India and Literacy: Few Glimpses

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Urban Slums

Poverty and poor sanitation are the major challenges faced by children in these areas. Some never end up going to school and for some going to school dies a premature death.

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Urban Slums
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High Aspirations

Sadia (5 years), wants to be a docter when she grows up. She is a resident of Gareeb Nagar in Bandra, Mumbai. She has five elder sisters who have all got married by 15. Sadia goes to a pre-school nearby. Ironically, she has learnt to write the English letters in the order that Urdu is written.

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High Aspirations
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Bright Future Stars

National Girls High School is a private-funded school which has done a commendable job fighting illiteracy in the neighbouring Gareeb Nagar and other slum areas like Dharavi. Girls with the help of their dedicated teachers have taken the initative of completing their schooling and then pursuing bright careers in Hospitality, Teaching and Finance.

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Bright Future Stars
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First in the Family

Most of these girls are the first in their families to have gone to a school.

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First in the Family
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Contributors to the Positive Change

Teachers in the National High School feel that active counselling of children and parents along with new courses like Personality Development has brought a postive change in the attitude of parents and children towards education.

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Contributors to the Positive Change
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Challenges in Teaching

Schools like National Girls High School which operates in these areas with dedicated and trainned teachers are not a reality in our country. Many schools in the deprived pockets of rural and urban India face inadequate and poorly trained teachers.

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Challenges in Teaching
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