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Masti Ki Pathshala

Gujarat

Education Human Welfare Nutrition Ongoing

Objective

To provide basic education to children of migrant labourers, through different modes of teaching.

Why did we do it?

The area between Killa-Pardi and Kaprada (Gujarat) is a stretch of almost 40 kms. One of the major occupations in this belt is brick making. On our visits, we have seen and interacted with migrant labourers who work in these units for 6-8 months every year to make bricks which are used in construction. These labourers come from remote villages which are far from their workplace and hence live in temporary plastic/bamboo structures without access to basic amenities such as electricity, road, water, healthcare and education. Hundreds of such families visit this area to earn a living every year and while the parents are working, the children stay in these temporary hamlets losing out on education for the better part of the year, and eventually getting detached from the education system completely.

What did we do?

We have undertaken detailed surveys and identified 5 brick making units where we have initiated a basic education program. The curriculum includes play, aspects of health and hygiene, value education and a nutritious snack. The sessions are held at the brick making units itself and the teachers have been identified from neighbouring villages. Methods of teaching include art, craft, painting, storytelling, role play, puzzles, blocks and games.

Outcome

Now in its third year, this program caters to 200+ children. We hope that it will continue to keep the children  curious about formal education and enrol into school, at the first available opportunity.