A majority of India still lives in villages and so the rural education in India is of utmost importance. Research has found that, even though the number of rural students attending schools is rising, more than half of the students in fifth grade are unable to read a second grade text book and are unable to solve simple mathematical problems. Not only this, the level of maths and reading is further declining. Though efforts are being made, they are simply not enough. But after establishing the REC (Rural Education Centre) majority of people living in villages have understood the importance of education and know that it is the only way to get rid of poverty. But due to lack of money they are unable to send their children to expensive private schools and hence depend upon government schools for education. Due to various reasons government schools have failed to deliver. In order to break the deadlock, TellAsia launched Rural Education Centres in selected areas where it can significantly impact poor village school going children.
Since February, 2015 TellAsia Ministries has launched 13 Rural Education Centres in different locations in Central, East and West Uttar Pradesh. Through these simple and efficient outreaches thousands of children have learned to read and write while also coming to know Jesus. These 13 Rural Education Centres are not conducted in concrete buildings but most them are under mud thatched huts. One might wonder about the quality of education given here. But out these cheap centres, precious rural little lives are been saved and transformed. Over the last six months we have seen tremendous results from these centres. Most of the children’s lives have been transformed both academically as well as spiritually.
Children Pray before classes begin
Parents responded happily while they were asked about the Rural Education Centre, “Our children were not learning and taking interest in studies and used to roam around here and there and pick up bad habits. But now the Education Centre has brought about major changes in their attitude and behaviour towards their parents and studies. They also sing the beautiful Christian songs they learn at the centre.”
Gaurav Teaching the story of Lost Sheep
Poonam, an Education Centre Teacher reports that, in the beginning parents were not happy seeing the small thatched mud cottage setup of the Rural Education Centre. There were hardly 20 children in the classroom. But with great expectation we started the centre and today there are 40-50 children coming to learn. She (Poonam) says children who came here in the beginning didn’t show much interest in learning. But now they want to learn more. They have been learning fast like other children. They are smarter now. Some of them can teach the same lesson the teacher taught them. They recite Bible verses and rhymes that have been taught. They are excited to learn and study the Bible. This has resulted in their parents coming to know Jesus. Children also come to Sunday school and learn many more things from the Bible.