Sundari, Block Bhabani, Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh | Javed Ansari
In 2010 and 63 years after independence, India became one of 135 countries to make education the fundamental right of every child by passing the Right to Education Act. Better late than never? Not in small villages like Sundari, where kids carry firewood, tend to goats or just play all day. There is no primary school for the 30-odd children in Sundari, and the next one is more than 3 km away. "If there is no school, what else can they do but graze cows or -sit at home and do nothing"? says one frustrated villager.
Lack of smartphones is one of the major factors why primary students in India are not able to take regular online classes and are forgetting the habit of going to school, take classes and make education a part of their lives.