In public schools, classes are taught in Telugu, the local language, while in private schools, all subjects are taught in English. Although Children attending private schools speak Telugu in their daily lives, they have a great deal of anxiety about Telugu classes because they take all classes in English at private school. Also, some children were hesitant to move to a private school because of the after-school activities and other activities offered in private schools compared to those offered in public schools. Changing school and related environment can be very stressful for children.
What we can do?
The busy season of cotton seed cultivation and increased income for parents was an opportunity for children to return to school. SPEED continues to make daily rounds of the village to persuade children and their parents to attend school.
In addition, children hold meetings as an activity of "child club", where they think about the problems and issues they face and solutions to the problems faced by other children. We are focusing on the empowerment of children's relationships by encouraging more interaction among children of various backgrounds than ever before. We hope that by creating an environment where children can talk about their problems and feelings, we can help alleviate some of their concerns about language and activities at school,
Thanks to these activities, over the past two months, 90 of the 100 children who were not attending school regularly have started attending again.
The PEACE India Project is continuing these steady activities, but we have yet to reach a fundamental solution to the problem. It is very frustrating to think about the children who have been caught up in the Corona disaster, and we are constantly searching for activities that can have a significant impacts so that all children can go to school.
ACE will continue to work effectively with SPEED, staying close to the voices of children and local people.
Your continued support would be greatly appreciated.