If any nation, society or charitable institution is setting up a target to eradicate poverty then it should start it with providing the facility of free education. Education is the necessity, the key that will unlock the golden gates of the future. It empowers, enlightens people and enables them to understand the circumstances and take appropriate actions accordingly.
Its a well known thing that knowledge is power. If so much power and importance is invested in knowledge which can be gained through education then a civil society must see that all of their populations do have access to this empowering tool. To think that literacy rate in every society or country will remain cent percent is to wish for an ideal situation. But striving to achieve that target should not be forgotten for a second.
Its the poor people who remains deprived of education, as they are not allowed the circumstances in life to choose education. They have to work instead of going to school or letting their kids go to school. Fire of hunger definitely overpowers the fire of knowledge. How would they make their both ends meet is a bigger concern for them than
complete the schooling. The kids of the poor people also dont get the chance to choose the path of education as they too dont have that situation at home that they could afford education. It seems better to them to support the family instead of pursuing school. If free education is made available to them, then they will for sure be driven towards the path of education.
Some of these kids do the work of an adult to earn money to support the finances of the family. But lots of these poor children get diverted to anti-social activities. Some of them choose to work honestly but others choose to become small time thieves, pick- pockets. These small time crimes will lead them to do bigger and worse crimes later in life. So, its better to check these things at an early age. And it can be done through one way only: thats by providing free education.
A developing nation like India with over a billion population does need to act fast to provide free education to poor children. But the state administrations initiatives needs to be supported by charitable organizations or by some other noble way to establish more and more schools where free education is made available to the deprived children.