EDUCATION IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
ENABLING LIFE-READY CHILDHOODS.
AIM for Seva is not just a 'schooling' initiative. Nor is it for merely sheltering the underprivileged. The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva is an integrated community development program, reaching out to rural and tribal children across 15 Indian states.
Our story began with a deep understanding of rural India’s problems: be it the commute to schools, domestic pressure or lack of extra-curricular activities in education. We thus proposed a solution that has now brought the school to the child’s doorstep: providing access, enhancing the quality of education, providing life skills and an environment that’s conducive to learning: AIM for Seva Free Student Homes(FSH).
A student home is an activity center, a classroom and a learning institute put in one. Empowering children to learn by providing them a place to live close to their schools; with a clean environment, nutritious food, schooling needs, value based education, extracurricular activities and much more. So that they don’t just keep up with the rest, but lead a life-ready childhood to contribute to their family, society and the country as a whole.
The situation as we speak: What sparked the need for AIM for Seva?
India is a country with high levels of economic disparity.
"India is the world's largest democracy with a population of 1.2 billion. Of this, 32 percent live on less than US$1 a day, and 68 percent on less than US$2 a day. With 44% of children underweight, India ranks first in the world when it comes to child malnutrition. The future of rural India, where the highest concentration of poverty prevails, depends on overcoming enormous challenges in health, education, nutrition, population and environment."
Rural and tribal children are unable to access education.
Schools are not always accessible in remote areas and children have to travel several miles to reach one, and do so mostly by foot. In hilly and tribal regions in particular, this becomes a major deterrent to education. READ MORE...
Across India, school attendance levels show a decline: from 73.4% in 2007 to 70.9% in 2011 in rural primary schools. The decline is steeper in upper primary schools, decreasing from 75.6% in 2007 to 71.9% in 2011.
State wise Snapshots:
Some states in India show an alarming decline in school attendance in the five years between 2007 to 2011.
- Madhya Pradesh
- Uttar Pradesh
And when they do access education, they aren't able to stay in school.
Drop-out rates in India are as high as 60% in the higher secondary level. 50% of children who join Class I drop out by Class VIII. READ MORE...
of the rural children in India are enrolled in schools
of the national budget is spent on children who form 25 % of its population
of children do not go beyond their primary schooling
of children who join Class I drop out by Class VIII
Factors for dropouts:
- Long commute to schools
- Abject poverty
- Poor access to education
- Absence of support and guidance to stay in the educational system, especially for first generation learners
Those who do stay in school don't learn optimally.
Enrollment has increased in recent times, but many children are still unable to read and solve basic maths relevant to their class or grade. Absence of reliable electricity, books, desks or tables to work on, and distraction at home due to their involvement in domestic chores act as serious barriers to learning. READ MORE...
Quality of Rural Education: The standard of rural education imparted marks out the "literate" from the "learned". Unfortunately, this has seen a sharp drop in the last few years:
Std. V students who can only read a Std. II level text:
So what can solve this?
To bring millions of children to schools and help them stay there- it is inevitable that we:
- Improve access by establishing holistic learning 'student homes' in close proximity to schools.
- Provide guidance and supervision with a trained caregiver.
- Provide a programme of coaching and tuitions to help rural children cope with the curriculum.
- Empower students with extracurricular programs teaching culture, art and life skills to shape character and personality.