By: Ulysses Cázares – Staff Research Associate
Access to quality education and academic resources in developing third-world countries is a current problem for children affected by the absent infrastructure supporting their educative growth. Social analyses suggest that 35 million Indian children between six and 14 do not attend school, with 53% of young girls in this group from five to nine years old being illiterate.
In addition, the average school in the few areas that do have schooling institutions is on average three kilometers away, with approximately 60% of schools having only two or less teachers for their students. With an overwhelming proportion of children not having access or resources to receive formal schooling, they begin a life of work to support their families, which limits the educational opportunities and development that children are able to receive. 90% of working children are in rural India, which are statistically also the same regions in which children stay working up until adulthood with little to no likelihood of leaving the world of child labor in pursuit of educational development or professional goals. Essentially, the current state of India, the poverty affecting the majority of the population, and the lack of educational institutions to support the need for child instruction make quality schooling a dream for children rather than a reality. But here at One Education One World, our vision is to bring children closer to having this become more than a dream.