21st Century India, with its increasing young population aspires to be world leader. To achieve this goal, functional literacy even at the grass root levels, is the only possible path.
The state of education in the country is abysmal to say the least. According to Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) released by UNESCO, India has made an headway in improving access to education, but it has the highest number of adult illiterates in the world. This has been identified as the DRAG FACTOR.
Various reports published on the state of education has questioned the quality of education and learning gaps. India is facing extensive learning crisis, which could be addressed only through focused and sustained engagement with schools. ALIG has identified Education as one of the focus areas.
India has the highest number of young population in the world and focusing on their health and well being is imperative. Sizable number of adolescents suffer from health impacting behaviours and conditions that requires urgent attention.
Adolescent is a critical phase of life which brings major physiological, psychological and behavioural changes.
This is a high-risk population prone to substance abuse, high risk sexual behaviours, injury, violence etc. It is crucial to understand the health problems of this sizable population and work closely with them. This is the reason, ALIG has identified it as a focus area.
Skill building, and training is an important tool to build the efficiency and quality of services and economic growth. India is one of the youngest nations in the world and with majority of its population in the working age group.
Given the present demography, India has the potential to become hub for skilled human resource. Skill training is important as increasing pace of globalization and technological changes are taking place world over.
Skill building is also an instrument to empower the individual and improve their social acceptance.