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Role of Education in India's Rural Development (How It Epowers Young Minds)

Role of Education in India's Rural Development (How It Epowers Young Minds)


Introduction

Education is the guiding light as well as the best investment one can make. But not everyone is fortunate to do so. Education is a basic right but the reality is that only a small fraction of the population is able to access it.

A majority of them in India live in the rural backdrop with minimal facilities and education is one of them.

However, the time is changing and the government is trying to bring them out of peril by fostering rural education through a variety of schemes. But a lot has to be still done.

There’s always a query in young minds as to why we are stressing rural education time and again and what’s exactly its role in the development of our nation?

This blog is the answer you’ll ever need to such questions. So, let’s dig in and find out about the role of education in India’s rural development.

How Education Impacts Rural Development-

How Education Impacts Rural Development-

People in rural areas value education as they know it’s the only way to get rid of the vicious cycle of poverty. The foundation of crafting India into a strong and commanding nation has to begin from the corners of rural areas.

One of my friends is a senior teacher in a CBSE school of Bangalore and she told me how her ex-students made it big in life despite being from rural backdrop.

Providing quality education is a sure-shot way to fight the challenges and make the remote sections more advanced and economically sound.

1. Education Helps Them to Make Informed Decisions

Education unleashes new opportunities to access information and technology thereby enabling people to make better decisions.

By going to school, kids become more aware of their surroundings. It allows them to understand the laws, policies, rights, duties, and various other schemes concerning them so that they can garner all the benefits.

In a diverse country like ours, it becomes essential to have a 360-degree understanding of issues to differentiate between authentic information and fake rumors.

It is the lack of education that gives way to ethnic conflicts and disputes. If people will be better educated in villages, then there will be no going back.

2. Education indirectly contributes to the Agriculture Sector

India is an agriculturally-driven nation with a majority of its population involved in farming.

Now, the production value is still behind a lot of developed countries. It needs to gear up. But the problem is not in the workforce, it's actually the backward state of technology here.

If people of rural areas will get skill-based education like Bangalore schools, then they'll be able to build capacity and understand technology in a far better way.

New technologies will emerge and the new generation will be more equipped to innovate in the agricultural-affairs.

3. Migration to cities decreases

There is a trend of migration to cities where a lot of young people move to urban areas in search of better education and precisely for employment purposes.

This has led to increased competition for resources and job opportunities and thus created several obstacles for the city dwellers. To tackle this situation at hand, rural education should be promoted.

If optimum facilities, freedom, and good institutes will be available then people will prefer to live in villages close to their families and the migration rate will subsequently drop.

Education is a weapon to enhance living standards, awareness, and the overall development of both the people and the nation at large.

4. Education makes rural people economically conscious

Due to the lack of information, people from distant corners of the nation are not aware of new trends in the financial sector.

This leads to poor economic decisions. With education, the rural populous is exposed to the novel methods of investment, savings, budgeting, and real estate, making them more economically conscious.

They are able to utilize their earnings in an updated manner and can derive profitable returns from it. In fact! Some of the schools in Bangalore organizes finance-related webinars to aware the kids.

A well-supported system of education allows individuals to make an impact in society and bring out economic prosperity, cultural development, and career advancements.

5. Education advances leadership ability

Education plays an integral role in providing confidence, knowledge, skills, and on-ground experience thus enabling people to develop leadership caliber.

It makes an individual head-strong to command over a large group, organization, or even the nation. All thanks to schools where this ability is sharpened and the future leaders are identified.

The best part is- these leaders can make a mark by combating the challenges of low-quality education, poverty, employment, and a lot many.

They can definitely contribute towards making a successful and strong community. Rural areas require capable leaders to transform them and make them a face of development.

Some subtle changes are needed to be made and what can be better than their own inhabitants coming back to advance it. There is a long list of IAS officers who played their part in making their rural birthplaces a better place. Of course! Education never fails to do its’ job.

6. Education creates new employment opportunities

Education and employment are almost synonymous with each other. Yes, I said almost because this age, values skill-based learning more. Many metro cities have schools that provides vocational learning like the ICSE schools of Bangalore.

This kind of education needs to extend even to the rural areas. If people in rural areas will get high-quality education, then they’ll be able to become more eligible for both public and private sectors.

Most of the rural households are engulfed with the problem of poverty and it becomes extremely essential for them to get a job. As per the studies, skilled workforce, transportation facilities, and local markets are the top factors for setting up any industry.

If people in rural areas will be better educated then they can get industrial placement not just as unskilled laborers but at management positions as well.

How can rural education be improved?

  • Many government schools in rural areas have poor infrastructure. In fact! They don’t even have proper sitting arrangements and kids are forced to sit on the floor. Separate toilets for girls are not available in many cases. So, by building robust infrastructure, rural development can be achieved
  • Schools are present at sparse locations and kids have to walk miles to reach school. Some even need to cross bridges. So, if transportation becomes accessible, more kids will be able to attend school.
  • The rural public should be made aware of the importance of education. Regular inspections of the school staff will ensure better implementation of child-development schemes.

Final Words

Education is integral to the development of every community and culture, whether urban or rural. It allows kids to carve out a bright future for themselves and break the shackles of ignorance. If holistic education will be provided, then the goal of rural development can easily be turned into reality.

Manisha Kanwar

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