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Mission: To spread education among the underprivileged sections of the society as the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts rather it is to teach them to think

Vision: Every child in India gets excess to the best education and has a bright future. Education with values given to our society, is the best remedy to all societal evils

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Mr. Debi Prasad Satnalika, Chairman Mrs. Deepa Satnalika, Vice Chairman

Message from Chairman“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself “

Message from Vice Chairman“With the increasing demand and importance of Education in every sphere of Life, I have started this Foundation. The foundation would provide monthly financial assistance to bright and needy students who are deprived of basic educational facilities which they should get. The idea of starting the foundation came with the learning from my own life and sacrifices me and my family did to bring my children who are now successful Individuals”

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Importance of Education For every individual, the meaning of education is different. In simple words, education is an act of sharing and gaining knowledge, creating the ability to reason and judge, make out the difference between right and wrong, and training oneself mentally for having a better and matured life. Many underdeveloped countries are not paying enough attention to the essentiality of education and are suffering in terms of growth, prosperity and development. It not only leads to growth and success, in fact is like the backbone of a society on a smaller scale and of a country on a larger one. The process cannot be ignored or avoided as it is the base of any society. The growth and prosperity of a country can be attributed to the educational quality that is been divulged to the people. People who are qualified and educated could play a vital role in improving the society that in turn could cause economical, social and political growth and advancement of the society. Thinking on the same platform, we have initiated BNMS (Babulal Nagarmal Satnalika) foundation, which is a non profitable and non-governmental organization, having motto to provide monetary assistance and increase educational levels amongst underprivileged children so that they are not deprived of basic necessities and best of today’s world. Founded in year 2011, our endeavour is to do something good for the society and thus country. You can sponsor one or more children just by paying 3600 in a year that will be used for the benefit of needy and bright kids. You can do the payment either by a demand draft, cheque or an online cash transfer.

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Education in India: A Gender Perspective This is the famous talisman of Mahatma Gandhi “Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her].” It’s well-known that the most disadvantaged and the weakest person in the Indian society are the poor women often designated as the poorest of poor. Being in the girl’s college for three years has really helped me see the meaning of this talisman and therefore I have tried to see almost every policy or government scheme from a gender perspective. It’s been acknowledged throughout the world that education is absolutely necessary for the development of a nation. Education results in similar increase in the earnings and expansion of opportunities in future for men and women alike but educating women has many additional socio – economic gains that benefit the entire society like increased economic productivity, higher family incomes, delayed marriages, reduced fertility rates, and improved health and survival rates for infants and children. It has a vital role in empowering women and girls and can lift economically and socially marginalized adults and children out of poverty and provide them with the means to participate fully in their communities. Indian government has been spending a considerable part of its budget in promoting education among lower class children with a special focus on girl child. For instance, government of Jharkhand has started a scheme ‘Free Education for Girls’ in which girls are given free education up to post -graduation level. Under this all the examination fees and tuition fees are reimbursed. There are several such schemes launched at state and national level that aim at making schools an attractive place for girls. But still, girls are not attending schools and those who are drop out after primary school or secondary school. Reasons for this drop – out rate are being examined for past 65 years and in the course of time they have become quite obvious. Still, nothing is being done to do away with those circumstances because usually the origin of those problems lies partly within the system itself which has been designed by scholars, politicians and administrators. The reasons can be divided into two categories: demand side and supply side. Supply side reasons can be inaccessible schools. Even though the government is opening many all-girls school, they are far away from girls’ home and parents don’t feel it safe to send their daughters to school all alone. In some schools, there may not be proper sanitary facilities. Often, toilets are unusable, there may not be separate lavatories for males and females and there can be inadequate privacy. Also, at several places, the sanitary facilities may be located outside the main school compound. This puts students at the risk of bullying and sexual violence, especially female students. On the demand side, impoverished families prioritize boys’ education and are reluctant to pay for school books and dress for the girl. Also, girls are responsible for the household chores, care for siblings in absence of their parents who are out of home earning their family a time’s meal. Early marriage and pregnancy are additional barriers. That is why, even if girls are enrolled in high numbers, dropout rate towards the end of the primary school are usually very high.

