School Centre at Daneshwar

School Project of the Fair Childhood Trust in Rajasthan
2012.10.27 BP 176

In Rajasthan, a poor state south of Delhi, people live in many regions of the natural stone. One of these regions is the Bundi district, about 200 kilometers south of the state capital Jaipur. Here, many migrant workers have settled with their families and children, mostly Dalits, untouchables. Their children are not welcome in the schools of the neighboring villages. In many cases the authorities deny these children with flimsy arguments the school visit. Despite the prohibition more than 60 years ago, the caste society continues to exist. The result: There is a serious dropout problem and many children who do not attend the school, but work with the parents in the quarries.




2012.09.29 BP 296

In Rajasthan, a poor state south of Delhi, people live in many regions of the natural stone. One of these regions is the Bundi district, about 200 kilometers south of the state capital Jaipur. Here, many migrant workers have settled with their families and children, mostly Dalits, untouchables. Their children are not welcome in the schools of the neighboring villages. In many cases the authorities deny these children with flimsy arguments the school visit. Despite the prohibition more than 60 years ago, the caste society continues to exist. The result: There is a serious dropout problem and many children who do not attend the school, but work with the parents in the quarries.



The main objective of the project is to enable the children of the expatriate to get to school. Because of the need and the hard life in the quarry, the parents have other worries than to look after the education of their offspring. Especially since most adults did not attend school. They are not aware of the importance of education. For this reason, mothers and fathers must first be sensitized. They must recognize that their children have rights – rights to protection and care, to health care, to schooling, which ultimately benefits the family.

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Actions and objectives of the project:
• the children of the migrant workers are offered a school offer in the immediate vicinity of the stone quarry settlement;
• raise awareness of the rights of their children, to support them and to enable them to attend the school;
• the quarries included in the project become “child-free zones”;
• the children of migrant workers visit a school for the first time or are reintegrated;
• Quarry workers will be informed of their rights and learn to demand them;
• the establishment of trade union structures is designed to permanently improve working and living conditions in quarries.

GEW-Stiftung Fair Childhood
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