Man is a social animal. Society is the protector of our civilization and influences everyone in one way or other. Hence noble societal practices can bring an enormous difference to the quality of our living.
Here I would like to throw some light on the issue of voluntarily education of society’s underprivileged children by the society itself, and of course with non-profit motives. Yes, there are NGO’S , government and semi-government bodies and non-profit organizations that are selflessly devoted to the task of educating the underprivileged Indian children, but seldom realized is the power possessed by the educated mass of the society-the students, college-goers, educated house-wives and even working professionals .
If these sections of society voluntarily come up to join the noble cause, lot more can be achieved than what has been so far.
Infact the slogan itself-‘Each One Teach One ‘says it all. If each educated individual realizes his moral and social responsibility of teaching one illiterate, the problem of illiteracy can be immensely minimized.
The roadblock lies not in lack of interest or devotion on behalf of our society members (Surveys have shown that most educated people wish to bring a change by offering their teaching services and besides the constant growth of literacy campaigns in various sections is a testimony to the fact that indeed people with selfless nobility do exist).
The problem is lack of initiative from someone’s behalf. Agreed NGO’s and social servicing committees are playing their role in promoting literacy, but most of their services seem to be out of reach for the common man.
I’m not talking about the hyper-active, aware, dynamic individuals who through their networking and contacts are able to get around and search their ways to these NGO’s to provide their services. I’m talking about a non-networked student or a house-wife who is educated enough to serve teaching services to the underprivileged but just can’t find ways to do so. It’s a case of half the teaching potential lying latent and un-utilized.
So what’s the way out?
We need a systematic-coordinated effort to spread the influence. Some informal organizations need to be set-up at a smaller scale. Small groups which even if loosely coupled will do fine and their direct association with each and every section of society. Their greater reach, impact and popularity even among the non-networked sections can compliment the actions taken at the higher-level by NGO’s.
These informal bodies can be established at the level of sectors or blocks with some prominent members being nominated as leaders, coordinators and facilitators. Then some scheduled meetings can be arranged from time to time to keep track of activities. Besides the representatives can directly reach out to the underprivileged sections of the society and spread awareness about their teaching initiative.
It will be a case of society teaching the society. What is required is the initiative on behalf of a few capable people of society, those with a desire to bring the change. This informal ‘each one, teach one’ system free from all legalities and formalities of a formal body can have much more out reaching influence.
A will to teach coupled with active initiative taken by our society can educate the whole nation. The very essence of society is to work for social causes and if they do, the day is not far when we can dream of an illiteracy-free nation.