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Education in India: A Gender Perspective (contd...) Government of India has apparently taken every possible step to improve attendance in the schools from providing scholarships to only girl child, providing free school dresses, building new schools with all necessary facilities. The problem is that most of the work is only completed on the files and not in reality. The money never reaches people for whom it is meant but is pocketed by the ‘babus’ and hence no scholarships, no dresses and no attendance. Moreover the infrastructure of the schools being built in the remote areas is so bad that children have classrooms but don’t have benches to sit on and once built no effort is made to repair any damage to the school property. First of all we have to make efforts to do away with the notion “ladkiyan padh likh kar kya karengi, ghar hi to sambhalana hai” (it’s no good educating girls; ultimately they will end up being home makers). Awareness campaigns not only on the part of government but NGO’s, educational institution and individuals have to be organised. In the schools as well, not just a teacher but a reliable and good teacher should be appointed who also by the way of interaction ensures equitable student treatment in the classrooms. Moreover, government has to ensure a transparent mechanism of allocating funds to avoid wastages and leakages. It’s well known that educating a girl means educating the whole family. After years of independence, it is high time now that we act on it. Because, “padhega India tabhi to badhega India”.

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Support Us "It's time to give back to society, It's time to do something for humanity, It's time to do something for those who are not that much privileged as we are, It's time to do something to bring light in someone's life, It's time to spread literacy in that segment of society which is still uncared, and Of course to feel responsible by joining this social mission and make it a revolution. Join hand and be a part of our foundation...Together we can change someone's life!! " It is an initiative by us to help you take the first step towards doing something good for the betterment and well being of our society. It's simply a thought; there is absolutely no need to make any commitments. We just want to make this world better for living by being a part of it.

What you can do for us: You can sponsor one or more child with mere Rs. 3600 for a year which will be used for the benefit of the needy students so that they are not deprived of any facilities required in their education. You can donate through Cheques, Demand Draft or by directly remitting your funds into our bank account

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Child Labour: Can Education be a Solution? At every dhaba, small restaurant, chai ki dukaan we can find small children working at the age when they should be enjoying their childhood. They are abused and beaten by their masters, are not paid enough and are forced to live in shabby conditions. Sometimes, children are forced to live away from their parents in a different state where they don’t have anyone to confide their secrets and fears to. India hosts the largest number of child labourers in the world today. With the increasing process of industrialisation, urbanisation and continuous increase in population on one side, greater awareness about human development is on the other side, various social problems which have so far been abandoned or unattended, have come to assume significance. A number of policy initiatives and programmes have been undertaken in this country over the last decade with the basic objective of dealing with the problem of the rapidly increasing number of child workers. A widespread notion is that child labour is closely associated with the lack of education as a child who is in school full time is more likely not to engage in child labour. Therefore free and compulsory education is necessary for the curbing this problem. In 11th five year plan, the education department was given the responsibility to ensure that all children in 5 to 8 age group are enrolled and retained in school so that they do not join the labour force. Through SSA, education department has to focus on the children in the 9 to 14 age groups like child labour, migrating children, street children, domestic child workers and school dropout and never enrolled children and provide for residential and non-residential bridge courses, seasonal hostels, mobile schools and work-site schools for children who migrate with their families must from the very beginning be linked to a forma government school. But the problem is not enrolment; it is retaining those children in the school. This can be only by providing quality education. Teachers have to be recruited in adequate numbers and providing students with necessary books and equipment. Studies have shown that children who receive quality education are more empowered to escape poverty. This quality education should be provided to children during period of compulsory education that is up to 14 years to stem the flow to the labour force. NGOs can play a very important part in this regard. They can be really helpful in educating the parents about the importance of education in one’s life. They have to know that if children study now then the life of poverty and deprivation could be a temporary thing otherwise they will be stuck in the life of sufferings forever. They can also raise funds to provide these children with required books, uniforms and fees of their school which would provide children with an incentive to attend school. Child labour is that curse to society that destroys innocence of children and their childhood. This has to be eradicated and education is surely the first step towards this.

