To a person who is thirsty, water is most important. To a person deprived of food, their bodies crave food. To a person exposed to the cold, they dream of warmth. These necessities of the body are paralleled by a need for nourishment of the mind: education.
The Indian government recognized the fundamental need for all children to be educated, as seen in the Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2010. Yet, the reality is that many children do not have this opportunity to attend school. Vision India’s school, Shema Public School, is a response to these needs.
Indeed, the needs in Odisha among Tribal people are immense. Southern Odisha
has the highest rates of poverty among rural regions in India, especially among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. They contend with a range of problems associated with poverty such as malnutrition, scant access to healthcare, high rates of maternal mortality, lack of clean water and poor sanitation (Balgir, 2006).Odisha is also a place where the caste system enables social hierarchy, discrimination and exclusion to be rampant, with the upper caste dominating politics, economics and land control (Misha, 2011). Thankfully, education goes beyond these conditions. As Horace Mann once said “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” The transformative effects of education are captured by Nelson Mandela who said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Tammy Williams, Aftercare Consultant for South Asia
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Dear Chandra Sekhar:
Thank you for your email informing us of your ten years of ministry in Odisha and the souvenir book you are wanting to publish. I commend you in what you have achieved so far as you and your wife work together to make an impact on the lives of people in Odisha and North India. It is great to hear about the more than thirty churches Vision India has planted and the school you have begun. Education and healthcare are major factors necessary in uplifting people globally and as you minister to those you have been called to work amongst, may you see the Lord’s abundant blessing and faithful provision in all things! Above all, seek to serve our Lord in spirit and in truth. I wish you every blessing in Christ.
Dr Ian Payne,
Principal, SAIACS, Bangalore, India.