Ensuring quality education for children in Kaliyampoondi, Tamil Nadu

In India, access to education is a major problem and a major obstacle to securing children’s rights. Discrimination by the caste system and against women persists and is closing
Millions of young Indians from the education system.

Kaliyampoondi is located in the rural area, halfway between the more famous cities of Chennai and
Pondichery. It is a Panchayat, a grouping of 7 small places with severely disadvantaged
and marginalized tribes and castes. The main sources of income of these families are begging, astrology
and pottery.

Marriage is virtually inevitable for girls who drop out of school, regardless of age. The village
has around 60 children under the age of 5, 280 children between the ages of 6 and 14 and 450 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

Kallliyampoondi aims to become a “child-friendly village” – a village where 100% of the children are enrolled in school or can go to a special learning center. The community is committed to ensuring that the right to education is respected.

This program relies on several activities to ensure the result:
– Social mobilization
– Training courses and pleadings
– Special learning centers for children from 5 to 10 years and transition schools for young people from 14 to 18     years
– Expansion of the school infrastructure and the quality of education

The aim of this project is to ensure quality education for all children of the village and end child labor by transforming Kaliyampoondi into a child-friendly place with transition school/learning center thanks to community mobilization and child rights protection.

Project sponsor :     Humanium eV

Project partner:       Hand in Hand India

Funding year:          since 2021

Project No.:              140-21ro

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