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Where are the Questions?? A look at the present Indian student community Students are the most important part of an education system because they are for whom the system works. A student is a learner, he explores the world everyday with something new and interesting coming his way, but are we letting our children develop their potential and enhance their learning capabilities. Let us have a look at this very important issue. India is a country where we are taught to accept things as they are. It is an inherent and undoubtedly a permanent trait that we carry forward with us in our life throughout. It is true indeed that learning begins with questioning. A question is a statement in itself that shows that the mind is working on the problem presented to a person. It is a demand for clarification of doubts and an a spark of new ideas, but it is a truth that Indian classrooms are devoid of this quality of "questions". Those who question the teaching are more often told to accept the thing and just learn it by heart, but what is the use of that learning which never puts even a single brain cell of a child to work. An active brain is always full of thoughts and ideas, so there have to be questions. If a student doesn't question then over the years he/she develops into a meek personality and it is indeed an alarming sign to be in such a situation. Unfortunately we in India have landed in such a situation. Indian classrooms have become just fact learning classes where the creativity in the child is slowly but surely dying a silent death. Students are afraid to question in fear of a backlash from a teacher. Our teachers are also not up to that level where they can answer the children's queries and the education system has definitely not been tailored to follow the approach of classroom questioning. So we are developing a workforce devoid of new ideas and creative inputs. Questioning makes you look at the world differently, it shows a student's level of understanding and his approach to a certain problem. Analyzing this a good teacher can guide a child through his problem thus making him understand the topic in a far better way. What we need to concentrate here is that we need to encourage students to question. We have to develop an environment for them to explore themselves and feel free to question anything around them. For this we need qualified teachers and a guided parental support. Sometimes the questions which may seem stupid to us adults have very deep meanings in them, so we need to see the world from a student's eye and work accordingly. The students are future propellers of growth for a country and by curbing their questioning ability we are surely stopping their personality growth in a major way. So let us make a change together. Let us all question the beautiful creations of God and find the answers to the unknown. Questions are everywhere....just look around!

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Right to Education, Really? When we visit the site of directorate of education (Delhi), we see the following text:

“Education holds the key to economic growth, social transformation, modernization integration. The National Policy on Education formulated in 1986 and modified in 1992 aims to provide education of a comparable quality up to a given level to all students” But seeing the stringent admission process of renowned schools in Delhi, it’s slightly hard to believe. Parents are often heard complaining about the expensive forms and prospectus. Some prospectuses cost even more than that of some very reputed universities and management schools. Parents normally apply for almost 30 schools and still there is a good chance that their ward will not get admission anywhere, thanks to the point based system adopted by the schools under the guidelines of Directorate of Education, Delhi. Forms are not available online and the hard copy is put on sale for only 2 to 3 hours every day. This means that parents have to leave their job or any other family engagements and stand in serpentine queues in the hope of getting an admission form for their child. Since, schools receive applications that are far more than the seats available, they have decided to use the point based system of selection. Parents collect points if they were alumni, live close to the school, have transferable jobs or if one of their kids is already studying in the school. No points, no seat. Children are denied the admission if their parents do not earn a certain level of income. As if this was not enough, there are various quota seats: 25% seats are reserved for students from economically weaker sections under RTE, other seats are reserved under staff/management quotas. So, the main sufferers are the middle class kids in general category who even after spending thousands on their forms do not have a good chance of getting in schools. Matter to wonder about is if kids don’t get admission, then how do their parents explain them the reason: because they’re not rich enough or economically weak, or they didn’t go to the same school? Doesn’t this give them a sense of rejection or do they even understand these reasons? So basically the right to education belongs to those who are being given the reservations or who are rich. What should the left out people do? They have to get admission in the local schools where they might not get good facilities. So, the central government gives any student the right to education, but it seems the schools in Delhi do not seem to agree.

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B N Satnalika Foundation Newsletter_December_2012  

B N Satnalika Foundation is a non-governmental organization aiming to promote education and learning among the underprivileged children of o...