Schooling is free and compulsory in India, for children between the ages of 6–14 years, but this law is not well implemented. India currently has the largest illiterate population of any nation on earth. (according to Rediff, 2007-11-21, retrieved 2009-11-27) An estimated 50% of Indian children aged 6-18 do not go to school.
Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 and 14 go to school meaning least 35 million children aged, in this age range, do not attend school. A little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight. This is particularly a problem among girls. Of Indian girls between the ages of 5-9 years old 53% are illiterate. Dropout rates increase drastically in from third to fifth class at 50% for boys and 58% for girls. Most likely this is because children are able to contribute to the family income by working at around this age.
School facilities are often inadequate or totally lacking.
In nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes 1 through 5. On an average, there are less than three teachers per primary school.
MM Primary School
We opened the Creo Harvey Primary School in the year 1999, named in honour of the buildings sponsor. We have about 180 enrolled students. Those primary students living at M.V. Gudum as well as students come from the surrounding villages, from Hindu families. This is a free school and we are aiming to help poorest children.
To give quality education we have employed qualified teachers. We engaged 7 workers as teaching and non-teaching staff.
We only charge a minimum fee for the school bus. There are more than 200 children in the school and half of them come from nearby villages and remaining from the children Home.
They are furnished with minimum infrastructure including classrooms and a simple playground. We have a large school ground where the children can play.
We need to upkeep the school building as well as the basics like desks.
In recent years we received a donation for a full sized School bus, which now means that small van does not need to make twelve trips daily to and from the school. This has been a great blessing!
How can you help?
We need to develop a library and sports room.
In order for the children to be competitive and successful in the modern world they need a computer lab to learn the basics.
Donations for Supplies
The new bus however is too large for our current drive way so we need to widen it. The bus also needs some sort of shed to keep it from badly weathering in the extreme heat and monsoons.