Entrepreneurship for Transforming Education
Lack of access to education is a serious problem in India, be it basic education, adult education, or affordable and quality childhood education. Though education is a constitutional right, it is beyond the reach of a large part of the population. 31% of the teachers in Government schools do not have a degree, and 40% of the schools function without electricity. Lack of education at the primary level translates into adults taking up unskilled jobs.
There has been an increased focus on making education accessible to all and increasing the literacy rate, something which shows high disparity between states. Efforts are also being taken to bring adult education to the forefront and help more adults take up skilled jobs. To improve the problem of quality education, there have been attempts to customize curriculum and pedagogy to local needs and scale coverage by extending its outreach.
Initiatives for Environmental Sustainability
The Earth has limited resources, and to ensure quality life for all the present and future residents of the planet, steps have to be taken to reduce the impact we have on the planet and its resources. Recycling waste and solid waste management are two important methods of ensuring environmental sustainability. Solid waste management is connected to health, livelihoods, and the overall layout of the urban/rural landscape, hence how that waste is managed becomes a crucial point of discussion. Recycling is something everyone knows about, but the challenge comes during implementation. How recycling of waste can be made easier in a consumer-centric economy is a question to be answered.
With a boost in mass tourism, more and more fragile, pristine and undisturbed natural areas are under the threat of being exploited. While tourism leads to economic growth, it also leads to exploitation of natural resources. It is imperative to find sustainable ways to protect natural resources while letting tourism boom.
Restoring Dis-empowered Lives
Women, children and transgenders constitute vital present and future social capital of the country. Yet, a large number of them still remain at risk of exploitation, discrimination and trafficking. Restoring lives of those affected by these evils and helping them lead respectable lives is an important task.
The search for means to earn ones livelihood causes people to migrate from one place to another. In this process the workers face many hurdles. The work as well as living conditions for many migrant workers isn't good and the task at hand is improving the quality of their lives.
Historically, rural women are strong and purposeful citizens whose development has been hindered by inequality, abuse and lack of opportunities. To build a stronger community, these women have to be empowered and given equal opportunities.
Strengthening the Rural Grassroots
More than 70% people live in rural India and contribute significantly to the country in a variety of ways such as agriculture, micro-enterprises, crafts, etc. Yet, they are plagued by many problems due to which they remain marginalized and poor. There is lack of infrastructure and market linkages. Building sustainable solutions to overcome these problems is the need of the hour.
Employment of youth and India's skilled and unskilled workers poses an issue. Uncovering disguised unemployment and providing access to jobs to those ready to work is an issue to be tackled. Apart from this, a large proportion of the employable workforce doesn't have skills needed for the jobs of today. Basic upskilling becomes very important in such situations to help people unlock their true potential.
Building the Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs
Youth are the backbone of the country and many are driving transformational social changes in fields like education, health and environment. It is important to help them channelize their work to ensure efficient output. In case of social ventures, right guidance and mentoring at the initial stages is necessary for ensuring that these enterprises do not die an early death and reach their full potential. Mentoring and consulting is also needed for achieving social impact goals effectively and maximizing return on social investment. The need of the hour is to find effective solutions for helping social entrepreneurs build lasting social ventures .
Skilling for Inclusion
Though the number of people below the poverty line in India is steadily decreasing, around 50 million people still live in extreme poverty. To address this problem, it is essential to link learning and vocational training with the need of the labour market, and public private partnership may help achieve this goal.
Specially-abled people usually face difficulties finding employment and one of the biggest reasons for that is the lack of facilities available to them. To help them transform their life and attain financial independence, it is important to provide job oriented training that matches the demands of the industry.