Facts & Thoughts
Every statement that you could conceivably make about NGOs in India is guaranteed to be true for some NGOs and false for some others. Why? Because we have a HUGE number of NGOs in India.
What is an NGO?” Here are ten basic facts about what an NGO really is:
- NGO is an acronym that stands for Non-Governmental Organization. They are neither a part of government nor the private sector. There is no focus on power over people or becoming wealthy through working at an NGO. So why do they do it…scroll to #2!
- NGOs are humanitarian groups. People and the community are the priority of the organization. NGOs strive to better the world and help the less fortunate.
- NGOs range from International to National to Local. There are approximately 40,000 NGOs in the world in addition to the community-based organizations according to the United Nations Development Program. An NGO can be a domestic organization and reach those in their community or they can be international and help those thousands of miles away.
- NGOs are non-profit. This means all surplus money will be placed back into the organization’s work and will not be a profit to owners, staff or donors. There is no interest in money for NGOs. The mission is often to relive suffering and protect the people.
- There is a passion and desire to help. NGOs consist of people who volunteer to aid development; there is no mandatory requirement to join an NGO. All NGOs share the common principle of humanity and those committed to NGO activities support this principle in interest of bettering the world.
- Every little bit counts. NGOs are funded by various ways. There are government grants, grants from foundations and corporate businesses, small donors and even large donors. You don’t have to be a billionaire; anyone can donate. Every donor is appreciated and aids the cause, no matter how big or how small.
- NGOs work to make a difference. The work of an NGO may vary from healthcare, livelihood, poverty, child mortality, education, emergency response, water & sanitation and other needs of the people. If there’s an issue or need, there’s most likely an NGO working on it.
- NGOs do not use aid to further religious, political or military standpoints. NGOs are independent and do not work for governments or partner with armed forces. Neutrality is a must to access all areas in need of aid and relief. Working for a government or partnering with an armed force might portray an NGO as a threat rather than a source of safety and help.
- NGOs do not use armed forces. This means guns are not allowed in offices or project sites. They do not exchange information with the military or use armed or military escorts. NGOs do not support violence and conflict. NGOs value peace, tolerance and the people.
- NGOs believe in the rights of the people. NGOs are a force in the global civil society and aim to provide access to basic human rights to those in need. Development is not a gift or privilege; it’s a process that NGOs push for.
- It’s obvious NGOs are awesome! They’re like superheroes donating effort and time to make people’s lives better. Stay tuned with us !!!
Facts on education
44% of India’s population are children.
India spends only 3.3 percent of its GDP on education, compared to an average 5.8 percent in developed countries.
GOI had made a commitment to spend 6% of GDP on education in 1968, however the highest spend made so far is 4% of GDP.
In India, 50% of children aged 6-18 do not go to school
Of the 32 million children that began school in 2004, less than half will complete the compulsory 8 years of education.
The common reasons given by 3 out of four drop-outs for leaving school are
a) High cost of private education
b) Need to work to support their families
c) No interest in studies.
Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V – its 50% for boys, 58% for girls.
Since 2001, the government’s flagship elementary education program, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, has helped to bring some 20 million children into school; most of them are first-generation learners.
In India, education has been made free for children from 6 to 14 years of age (up to Class 8), under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.
A study found that 65% of schoolchildren in Hyderabad slums attend private schools. This proves the fact that even the poorest in India go to private schools in spite of the free education in government schools.
37% of secondary students fail, and 11% dropout before exam