- Mahak Jain
Ramesh Chaurasia: Education is the key to unlock doors to a bright future
Education is the foundation of a well-functioning society. Education is important for society as a whole but it is crucial for underprivileged sections of the society since it is the only way for them to rise on the social ladder and live a comfortable life. Children’s education is the most important thing for many segments because it is only through good education that they can find better jobs and step out of poverty. The Akhil Bharatiya Adarsh Chaurasia Mahasabha is an organization that works proactively to ensure that all children from underprivileged sections of the Chaurasia community are provided with the best education and resources.
Mr Ramesh Lakhulal Chaurasia is the national president of the organization and he is the kind of leader who works on the ground with their team and not just inside an office. He likes to get involved with the work and actively works to develop and start initiatives for the welfare of all underprivileged sections of society. It is his goal to bring the Chaurasia-Tamboli community together so that they can progress and move forward at a fast pace with the fast-moving world.
We spoke to Mr Ramesh Chaurasia and asked him what drives him to do his work for children. He said, “I believe that children need the most care in society because they are the most delicate and vulnerable. Their minds are sensitive and they are curious by nature. If all children get good guidance from an early age, they are bound to do wonders in something or the other. I believe each child is special and has endless potential to achieve great heights for themselves. The more children are loved, guided and supported, the more they will grow as confident and happy individuals. Unfortunately, if you look at the lives of children from marginalized communities, the picture is not so bright. A lot of small children are forced into labour because their parents cannot afford to send them to school or get resources for education. We are trying to help more children go to school and share free resources for education like books and stationery so that they can get educated like the rest of the children. Our team plans to conduct distribution drives were books and study material is distributed to children at the end of each academic year.”
In a 2014 report by the school the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) it was revealed that 32 million children below the age of 13 have never been to school. Most of these children were from underprivileged sections of various communities. Although free primary education and mid-day meals are provided to children, it is not enough to pull most of the children to schools. Children have a thirst to learn and they need a positive environment for learning. It is often observed that the household environment in poverty-stricken homes is quite stressful. The awareness among parents is low when it comes to parenting and educating children. If this is changed and dealt with positively, millions of children will be able to study better and grow up to be successful citizens.
“We have launched a free E-Library and portal where we have offered a great amount of study material for all classes and education levels. This E-Library is accessible to all members of the community. We have also started an initiative under which all children who finish a class, give their books to new students who are starting the academic year. This reduces a lot of burden on parents who cannot afford to buy new books for their children. We also ensure that regular counselling sessions are organized for both the kids and their parents. Parents are made aware of the potential that their children have.
They are motivated to educate their children so that they can escape the vicious cycle of poverty and all the problems that come with it. Our efforts are showing results as more children can deal with problems related to education through our counselling sessions and camps. We hope to reach a point where we can achieve 100% education for all children.” – Mr Ramesh Chaurasia talked about the initiatives of their organization. Mr Ramesh Chaurasia is a businessman, philanthropist and social worker who has a vision of helping all sections of the Chaurasia-Tamboli community. His vision is to elevate all sections of society and bring them to a point where they can live happily and prosper.