Mass Education is working in West Bengal and other Eastern States of India covering 300 villages with the activities like child protections to provide basic education, health & sanitation, environment improvement through livelihood development training & support activities, empowering youths, women and net working formulation of people’s organization.
To formulate integrated programmes for effective mobilisation of human and natural resources for empowering to the poor of urban and rural areas towards sustainable development.
To raise and create awareness and opportunities for providing basic human rights such as education, health, hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, water, infrastructure facilities, employment generation, waste management, social forestry, water management, capacity building and skill development training activities; ecological agriculture for food security in other words to ensure sustainable development.
Coordination and execution of development plans, projects and human rights issues with other NGOs and GOs at various levels throughout West Bengal and India and International NGOs, Human Rights organisations.
Mass Education was formed in the year 1976 and officially it was registered in 1978. Since the need for poverty alleviation of the poor in India was strongly felt in the post-emergency situation. Several young people joined hands together to form organisation for development activities to eradicate poverty. Since then, Mass Education played a vital role to promote development education and enriched the poor for sustainable developmental work.
The year 2009-10 has been encouraging for all the units of Mass Education to continue the activities of the previous year and also that has taken up more effective programmes in the rural areas to provide safe drinking water, sanitary latrines, social forestry, ecological agriculture and rainwater harvest activities for sustainable economy.
Importance of Mass Education
Education plays very important role in making democracy more meaningful and relevant. Education offers common knowledge to all the citizens of the country making them aware about their rights and duties.Education also helps citizens to develop common virtues important for integrative role in the social life.
In India at the time of independence the total literacy rate was as low as 12%.The 1951 census indicates that it increased to 15.99%.This figure indicated that mass education was unknown to Indian society and it was monopolized by upper castes and classes who used to get various government positions and perpetuate their domination. Indian educational system was greatly cultural focused and not linked to the Indian economy which was agricultural in nature.