Education is most important as it enables a child to realize his or her full potential; to think, question and judge independently; develop sense of self-respect, dignity and self-confidence; learn to love and respect fellow human beings and nature; in decision making; develop civic sense, citizenship and values of participatory democracy.
Girls are denied equal opportunities to attend and complete primary education.
Unmet challenges include the improvement of the quality of schooling.
India has the maximum number of 'out of school' children in the world.
Only 60% of Indian children (the total child population below 14 is 228 million) reach grade V, and many of those 'completing' primary school cannot read or write.