Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Did you know that one third of the world's illiterate population resides in India? If immediate action is not taken, it is estimated that by 2020 one half of the world's illiterate population will live in this country. The language diversity of India (only 30 percent of Indians speak Hindi and 19 languages have official status in the country) as well as an entrenched caste system and persistent poverty present unique hurdles to obtaining an education. Although schooling is free and mandatory until age 14, it is estimated that 40 percent of students (primarily girls) drop out before secondary school. Despite these dire statistics, there is good reason for optimism for the future of this wonderful country. There is a strong NGO community in India which Room to Read has been able to partner with in order to increase their impact in this region. We at GSG are excited that our next school project is in India. We hope you are excited as well!