In the words of W.B. Yeats,
“Learning is not the filling of a pail, but lightening of a fire.”
A nation’s growth and prosperity rely on the development of its future generation through a vibrant education system. Elementary education refers to the stage of formal education where learners learn how to think rather than gaining information about new facts. Elementary education does not require any prior formal education. It begins at the age of 6 years from grade 1 and lasts till age 11 at grade 5. It offers learners basic knowledge about various subjects and fosters their learning process.
Structure of Elementary Education in India
The elementary education structure of India consists of private schools, state-funded schools, and semi-aided schools. In India, elementary education is a five-year cycle from the first standard to the fifth standard. Despite the measures being taken by the government to offer free and compulsory education, elementary education continues to pose a challenge. As per law, many children are still being denied this fundamental right.
Aims of Elementary Education in India
The main aims of elementary education in India are as follows:
- It aims to give the learner an individual identity.
- It aims to foster the all-round development of all learners.
- It aims to facilitate the harmonious and successful development of the children.
- It aims to make the children ready for future responsibilities, experiences, and opportunities in adult life.
- It aims to foster the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of learners in school and society.
- It emphasizes the acquisition of basic reading, arithmetic, and literacy skills.
- It aims to instill and enhance the development of life skills of the learners so that they can be responsible citizens.
Objectives of Elementary Education in India
The main objective of elementary education in India in the present and for the future is to develop the children to become highly literate so that they can utilize the information they have learned and the knowledge they have gained effectively. It also hopes to enable children to be able to communicate effectively and make informed decisions so that they can adapt to the various changes taking place in the world.
The modern age is characterized by technological advancements and globalization due to which, preparing children for a digital future is highly necessary. Schools must take an initiative for the same while also aiming to preserve Indian culture.