Free Press Journal

Indore: Need to eliminate education inequality, says director Arhan Bezbora


Indore: Underlying the dearth of institution builders in the country, National Alumni Impact (Teach For India) director Arhan Bezbora here on Wednesday said that India needs to work towards a vision where a group of leaders work together to provide education to every child in the country and are able to eliminate education inequality.

He said this while delivering a talk “Leadership for Social Change” at Indian Institute of Management Indore.

He began his talk discussing various important factors like ability to overcome the barriers which arise during a child’s education, the important role played by moral values and the kind of exposure a child gets during education.

“The amount of exposure a 3-year-old kid used to get 10 years ago was much less than what a 3-year old child gets today. There is a huge gap and education has changed tremendously,” he said.

Discussing about India’s education crisis, Bezbora noted that 52% of Grade-V students can’t read the text of a Grade-2 book. “32 percent of Grade II students are not even able to recognise the numbers, 97 per cent graduates today aren’t able to pass the central teacher eligibility test, 90 percent of students across the nation don’t make it to the college, 45 per cent students aren’t enrolled in the secondary school and 45 per cent schools don’t have usable girl’s toilet as well.”

“So many issues and the underlying problem is lack of leadership here. People don’t wish to work as teachers—only those work as teachers now a days who didn’t get any other opportunity—is the common mentality now,” Bezbora said.

He said that youngsters need to come together, reimagine the problems and find solutions—try working in a proper ecosystem which is sustainable, and be able to look at multiple perspectives at a single time and manage them efficiently.

“The child lives among his parents, school, neighborhood, and other organizations which may be NGO, governmental organizations, private institutions etc. These organizations today are just focusing on how they can create their own impact in education rather than focusing on what kind of education a child needs. All these links need to be interconnected and work together for a bright future,” said Bezbora.

He concluded his talk quoting—“Transforming systems is ultimately about transforming relationships among people who shape these systems.” The talk was followed by a Q&A session.