That is precisely what I have been struggling with for sometime now – ‘probability’ and ‘possibility’ of our choice. Is it always black and white or a possibility of grey area existing?
If we go by the definition ‘possibility’ and ‘probability’ seems to be mere synonyms of each other – ‘A thing that may happen or be the case’. But is there a fine line between what the ‘possibility’ and ‘probability’ outcome would be when it comes to the choices we make in life?
Let’s take the case of a school where the characteristic is to provide ‘education’ that aims to empower a child. Education is not a privilege but a right. Yet, what is the probability that he or she will be successful in life or rather is it possible for a student with education to be successful in life. In the Indian context the struggle continues to achieve education-for-all. And this is where the ‘possibility’ or the ‘probability’ of educating India is the question to be answered.
“More boys than girls are dropping out of the schools in India. As against 39% boys who dropped out before completing elementary education in 2013-14, only 33% girls did so, says the latest statistics of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD).”
Poor academic performance, lack of interest in studies and need for employment to support family could be prime reasons, say experts. Is lack of motivation driving their choices or is it the circumstances that are increasing the dropout rates?
We get to see and hear more initiatives on skills training, technology in education, teachers training which are all current talk of the hour to bridge the gap in educating young India. Have we questioned the children, what changes they want? Or rather how children envision education for themselves? What choices have we offered them in terms of education?
There is a possibility a child would get access to education but what is the probability that he is learning?
As Nassim Nicholas Taleb once said,“Probability is not a mere computation of odds on the dice or more complicated variants; it is the acceptance of the lack of certainty in our knowledge and the development of methods for dealing with our ignorance.”
Are we failing to look through the fine lines here again as we keep walking along the other fault lines? – To see the young minds dream a new dream and see young India educate.
Education system in India is much diverse and complex, ‘one size fits all’ does not work and one solution fails to address all the challenges that are very much extant. There are many new initiatives being taken by existing and upcoming Social Enterprises, NGOs, and Government. Everybody is doing good work, yet there is a possibility to do great work. No one organization can bring the changes alone. This Independence Day, let’s collaborate to achieve this together in leading a movement towards a new young India. It is time to come together in creating a whole new education ecosystem.A need for collective impact in education to align all verticals to bring out an holistic approach towards bridging the various gaps that exists.
My search for a marvel phenomenon in education starts with building a cross-sector collaboration, to solve the challenges of education in our country where the ‘possibility’ and ‘probability’ cease to exist into a more concrete achievement.
What do you think?