BRIDGE THE GAP
While public education in India needs serious quality up-gradation, private education continues to be out of reach for the most marginalised communities across India.
Located in the tribal district of Palghar in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, Tamarind Tree school has been trying to provide quality education to tribal children for the past ten years. Apart from teaching students with digitised pedagogical tools, the school also provides one balanced meal.
The cost of educating one child in Tamarind Tree school is Rs 25000 (USD 360) per annum, With a combined family income of less than Rs 7000 (USD 100) per month, the tribal parents are unable to pay for even one child. They do understand the value of good education and contribute Rs 9600 per annum at Rs 800 per month. That leaves out a gap of Rs 15400.