Knowledge, since time immemorial, has been sought after. It is what made Homo sapien the man he is today. It had been for long, a privilege reserved for those higher in the society's hierarchy.
Today education isn't a matter of social status but it is a necessary tool. Fortunately, our government realizes the true might of the pen.
The Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 has inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India, declaring free and compulsory education as a fundamental right to all children in the age group of six to fourteen years. Article 21-A and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Children Education (RTE) Act came into force on 1 April 2010.
Kennedy's words make one ponder if education is solely the government's responsibility. Education makes one empowered to bring change, give back to society as well as the environment.
E-learning is a blooming platform for delivering diverse, updated, and accessible education to as many as possible. It stands as an example of the optimistic future one can offer with a modicum of knowledge and the right kind of tools.
This leads to our prime concern if E-learning can be equated with the RTE Act? Both stands for a similar goal of educating except the RTE Act is government-monitored, hence, each and every step has to be carefully analyzed before execution. E-learning on the other hand, is a platform that invites and offers sources of education (free or most reasonably priced).
The integration of EdTech into E-learning has helped facilitate the goal of making the academic content comprehensive, engaging and available. The student from any arena of academics can surf on the specific platform to resolve his/her doubts. Certain E-learning platforms provide life-time access to paid courses. This is advantageous to those who have a thirst for knowledge but limited time. Such busy-bees can log on to the website/application whenever they feel like.
E-learning has also opened up job opportunities for young adults. Many EdTech initiatives have mushroomed which require (and hire) educators, web-developers, marketing managers, publicist, content writers, telemarketers, copywriters, accountants and the list goes on.
This is beneficial because expertise comes with experience and the intern, full-time, part-time, work-from-home job opportunities expose the youth to a lot of wonderful ideas and knowledge about their personal interests regarding their future vocation.
A major reason behind E-learning being a trustworthy option is that the workforce is usually the alumni from educational institutes who have potential and most importantly, intention to change the things they think will give positive results.
Right to Education Act cannot be juxtaposed with E-learning but they form a synergy which is helping the children to achieve their dream of "Chill and Skill" by allowing government-aided option to attend schools and sharpen the knowledge gained in a classroom by E-learning tools.
Be the change you want to see in the world.Mahatma Gandhi
Education should be a fundamental right for all age groups. Although, this is not practically feasible for a nation with a population of 1.36 Crore.
Yet E-learning has paved the way to fully accomplish the goals of the RTE Act.