Each School on Wheels project introduces education to the lives of approximately 125 children for the first time, seeks to enroll them into mainstream education and then keeps them there with follow up programmes. For 120/child/annum, the project provides literacy lessons, regular health checks at local hospitals, parent awareness meetings, preparation for children to enter local schools or special schools, after-school study classes and pastoral support to keep them in school.
Children and their families living and working on constructions sites or remote areas are forced to work long hours in hazardous jobs instead of being in mainstream education. Illnesses and accidents are common in these migrant communities. Even the most basic literacy skills help children to access knowledge and welfare services to which they are entitled. The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is forcing many children from poverty struck families out of school and back into work .
The project we support sends a bus, the "School on Wheels," to the fringes of society where underprivileged children live and work, based on the principle that if the children cannot go to school, then the school will go to them. Our Global Giving Project is raising funds to support School to mitigate the impact of the pandemic using a range of lateral strategies including emergency rations, Covid-19 awareness and new ways of teaching using digital resources and local bubbles.
Education remains the most critical path to social mobility. Breaking down the isolation, stigma and social exclusion faced by these children is essential to ensure they do not fall through the cracks of society. Access to educational opportunities enables the children to stand on their own feet, and to make a really positive contribution to their wider communities.