Towards education for all

Towards education for all

Students' initiative

While interning with an NGO that conducted educational programmes for rural children, Mallika Godara visited several villages. She observed how owing to lack of schools in such areas, children missed out on their primary years of education. That is how the idea to start an NGO with an emphasis on providing elementary education to children came struck her.

Godara, a student of MBA in marketing from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, along with her friends, Rakesh Kumar and Rajeev Kumar started Jan Manthan Adhikar which was registered in May 2015. “With the help of some volunteers from MDI — Pankaj Sharma, Vibhor Dhote and Akriti Aggarwal, we started a non-formal education centre for underprivileged children in Sukhrali Enclave in Gurgaon. Since most belong to families of labourers or auto drivers. many of them were not attending schools because
of family responsibilities and lack of money,” explains Godara.

The 25-year-old adds, “The residents are aware about education but they don’t have the time or money to send their children to school. So, a centre inside the community makes it easier to reach out to them.”

The centre, which started functioning from May 1 this year, has around 60 students now.

“We have children in the age group of four to 14 years. Some students are currently in the eighth grade, but their knowledge is not more than that of a third grader. Their level of mathematics, science or Hindi needs improvement and that is where it becomes necessary to start anew,” she says. 

The centre has two teachers from the area, whom Godara and her team train during weekends. Covering subjects like science, mathematics, English, Hindi and general knowledge, the  centre adheres to CBSE curriculum, and plans to admit children to private as well as “good government schools”.

“Every week, we plan the syllabus and include activities like theatre, dance and music to keep children engaged,” says Godara.

Emphasising on the need to have such initiatives, she says, the majority of Indian
population is youth. “There is abundance of world class institutions here, yet there is a lack of educational means for underprivileged children.

We are thus planning to take the initiative to other villages once we establish here.”

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