Many thousands of people live in Jagatpura, one of Jaipur’s poorest slum and as is the case in many of them in India, it has no electricity or drainage system, nor a community health center or a proper place for children to play.
Residents are generally uneducated and are either unemployed or work as unskilled laborers like rickshaw pullers. Because of the very high illiteracy levels among adults and children, one of the biggest challenges is education. As a volunteer on this project, you’ll be helping to school these underprivileged youngsters and give them a brighter future.
Though there is an educational facility in the slum, attendance numbers are low as many children are sent out by their families to work. Access to basic education is even more limited for girls, who are often forced into arranged marriages or kept home to look after their younger siblings while the parents work.
This project targets children who don’t attend school as well as those who have dropped out, with the aim of enrolling these youngsters in school by motivating parents and encouraging their support. So while the focus is on children, volunteers will work with the entire community to ensure the sustainability of the project.
The project operates out of a small community center set up by an NGO called Saarthak. It is here that community meetings are held to create awareness around the importance of education and to motivate parents to send their children to school.
The center also provides basic education to children from the slum so that they can enroll in a government school when the time comes. Students are taught basic English and Maths skills, among others, in preparation for further, formal education.