Sustainability advocates for a universally shared common vision of progress towards a society that is just, safe and sustainable for humanity and the development of this vision is induced by creativity and thought process to create the conditions so that we are able to convert this world into a judicious one. Judicious not in the sense of the terms like job creation, standard of living, quality of life, a sound environment, elevation of poverty and much more. Actually all these problems can be worked upon only if we follow a ground approach.
What is this ground approach?
The simple answer to this is the Education, which actually gives us a rational view point and we are able to deal with practicalities and impracticalities of life. From day 1 of our life, if we were taught in an operational way we definitely rely upon that throughout our life and this whole concept of sustainability got nurtured.
As the father of Nation once said “India lives in her villages” and the concept of ground approach must have its beginning from the grassroots of India. According to the World Bank datasets, 66.46% of total population lives in rural India, and this rural India needs to be accorded top priority to ensure sustainable growth and development of the country.
Government of India towards rural education
As per the census 2011, literacy rate in rural areas was around 68% while it was 84% in urban areas. At the same time 59% of rural women were estimated to be literate as compared to nearly 80% urban women being literate in 2011. In order to do away with this gap Ministry of Human resource development take some effective steps to abridge this gap, which includes expansion of Jawahar Navodaya Vidayalays, pan-India expansion of Samagra Siksha with increased budgetary allocations, expansion of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, improvement in quality of Mid Day Meal Scheme, Eklavya model of residential school scheme etc. When it comes to proper planning and implementation the students participation is necessary for innovative outcomes, Atal Tinkering Lab, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Swachch Bharat Internship are the lead players. At the same time India is on the verge of finalizing a new education policy. The draft national education policy 2019 envisions an inclusive and equitable education system where all children have equal opportunity to learn and thrive, also it supports the establishment of special education zones and targeted funding for independent research on inclusive education.
Where we are lagging in providing a sustainable vision?
The right to education act has been a defining moment for the country via which education become a fundamental right of every Indian between the ages of 6 and 14, but is this enough to have a fundamental right without proper conditions to exercise it adequately. The difference between educated and literate can actually put the gaps in the social upliftment of the vision. What we are learning is not something we actually implement and this lag is due to the inability of the system to provide adequate conditions for the proper exercise and development of mental setups.
A strong mind can draw a strong thought and that led to innovation and progress. So the duty of the system is not only to provide schemes for education sector but to create positive and progressive conditions where no one feel deprived and this ultimately give vision to the students to educate themselves and the generation too.
Kashmir, a live case study
The people in Kashmir have enough talent to innovate, create and implement, at the same time they have education as the fundamental right, with no doubt all the government schemes are also available for them, but is it feasible to develop a sustainable vision there. Every third day the schools are closed, total instability and all type of restrictions. In such case the education turns to be turmoil rather than a solution to the cause. Kashmir is a particular case but this happens throughout the country. This is where we are lagging, even after educating our selves we are not sure about what next. We even are not sure about our bread so how this sustainability could work?
So education is one aspect, making schemes is another aspect but despite these two aspects duty of the Government is to work on creation of security of life, security of earning, security of development and security of progress. The moment these securities are served, efficiency prevails and the sustainability will ultimately follow it and this ripple will cause endless ripples in the country and hence the agenda of sustainability becomes reality.