Strengthen the education of ethnic minority children

Main objective:

Strengthen access and quality of education for ethnic minority children living in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Context:

Government policies and decisions in areas where ethnic minorities live violate the right to education of children. Over the years, the government has prioritized the closure of primary schools in the villages and enrolled children in boarding schools far from their home villages and families. This situation has forced many children from ethnic minorities, especially girls, to drop out of school.

Nearly two out of every 10 ethnic minority girls drop out of school today. The lack of a system of
control and audit within schools, especially by the communities themselves, is one of the factors
explaining the lack of transparency and accountability of the authorities in education.

Project:

Launched in 2010, the project aims to promote the right to education, especially to tribal leaders and communities to respect the right to education of children from ethnic minorities. In particular, it encourages the strengthening of school committees. It supports the creation of children's clubs to improve school infrastructure and the local environment as well as new information and communication technologies. Finally, an important part of the project is the promotion and protection of the identity and culture of these ethnic minorities. In 2018, 1,511 children (50% girls), 22,951 adults (51% women), 112 teachers and 55 schools benefited from this project.

Partner:

Action Service in Rural Technologies

Project location / India, Andhra Pradesh State
Region / India, South Asia
Area / Access and quality of education
Duration / 2010 - 2020
The project covers / Children, young girls, and community members
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