This project will help 100 of Kolkata‚Äôs out-of-school children, who are working in hazardous occupations, with the extra support they need to access government schools in their area.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (SC029591)
This is will be done through two education camps (run from June 09-May 10) which will provide intensive academic support to children over the coming academic year. The camps are located near a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the city, where children are involved in sorting litter, and a poverty stricken slum where people earn their living making shoes. Here the children help to cut leather and rubber straps to make sandals. A lack of access to education puts children at a long term disadvantage that lasts into adulthood. It contributes to them being more poorly nourished, having reduced access to healthcare services, having low self-esteem and a lack of employment options that might enable them to improve the economic situation of themselves and their families. This project is very cost effective and has sustainable outcomes, as it seeks to complement rather than duplicate state provision. With intensive academic support, in the past we have been able to get the vast majority of the children into age-appropriate classes in local schools within just 12 months. At the end of the academic year, the children admitted into local schools will be affiliated to local coaching centres, giving them the help they need to keep up with their peers and remain motivated about the benefits of getting an education. This project involves working closely alongside parents, children, local employers, community leaders, teachers and the wider community to make sure that all involved are fully aware of the benefits connected to children going to school. The project‚Äôs community based teachers will then provide the children with the academic support and counselling they need in order to be equipped to attend mainstream schools. This cost of this project for the year is ¬£15,803. The funding shortfall for this project year is ¬£3,950. Because of the ongoing need, we aim to provide these services for new children year on year, until it is no longer necessary. Therefore, if possible, multi-year funding would be very welcome.
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