Education has the power to change the fate of a nation apart from one’s self growth. In India, rural education is given the topmost priority by Governments which is clear from the fact that the state and central government collaborate and develop new education plans every year to enhance the nation’s literacy rate in rural areas in the best possible way. Government of India firmly believes that the students who greatly contribute to the nation’s growth live majorly in the rural areas. However the present scenario is that the poor students get the chance to study in schools only because of the free educational schemes accompanied by free books and food. If at all, these students can never imagine going to school after overcoming their poverty. Such a free education system is definitely a timely blessing in India particularly in remote areas.
Even though education is free, there comes definite other factors that still prohibit complete education to rural students. Problems faced in rural education system include lack of proper schools with hygienic infrastructure, lack of frequent transportation or no transportation at all, unclaimed vacancy of teaching staff and unavailable exposure to extracurricular activities and technologies. With a very few schools at different locations in rural regions, children of such areas tend to walk miles every day to reach the school. Some parents simply hesitate to send their kids to schools as the time and distance of traveling is considerably high. To encourage the act of studying, more schools need to be constructed.
In August 15, 1995, to universalize primary education, Government announced mid day meal scheme. The aim of this National program of nutritional support is primarily to improve the percentage of children enrollment in schools. Nearly 18.6 million students benefited by this scheme in India. But even today this scheme fails to deliver best quality food grain to schools. Besides the funds allotted for this scheme gets lost before it reaches the poor to whom it was actually planned for. To get the complete benefit of the scheme, it requires a proper channel of officials to handle the entire process who make sure that no fund gets disoriented in the wrong direction until its delivery.
Quality education is mandatory after food, shelter and clothing for rural children. This quality education delivery lies in the hands of Government and the officials who should work hard to sprout the seeds of the nation’s development by educating rural children who has the power to fight against poverty and change the destiny of the nation with the power of education.