Education in Rajasthan, 20.02.2011

    Rajasthan is the largest state in India. Most people in Rajasthan grind out an insufficient and often inadequate existence in subsistence agriculture. Infrequent monsoon rains and low crop yields however have crippled the region’s economy in recent years and have led to almost famine-like conditions. 

    Rajasthan Map

    The population of Rajasthan is approximately 56 million as of the last census in 2001.  The literacy rate in Rajasthan is 60%, with females unsurprisingly having the lowest literacy levels.  Although the Indian government has started to address educational needs, attempts have mainly been concentrated in towns and cities, meaning rural areas are still neglected.

    Rural Rajasthan Rural Rajasthan
    Rural Rajasthan

    Besides the obvious need for clean water supplies, medical support, etc., UWT witnessed a lack of educational establishments in rural areas. The schools that had been set up by local organisations were conducted out in the open.

    Rural Rajasthan Rural Rajasthan
    Children at School, learning out in the open

    UWT is therefore hoping to set up educational establishments that will cater for both the secular and spiritual needs of the children. English, maths and the sciences will be taught to a proficient standard with the fundamentals of their respective faith will also be need. 

    Girl Carrying Water Rural Rajasthan
    A young girl carries water collected from a water well A recently built education centre