India has made great strides in improving access to quality education, increasing elementary school
enrollment and reducing the number of out-of-school children.
These achievements have been bolstered by key laws, policies and programmes such as the Right of Children to
Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act (2009), the National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy
(2013). However, challenges do remain.
An estimated 6.1 million children out of school in 2014 reduced from 13.46 million in 2006. Out of 100 students,
29 per cent of girls and boys drop out of school before completing the full cycle of elementary education, and
often they are the most marginalized children. (Source: SRI-IMRB Surveys, 2009 and 2014). Around 50 per cent of
adolescents do not complete secondary education, while approximately 20 million children not attending preschool. (Source Rapid Survey of Children 2013-2014 MWCD
These changes are in the education policy enabling environment and due to the emergence of COVID-19 and its
impact on education services.
Surya Foundation started an initiative called Education for All in 2017 to address this problem. Under which the
organization will improve the skills of the students through its work and will also provide an equal opportunity of
education for all the children. Through this initiative, the organization is bringing a change in the society by
providing the following things. These are:
• Free study material
• Skills Development
• Quality teaching and learning
Girls and boys including the most marginalized will enjoy sustained and equitable benefit from quality education
with learning outcomes focusing on foundational learning and life skills.