Vol.11 - October 2008
Opinion Poll
In India, only 53% of habitation has a primary school.

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Dear Friends,

In keeping with our thematic communication, this quarter we bring to you, the issue of education. Quality education remains the most important tool towards the realization of rights of all children. It has a profound impact on growth and development, nature and nurture of children as well as societies. It gives individuals the power of choice - it enables people to think, question and judge.

Article 45 of the Indian Constitution states that, "The State shall strive to provide free and compulsory education to all citizens up to the age of 14" and the 93rd Constitutional Amendment (1994) made education a fundamental right that guarantees free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 6 – 14.

However, statistics show that this right remains largely unrealized and that current education schemes do not enable quality education for underprivileged children.
- 50% of India's children in the age group of 6 to 14 do not attend school.
- A little over one-third of all children who enroll in Grade 1 reach Grade 8.
- Government primary schools lack basic amenities such as access to safe drinking water and toilets. The lack of toilets on the school premises is one of the primary reasons why girls drop out of school.
- 40,000 government schools have no teachers.
- 88,000 schools do not have a blackboard.

CRY America supports organizations that empower communities to access education for their children – so that every child, irrespective of caste, class, gender can go to school. They ensure that government schools exist, are functioning in every village and every slum – and that the schools deliver quality education free of cost, so that thousands of out-of-school children can go to school.

Read about CRY America supported project- Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment (SATHEE) where a community has brought about change to restore the educational rights for their children.

With your support, CRY America has directly impacted the lives of 156,000 children living across 1211 rural, tribal and urban communities. 160 government schools have been activated, 296 villages now have 100% enrolment of children in schools and over 930 community based groups are deeply engaged in making education a reality for their children. .

There is more to be done and we continue to count on your support.

In Faith and Goodwill,

Shefali Sunderlal
CRY America


India Situation

Elementary education is considered a basic developmental right of every child. However, the right remains largely unrealized:

 50% of girls fail to enroll in school; those that do are likely to, drop out by the age of 12.

 Despite policy, the schools do not have special provisions for disabled children and mentally challenged children.

 In India, only 53% of habitations have a primary school. Only 20% of habitations have a secondary school.

 On an average, an upper primary school is 3 km away in 22% of areas under habitations.

In nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V.

 53% of the girls in the age group of 9 to 5 years are illiterate.

 High cost of private education and the need to work to support their families and little interest in studies are the reasons given by 3 in every four drop-outs as the reason they leave.

 1 in 40, primary school in India is conducted in open spaces or tents.

(Sources: 7th All India Education Survey, 2002, 5th Education Survey NCERT)

Changing this situation on a larger scale requires an inclusive public education system that ensures quality education for all children.


Ghorawal, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India, is famous for its beautiful carpets infamous for employing child labor. The Ghorawal carpet looms spelt doom for children, denying them any kind of childhood. Bonded into the carpet weaving industry by poverty stricken parents, they found their future inextricably woven with the hardship of minimum wages and backbreaking labor.
Read how Children Welfare Society (CWS), a CRY America supported project changed this situation.

Six villages in Boarijore Panchayat in the Godda district of Jharkhand suffered the same fate as many villages in India do: of government apathy. Besides the many problems, their children’s education was the biggest casualty.
Read about how a transformation occurred through the efforts of SATHEE (A CRY America supported project).


CRY Walk 2008 – Thank you for supporting our Walk for child rights event across Detroit, Boston, Connecticut, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Read about events

CRY America organized Indian Ocean Concerts in Seattle, Houston and Connecticut in August. Read more

Meera Gandhi and CRY America presented Pledge 2008 in New York on Oct 11. Read more

Since CRY America was established in 2002, with the support of over 10,000 donors and volunteers in this country, we have partnered with grassroots NGOs and community based organizations who work to eliminate the root causes that keep children and their families in deprivation. The potential to raise funds is immense. But with our limited resources, human and financial, it is always a challenge to reach out to as many individuals as possible and grow our base of supporters.

This is how You can enable your company to participate in our movement for children.

Enroll us in your matching gift program.

If your company has an employee giving program and you would be interested in spreading the word to other employees, please write to me directly at kreeanne@crymail.org

You can enable us to reach out to your friends and family. Forward our e-mailers and campaigns to raise awareness on the situation of underprivileged children in India, and to elicit support from individuals.

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