Education forms a foundation for progress of individuals. It is
instrumental in developing individuals to identify their potentials in an
increasingly challenging world that would support them to lead a
good life. Around 700 million people in India live in more than
600,000 villages. Many children in rural areas receive a very poor
level of education. More than fifty percent of children do not finish high
school. Even if they finish primary and secondary schooling many
promising students cannot pursue higher education due to lack of
fund or information on where to seek funding. These children leave
school for variety of reasons; many of them leave because their
families cannot afford and that they can work in the fields; where they
can earn for the family;some leave because of lack of interest. As
these children grow into adults, many are still illiterate by the age of
forty. These adults, since are not aware of the importance of
education are reluctant to send their own children to the school. This
continues for the next generation.
How can we bring a change in the current system? This was the
question asked by a group of college friends who were born and
bought up in this system, but, finished high school and graduated
and well-employed. They did not want to stick to asking intellectual
questions about the things that are not happening in India’s
countryside, rather, they decided to concentrate on things that can
bring even small changes, which may help to foster education of
rural children. That is how the SAMATVA (meaning, towards equality)
was born. SAMATVA determined to achieve its goals by keeping
constant touch with its children by Samatva Monitoring Committee.
When did it start?
The trust was started on 1st June 2002. Initially, an opportunity was
created for five rural children who were interested in higher studies,
but had no financial support or facilities for higher education in their
villages. Samatva Trust was officially registered in 2005 in India, and in 2015 it was granted tax-exempt nonprofit organization status, 501(c)(3), by the US Internal Revenue Service.