Education has a central role and responsibility in social transformation, in the promotion of values of respect and understanding, and in assisting communities to confront the challenges and sustainable development. Education lays the necessary foundations for establishing good governance, democratic participation and human rights. It provides the means for empowering disadvantaged and marginalised groups and promoting their inclusion in society. Education is a powerful tool for participation in the knowledge economy for individuals, and to improving productivity at the local and national level.
It was Gandhi who said that India resides in her villages. He romanticized village life as self-sufficient, simple, free, non-violent, and truthful. Post-independence many villages have become cities or townships, yet the benefits of a town, like better infrastructure, educational institutions, health care etc are still far-fetched.
For many rural residents of India, agriculture is the major occupation. Due to poor income a large number of parents cannot afford to send their children to school that demand a decent fee in lieu for educational facilities and therefore compromise on the quality of education. As a result, number of children miss out on education due to poorly developed infrastructure and meagre resources, poverty, lack of school in their village, lack of proper transport system, poorly motivated parents and teachers. Though in the recent past a lot had been done to improve the standard of education much remains to be achieved.
Recently much attention is also paid on skilling the young. Rural development through facilitating demand-driven, high quality technical and vocational education and training, relevant to all sectors of the economy, at all levels and to all people is a big boon.
– Arjun T K