ONE DAYS FOR UNDER PRIVILEGED STUDENT
The Underprivileged children of India need our help as living under above mentioned circumstances, the children got exposed to the harsher realities of life. Underprivileged children lose their right to emotional, physical and social development and are more likely to have depression, low self esteem, lack of sleep and nutrition etc. Poverty is undoubtedly one of the major causes of this plight. Lack of education being the second culprit. At present, around 30 percent of our population is residing below poverty line, i.e. these people are unable to meet their basic necessities. Before heading forward, we need to understand the types of poverty. There are two types of poverty viz. the absolute poverty and the relative poverty. The former includes people who are financially poor and unable to meet their basic needs of food and shelter, while the later means the difference in the income of individuals. In India, whenever we talk about poverty, we mean absolute poverty.
Poverty and underprivileged children: –
A child born to poor parent means total exposure to malnutrition, diseases, inferior living conditions, inadequate sanitation and many other hardships. Although the child himself is not responsible for poverty but hardships are bound to befall him. But who actually is responsible for poverty in our nation? The main reasons for poverty in our country are: Rapidly rising population; Low productivity in agriculture; Underutilized resources; Low rate of economic development; Price rise; Unemployment; Shortage of capital and Able Entrepreneurship; Social Factors and Political factors. Not just the government, but all the people of India need to focus on the eradication of poverty, not only by pooling in monetarily, but a total change of attitude is required. Only then can we triumph over this massive enemy.
There are many non-government organizations that are working towards poverty eradication, but the success rate is very meager. The reason is simple, lack of people’s participation. We can’t eradicate poverty without people’s active participation. There is no denying of the fact that more supportive hands can share the burden easily, so everyone must join hands to address the plight of underprivileged children.
The day starts with the student entering the premises around , bowing at the entrance of the school, as they feel that the school is a temple of knowledge. The bell rings and the its time for prayers. All the students start for the Upasana Mandir ( Auditorium) in rows. The prayer commences with the National anthem. It is followed by 3 students speaking on the given topics. Assembly ends with it and the students return to their classes. Now its time to get to their assigned classes for Mathematics and English. Doing sums, participating discussions, debates , performing a skit, reading …. continues till the lunch break. All gather in the hall, sit in circles with their friends , recite the prayer and enjoy food. The bell again remindes them to return to classes. Lectures continue. A teacher is reading out a story, someone is making them recite Sanskrit shlokas, some students are busy in the labs with their projects , some are doing reference work in the library or reading books. Thus go the periods and its time to ‘Express’ oneself. The Expression skills period brings with excitement and curiousity and a lot of fun as children are learning instruments, sclptures, making rangoli, vocal music, drawing, painting and so on. The teachers are giving guidelines and children are coming up with creative outputs. No one knows how an hour has passed. The bell at 4.30 again reminds them to stop and proceed further to the physical activities. Children quickly change and get ready for the evening sports activity. There they mix with children from other classes in their own ‘Pathak’ (group) and warm up and play kho-kho, kabaddi, do gymnastics and yoga for an hour with their guide, ‘a Dada’ who is six-seven years older than them. Another day they would be singing inspirational songs or engrossed in listening to motivating stories of patriots, kings and freedom fighters. Then the day ends with the singing of the school prayer and everyone gets back home around 7 p.m. with many plans in the mind waiting for the next day.