are eager to learn and participate. The influence that teaching volunteers have on the communities we work with goes beyond the classroom. Crossing boundaries to work side-by-side with students and teachers from different cultures fosters a two-way exchange, building cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.