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Role of NGOs in making Indians skilled and self sufficient

Dec 24, 2018

India needs to make its people more skilled and self-sufficient, writes Abishek Dubey, CEO and Founder, Muskaan Dreams.

New Delhi: Non-governmental organizations are a crucial part of any country’s society. A group of people with a common objective, coming together and with a will to work determinedly and achieve those goals, with/without any governmental aid or support is what a NGO does. Their goals usually revolve around, humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, human rights, environmental, and other areas.

It is true , that it’s the government’s duty to take care of the people and the country, but truth to be told, a government can sometimes lag behind in coping up with all the issues especially those related to the marginalized sectors, and that’s where the responsibilities of the country’s citizens have to come in action. NGOs do the same. Some work for children, some work for old-age people, some work for the environment, independently and tenaciously. Civil societies and NGOs can play a significant role in helping improve India’s ranking on the Human Development Index(HDI).

Our country needs to make its people more skilled and self-sufficient, so that no one is totally dependent on the other person for their living. Everyone should be skilled enough to work for something, and earn on their own. No child should ever be forced to beg around, or pick up rags anymore. Working up extensively for rural areas and non-privileged sectors of the community is the need of the hour.

In the last two decades the NGOs have worked proactively in the development of social sector focusing on the two most important categories-education, health etc. A major role has been played by NGOs in sending school dropouts back to schools, especially in rural areas, rightfully upholding the Right to Education. And also the heath sector development programmes like TB and malaria elimination, water and sanitation facilities improvement, by NGOs have been highly successful.

Education is the most mainly tool that can be used to change the world. It is the passport to the future, for the champions who prepare for it today.

Every child should have the right to education, so that he is able to make an independent living. Our Indian education system states that it provides equal opportunities to all students, but the sad reality is, neither the non-privileged children are able to cope-up with the other kids, nor are the schools completely able to accept them because of their backgrounds.

Government has been making its way to enroll and retain the children in schools especially from the rural sectors.But the number of students attending schools is staggering, and shows that proper implementation of the Right To Education Act is yet to be made.

In such a situation, NGOs exist to balance the imbalanced see-saw. Many of our NGOs put a great focus on the importance of education and work tirelessly to achieve these goals. They work at the grass-root level to strengthen the education system, spread awareness about its importance and enroll as many children as possible so they can thrive in life.

Nowadays, with the growing advancements in technology, organizations also focus on digitization and use of smart classrooms. Keeping in mind the future, it is important to make non-privileged students familiar with new ideas and possibilities. Hence the introduction of digitalization to classroom is also crucial.

The undeniable importance that NGOs hold in spreading education, in co-existence with the government, to all different nook and corners of the country, ensures that no child is denied access to education with the hope of a self-sufficient/secure future.

Where education is a crucial part of overall development of an individual, a factor that equally contributes to it, is health. Having a healthy body is just as main as having a healthy mind.

While the health statistics of rural India continue to be poor, the health care services deployed by government is even less than 4%. Slum dwellers suffers from bad health conditions, first due to lack of education and awareness, and secondly due to unwillingness. Healthcare of the marginalized is in desperate need to be addressed.

The primary focus of NGOs in the health sector are- establishing healthcare institutions, fulfilling health and social needs of groups like women, elderly and vulnerable, promoting health rights, and performing preventive health programmes. They generate resources from institutional and individual donors to facilitate, achieving key goals and deliver outcomes to the targeted beneficiaries.

NGOs with their willingness to learn and adapt to new challenges is surely taking a lead in the direction to develop more effective and efficient models of healthcare service delivery.

A vital role is played by NGOs in shaping the country’s future and society for generations to come. With their rich expertise in bringing a change in the lives of backward communities,NGOs have contributed immensely for the betterment of socio-economic landscape of India. And we hope, this positively impacts the development of the nation in coming years.

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