BACKGROUNDParikrma is addressing the growing gap, in urban India, between those who benefit from the economic liberalization and the majority who do not.
Rural migrants who come to the city in search of better lives, rely on education to get beter jobs. Unfortunately, the government mass schooling system is in a state of disrepair. Dropout rates are close to 50% by class V and 70% by class VII. Attendance is as low as 15%. Further, the content of education is basic. Text books sub-standard, teachers poorly trained and teaching method outdated.
What is even more debilitating is that English is non-existent in these schools. The vernacular medium of instruction does not leave children with the confidence to study further, given that all higher learning is in English. Even those who pass out of these schools and go further have little ability and confidence to get equal access to the new age jobs available in a city like Bangalore, India’s IT capital.
VISIONOur vision is that we can create a sustainable model, a clear way for under-served children to transform their lives through top-class education and in the process be a catalyst for effecting fundamental change in the way we educate our poor and the marginalized.
Most non-government efforts in the field of education focus on the numbers so many millions of children out of school, so many millions dropping out by a certain age. The thrust, therefore, is on mass programs, through the government schooling system, such as mid-day meals and improving toiletsMass programs by their very nature allow for small changes through a minimum program. The need to affect a large mass of children does not allow for depth of change.
Unfortunately, there is little focus on the content of education, the quality of which might be the actual reason for the high dropout rates and low attendance.
What is education? Is it just about attending school? Or is education about preparing a child for life. Any child, even the poorest.
Parikrma is, therefore, reforming education inside out, one child at a time, through the content of education that is equal to if not the best in the country.