Truly enough, education does indeed have the power to bring about great change. It can change a person and make him/her into something completely different.it has the power to change the way of thinking of anyone. It can be the catalyst for a great change. Education is the backbone of a country. The degree to which a country’s people are educated directly influences its development. It is what helps in building a nation from the bottom up.
And yet, even though we say all these things, many still do not know how to spell “cat” or “dog”. Many do not know basic mathematics because for them earning became a priority at some point in their early lives. For them, earning 100 rupees per day became a greater challenge then reciting an English essay.
While education should ideally start from a young age, there is no age to learn. That is the belief which leads to the development of programs like “Each One Teach One”. If you know something that the one beside you doesn’t and it has the power to change their lives for good, then it is your moral obligation to pass it around.
When we talk about education, a specific poem written by India’s first Nobel laureate, Rabindra Nath Tagore, comes to mind. In his work “Where the Mind is without Fear” he says,
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free… Where the mind is led forward by thee….Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
It is a prayer to the Almighty. It truly reflects the thoughts of a man who had achieved the pinnacle of wisdom.
The literacy rate in India is only 74 %. Out of the staggering 112 crores of the populace, less than 3/4th know how to read and write. It can be attributed to the fact than instead of using Hindi – the most widely spoken language in our country, we try to regard English as a measure of literacy. But that debate is something reserved for another time. The main concern is that even after more than six decades of our Independence, we remain in such a state.
To help change things around, there are many organizations which take up the initiatives. Programs like “Each One Teach One” are being handled by many institutions country-wide. To make sure than no one misses the train of education, Muskan also works diligently.
We not only provide child education to the underprivileged but to make a better society for everyone, we focus on spreading the message of learning. Through our many events and donation camps, we try to get more people in the right state of mind and help them realize the importance of education. Though education is a basic amenity that should be provided since childhood, adult literacy can help bring a change as well. And at Muskan, we are dedicated to helping bring that change.