The 2011 Census suggests that about a fourth of India is illiterate. But the real number of people who can actually read and write is even lower.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says there are 45 million children of school-going age in India who don’t go to school but have to work. Of those who enroll in school, many drop out because their families are simply too poor to keep them there.
This needs to change.
Today, Hindustan Times starts that effort in Mumbai.
We at HT are proud to begin an initiative that we have called “You Read, They Learn”, a year-round programme to help educate underprivileged children in Mumbai and its environs.
And for this, we seek your participation.
For each new subscription that we acquire in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, we’ll set aside five paise every day towards the effort to educate underprivileged children.
To ensure that we can do this in the best possible manner, we are partnering with the most credible NGOs working in the field of primary education.
This ‘You Read, They Learn’ initiative was first launched by us in April 2012 in Delhi.
It is an ongoing project that has till now helped put more than 14,000 children in schools in the Delhi-NCR region.
This endeavour cannot be successful without your support. We request you to take action in your own way to help educate underprivileged children around you. Do let us know your plans and ideas.
Over the coming 12 months, HT will also focus on the problems that need immediate attention and how to solve them.
Our reporters will dig out stories of change, of people making a difference and of your contribution to the lives of children for whom no one else has time.
Because reading and learning must be every child’s right. Not just the privilege of a few.