We at Art for Causes believe that every child irrespective of the social and financial background deserves to be in the classroom in the formative years of life. Universal access to quality education is a pressing problem. Despite the progress India has made in technology, majority of low-income families cannot afford basic quality education for their children and that results in heavy dropouts before the students reach middle school.
In 2014-15, AFC decided to support education as a holistic initiative in the forthcoming years, to support families who are struggling financially and ensure quality education for their children. AFC is currently supporting twelve students, including the following students from Ekalavya School with their annual fee, in turn eliminating finance as a hindrance to pursue education.
Background of Ekalavya School
In October 2011, 4500 poor students in 10 urban slum schools in India faced a crisis. Their main sponsor could no longer support the schools beyond March 2012. The students in these good quality English medium schools which charged only a nominal fee faced a bleak future – either shift to Government Schools, or unaffordable private schools, or drop out of school altogether. The school continues to provide good quality English medium education from Class I to X and charge very low fees.
Ekalavya School is one among these 4. There are 441 students, 213 boys and 228 girls from Class 3 to Class 10. Most of them come from families which are struggling financially. Many of the parents/guardians if working, are daily wage labourers, vegetable vendors, house-help etc.
Profiles of some of the students supported by AFC