At the time of writing, there are an estimated 10 million NGOs (non-governmental organizations) operating worldwide. An NGO is a non-profit organization that works independently of any government, carrying out a wide range of activities for the benefit of underprivileged people and society at large.
There are more than 600,000 NGOs in Australia whose employees make up 8% of the country’s workforce whereas in India there is an NGO for every 400 people. (3.3 million approx.)
NGOs are also strengthening today’s education system in various parts of the world; since they are independent of the government, they are free of any education system/board, which has proven to be a blessing.
Foundations working for education (ex: Oxfam) play an important role in supporting the most vulnerable children access their Right to Education.
Why are NGOs necessary?
NGOs are important for providing education, especially in countries where not everyone has access to education, due to either “tradition” or lack of funds.
Therefore, they help provide these people with the education they need in order to live a happy life, the government also supports NGOs with various schemes.
NGOs generally identify the most vulnerable children and help enroll them in schools under the Right to Education Act. Oxfam, for example, also provides gap classes for students who have missed a few years.
How do NGOs Work
NGOs take up and execute projects to promote welfare of the community they work with. Different types of NGOs exist which deal with different aspects and sectors of society, including community based, civil society, environmental, educational, etc.
NGOs are funded through membership dues, the sale of certain goods and services, however most of their funding comes from philanthropic foundations, donations and grants from local and federal agencies/private companies.
Such organizations seek out people who need help as well as people who want to help the less fortunate, hiring as well as working with these people for the benefit of everyone.
Here I am mentioning a few notable NGOs, along with that there are links present where you can donate to them, even a little makes a difference.
Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. It is the largest NGO in the world. Apart from Bangladesh, BRAC is present in 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and America. As of the end of 2012, it had more than 22,700 non-formal primary schools with a combined enrolment of 670,000 children
Mercy Corps is Global Non-governmental, Humanitarian Aid organization. The organization has claimed to have aided over 220 million people to survive conflicts, seek improvement, deliver development, etc.
Mercy Corps’ SAFE (abbreviation of Supporting Adolescent Girls’ Future through Second Chance Education) School program helps adolescent girls from vulnerable households get admitted to schools.
Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organizations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, led by Oxfam International. It is a major nonprofit group with an extensive collection of operations. Oxfam has several Education programs and runs its own bookstores.
World Vision International
World Vision International is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. It prefers to present itself as interdenominational and also employs staff from non-evangelical Christian denominations.
World Vision runs a child sponsorship program that aims to help needy children, families, and communities access clean drinking water, sanitation, education, skills for future livelihood.
NGOs use a lot of different and innovative ways to provide education. Apart from enrolling children in school, they hold regular counselling sessions to encourage parents to send their kids to school.
Oxfam, for example, also has management committees made of teachers, students, and parents. This committee helps take accountability in children and school’s development and also hold skill-development workshops.
They also follow a few more strategies such as supporting paid volunteers from the communities in order to check the dropping out of children; providing in-service training to teachers; or supporting the management of schools.
Most of these are carried out on the basis of a formal agreement with the state governments.
NGOs provide opportunities and help people who cannot help themselves. They not only provide education but, at large, give someone a new lease on their life.
The sheer number of NGOs implies that there are people who care. People who are willing to do something for others and not expect much in return. With the right support from the privileged, these NGOs get to continue doing what they are doing.
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