Every nation looks toward the young generation as its future. Undoubtedly, they are the future of the nation. You know why? Because we consider the most productive stage of the life as youth. We generally consider 21-35 as the most productive stage. Before entering this stage, a person ideally needs to complete good-quality school education and the college education.(at least a Bachelor’s degree)
If we consider a person who passes his/her school education at lets say 18, after completing his bachelors degree he will be around 21-22. At this stage, he enters the productive stage, and starts his/her career and starts earning livelihood.
So, the foundation of this is the school education. Nearly all nations and even the international organizations insist on a good quality school education, because it is the founding stone of the young generation.
If we talk about India, literacy rate has grown up from 12% (in 1947) to 74% (2011 census) which shows great improvement in the literacy rate since independence. The credit of it definitely goes to the government schemes, role of civil societies, responsible citizens etc which helped cultivate awareness in general public with respect to education.
Ideally, a child who is studying in a school should be given the opportunity to attain quality education. As a boost to this, Right to Education was launched in 2009, which aim at providing free and compulsory education to children of age range 6-14yrs in government and private schools.(as per the Article 21A)
Article 21A reads – The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years in such manner as the state, by law, determine.
Child Labour prevention laws were also enacted and as a result many children were freed from child labour, a major barrier to school education. Measures were also taken in this regards like launching of schemes like Mid Day Meals, Incentives to increase enrollments etc, which have increased the number of enrollments in schools.
But are these measures and achievements sufficient? Do we just need the woofing literacy rates and praise ourselves for the progress?
No. Because we have to look up on additional features now. As we have improved our literacy rates, we now have to also look upon increasing the quality of education.
Additionally we also have to look upon, enabling them (the youths) to acquire skills so as to make them capable to earn their livelihood and to enable them to contribute to the growth of national economy. Government has launched many schemes like Skill India, Start up India, etc in this regard to encourage them to develop their skill/idea and cultivate it to a business idea.
Why the issue of the growth of economy?
We are referring to the growth of economy because the economic growth of any nation, will enable the nation to make and implement policies for the welfare of its public in a better way. It’s a cycle and welfare of people and growth of nation are inter-dependent terms.
What can be done?
As we all know, the programs and policies have already been made and are being implemented. All that is required is an increased awareness in citizens towards the same, so as to achieve the targets which we lagged behind, due to any reason(s).
We, as a citizen, should definitely create awareness in our own ways, which will definitely help. As we say, that Each drop of water is important, as every drop adds up to the filling of a container. (Boond Boond se gharra bharta hai). So, small steps also lead to bigger results.
As a citizen, we have the responsibility to create awareness to those who are unaware of the policies and programs. Together, we can make our nation and the whole world, more educated, more skilled, economically strong and a better place to live.