Rekha Wazir. The Gender Gap in Basic Education: NGOs as Change Agents. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2000. Indian Rs 225.00 (Paper), Rs 395.00 (Cloth) 286 pages.

Rashida Haq


In the Constitution of India in 1951 it was set out that… “the
State shall endeavour to provide within a period of ten years from the
commencement of this Constitution, for free and compulsory education for
all children until they complete the age of fourteen years”. But at the
turn of the century nearly 424 million are still illiterate while it is
estimated that nearly 35 million children in the age of 6-10 years age
group are still out of school. The statistics for female education make
even more dismal reading. Although the field of education is considered
to be the prime responsibility of the State yet there is mushrooming
growth of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The impact of these
NGOs is rarely reflected in overall educational performance and their
approach is seldom transferred to the mainstream.

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