Education is a Universal Right

Calcutta Connect believes that every child and young person has a right to education no matter what their background and given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The numbers of children in school in India have risen in recent years, but despite the improvement of the numbers enrolled in school there are a number of worrying statistics regarding education in India. The UNESCO 2015 Report on Global Education states that India is home to the largest number of out school adolescents in the world with 16 million out of school.

Those from poor communities are most prone to drop out of school due to family’s economic situation, early marriage, poor standards of education and a lack of value of education being common causes of resulting in drop out figures. Providing quality pre-primary education as well as on going monitoring and support of students once they are enrolled in government schools is recognised as a method of providing children with their best opportunity to complete their education and make brighter futures for themselves and their families by breaking the cycle of poverty.

The Importance of Education in India


The number of children who have dropped out of school by the age of 14


The number of students who never complete their secondary education in India


The number of children who don’t receive a pre-primary education

Children with a parent who has completed their secondary education are twice as likely to complete their own education

Children who can read words and sentences fleuntly by the age of 8 are 70% more likely to complete their education

Children from larger families are much less likely to complete their education.

Difficulty in Completing Education

In India 36% of students have dropped out of school by the age of 14 and 60% dropped out by the age of 16 making India home to the largest number of out-of-school adolescents in the world. This number increases greatly in underprivileged communities where there are often a great number reasons which cause children to drop out of school.

In these communities boys drop out of school due to pressure from family members to become involved in the family business or to get a job to supplement the family income, boys living in urban areas are often much more prone to becoming involved in anti-social activities which cause them to leave school. Girls however face the greatest obstacles in completing their education due to traditional attitudes towards girls education, early marriage, having to take care of younger siblings and undertaking household chores. The cost of education is often a determining  factor in in causing young people to drop out of school in poorer communities with families unable to afford the rising costs in the latter stages of education.