March 9 2015

India: Access to education

Thanks to the support of our donors, Karuna-Shechen operates two small primary schools in the villages of Masuribar and Dema, Bihar. They offer an elementary education free of charge to 135 underprivileged children.

DSCN5008 (1)The schools started in 2014 and are called “babua schools.” (Babua is the loving nickname used for children in India.)

In Bihar, because of a lack of teachers, teaching materials, and infrastructure, many children have no access to basic education. The average number of students per class in this part of India is a staggering 91, whereas the national average is 36.

These poor learning conditions dissuade a large number of rural children from enrolling in schools and increase the dropout and, ultimately, the illiteracy rate in this region.

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By the end of last year, the attendance rate at our two new schools had reached 84%, which is very high for an elementary school. (In Bihar, the average attendance rate is only 55%.) This proves that babua schools, though small, make a big difference in the lives of these children and are greatly appreciated by students, parents, and teachers. Bravo to our India Team for this accomplishment!

To learn more:

Education in India