World’s Future: Children

As the world is getting technologically advanced, more Robo babies are getting created. But one should not forget the fact that our future is still with our children and we cannot give it in the hands of digitally controlled mind. Children, who are born every second even when there aren’t enough resources to provide them their basic rights – education; forget about the good toys which is very important for the upcoming creative minds.
Education Graph
If you are aware, UNESCO’s report (2007) on Global monitoring says:

India ranks a lowly 99 on a scale of 125 on the education development index.
Worldwide 77 million children are out of school in which the ratio of girl child is 53%. In India itself 4.5 million children are deprived of basic education. Though the literacy rate has improved by 70%; there were 25 million children out of school in 2002.

Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan scheme by Indian government tried to help children but there are many other factors associated with it like the health that needs to be addressed. It is pretty understandable that when parents can’t afford a one day meal for child, how can they send them to school. Even the schools hardly have teachers and infrastructure to retain the student for long. Situation is still better in urban areas but a big population lives in rural and backward areas of India – and that is where the problem is amplified.

Then there comes UNDP’s Human development report for 2006, which cleary says how important sanitation is. Good sanitation can decrease the death ratio of kids and help the government to work more on education. An interesting fact is that Dharavi, Mumbai – biggest slum in Asia – has one toilet for 1,440 people.
Diseaases like Dengue and Chickungunia has made Indians a little more aware about the importance of clean water and sanitation. On the other end, Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer among children – and the rate beats all other countries.

Is there no solution to prevent a child who, when born, opened his eyes and thought that he will see a clean & green world? It’s our duty to think about such innocent’s future which is, in a way, connected to our prosperous growth. Would you not like to be in a place where there is no mess in the surrounding environment? Would you not like to no longer see children lying in dust as you walk down?

Today I read a very interesting article on Business week on Acumen’s New model which says – By joining designers’ innovative solutions with finance from capital markets, the Acumen Fund aims to effect permanent change.
“Lack of money is no longer the major hindrance to solving many of the world’s most intractable social problems.… Charitable giving overall has jumped 23% in the past four years. And there’s growing interest among investors eager to fund for-profit businesses that have both social and economic impact…
Acumen uses classic consumer-focused design methods to solve the problems of poverty.
Rather than beginning with the structures at hand and making assumptions about what is possible, Acumen begins with the needs of the truly poor.”

The facts for this article are taken from Times of India (10th Nov, 2006) And Hindustan Times (9th Nov, 2006) Newspaper.

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7 thoughts on “World’s Future: Children

  1. There definitely is a ‘for-profit’ opportunity to come up with a business that has social as well as economic impact. But the investors who can put in money for the said cause will have to be more patient – the moment they start thinking about 5-7 year exit, they will not spend money in this. IMHO – our society hasn’t matured enough to attract investors to spend in such a venture. The money has to come from charitable organizations and will require huge patience – I am not sure how ready are we for that.

    everybody seems to be thinking about short-term gains and another problem is that there are so many apparent short-term-gain businesses that people cant look beyond that.

    Please keep us updated with any progress that you witness in this space.

  2. Hi Paavani,

    India spends hugely on maintaining ministries and departments for human resources and child welfare. Every now and then a scheme is announced and funds are alloted…..but by the time these funds reach the grassroots, there is nothing left. It has taken 49 years after Independence for our dear nation to get a bill on abolition of child labour passed. This bill has not and will not put child labour to an end. It may at best reduce the instances of child labour in the urban centers. But bonded child labour and child trafficking will continue. We are after all a nation without a conscience! :sad:

  3. hi Paavni,

    Though expenditure on education is always seen as “investment” on human development but still there are millions out opf school for want of schooling.We a lot to them and that too the vulnerable sections of the society.The rural girls in India are happens to be the most marginlised. we owe a lot to the society . putting the ideas on the net is not going to serve the purpose.come forward and help the needy.
    bye

  4. hi Paavni,
    Though expenditure on education is always seen as “investment” on human development but still there are millions of childrern,out of school for want of schooling.We owe a lot to them and that too the vulnerable sections of the society.The rural girls in India are happens to be the most marginlised. we owe a lot to the society . putting the ideas on the net is not going to serve the purpose.come forward and help the needy.
    bye

  5. hi,
    thanks a lot for appreciating my views . I am a research scholar pursuing reserach in the field of eduucation,at JNU, new delhi. if ever you or some one with similar inititatives seeks a helping hand ,it would be my eanest duty to do so.
    bye

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