Kansas City, MO (September 30, 2019) – India’s impressive economic growth in recent years meant that the government had sufficient resources to invest in public education. But Asia’s third-largest economy has recently suffered from its weakest growth rate in five years. In fact, government spending on school education has actually decreased since 2015, when corrected for inflation.
Unfortunately, when economies slow, the poor usually suffer the most. And children from disadvantaged backgrounds already face extreme barriers when trying to complete their schooling.
In India, many parents cannot afford the costs of their child’s education, which can include uniforms, transportation, supplies, books and even school fees. When kids do make it to school, they often face poor learning environments, such as a lack of qualified teachers, outdated methods and materials, overcrowded classrooms, and more.
In partnership with the Guru Krupa Foundation, Children International a nonprofit organization, is working to ensure children in Delhi have access to tutoring assistance and educational resources, regardless of the up-and-down realities of public sector funding.
Throughout India, Children International provides nearly 20,000 children and youth with life-changing opportunities and services they need to escape the cycle of poverty. Education is one of the pillars of the organization’s long-term approach, empowering young people from low-income communities to recreate their lives.
A longtime supporter of Children International’s education programs in India, the Guru Krupa Foundation has, for a third consecutive year, awarded a generous grant to help cover the costs of operating eight learning resource centers in and around Delhi.
The Guru Krupa Foundation’s funding has provided thousands of impoverished children and teens access to a variety of resources, such as computers, textbooks, reading materials and art supplies. Additionally, kids can take part in structured learning activities and high-quality tutoring programs at the learning resource centers to help them master core subjects, including mathematics, reading comprehension and science.
Students coming to the learning resource centers are also empowered through Children International’s social and financial education program, which teaches kids about their rights, personal responsibility, social skills, and money and resource management.
Education is one of Children International’s main areas of focus in helping kids break the cycle of poverty, which is why the organization supports students around the world in their studies. The nonprofit provides school fees, uniforms, supplies and scholarships, and other academic tools in child-friendly learning environments.
About the Guru Krupa Foundation (http://www.guru-krupa.org)
Incorporated in New York State, GKF is a private foundation that funds several charitable causes including those involving religion, culture, social progress and/or education. The foundation’s principles and philosophy are derived from the value system of Hinduism and its main tenet of helping those who are less fortunate than yourself.
About Children International (www.children.org)
In August 2019, Great Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, recognized Children International as one of 15 organizations that serve as “Forces For Change” around the world. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Children International is a leader in the movement to eradicate poverty, helping more than 200,000 children in 10 countries find a path out of poverty. From toddler to young adulthood, Children International surrounds kids with a caring team, a safe place and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. Its supporters are inspired as they see children radically change their lives and create a ripple effect that impacts families and communities for generations to come.