Education being a vital equipment of survival in the society, plethora of initiatives have been undertaken both by the government as well as the non government organizations to ensure that no particular individual is deprived of it. However, there is a dire need to improve the quality of education being imparted to these children, without which the very objective of “education for all” becomes redundant. A major component of quality can be attributed to the student’s knowledge and understanding of English education possesses the potential to dissolve the prevalent socio-economic inequalities in the society but the education system itself has fallen prey to the gradations and inequalities owing to the manner in which it is imparted. This can only be addressed if proper emphasis is laid on the quality of education, subsequent to which necessary steps are undertaken to ensure that the underprivileged students do not continue to be confined to the lower strata of the educated.
Lack of quality education leaves them unable to move beyond the fringe of the society, to which they originally belong to, thereby rendering them incapable of interacting with the outer world. Even when the students gain access to education, they end up doing menial jobs due to the lack of appropriate skill development. Their inability to communicate in English acts a barrier to their personal development and growth and also limits the number of opportunities available to them. Students often fail to capitalize the immense potential they possess, owing to the constraints placed by their dismal communication skills. Considering the multitude of languages spoken throughout our country, English is one such language, the knowledge of which can facilitate the interaction among people from various states. Formally, they would able to move up the hierarchy and represent themselves and informally they would avail the opportunity of interacting with the world at large. Hence, appropriate knowledge of English will help in the creation of both, a formal as well as an informal inclusion.
We at DEVISE, aim to facilitate the inclusion of the children, from the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society, into the larger arena of education by equipping them with an appropriate understanding of English. Our objective is to transcend the barriers of socio-economic inequalities within the education system, which in return would open up a myriad avenues and opportunities for the students, to traverse and excel at.
Here is a brief video about how we started, our vision, our work so far and our upcoming project.
We thank Suhaib Salman (LLM, NALSAR) and our sponsorship team (Swini Khare, Jayasrujana) for all their efforts.