India is currently facing one of the worst educational crises in the world. Over 17.7 million children are out of school. Illiteracy levels are as high as 40% and the foundation to improve these abysmal numbers appear lacking. Classrooms are understaffed. Teachers are not engaged so only 50% are teaching at any given time.
According to Pratham’s Annual Education Report for rural India, enrollment in at schools is over 96% because of the free mid-day meal, however after three years at school, over 60% of the children still cannot read.