The project will conduct coaching class for 3 years for 40 Nomadic Narikurava Gypsy children in Devarayaneri habitat, Trichirappalli who consider education unimportant. The elders who have not crossed 8th standard or illiterates could not/do not support the children in their studies. Hence children also drop out after 5th standard and get married before 18. The coaching class will motivate the children to continue their studies and thus prevent the children from the abuse of early marriages.
Education is considered less important for the Nomadic Narikuravar children in Devarayaneri habitat of Trichirappalli, especially the girl children. The elders think that education will spoil the girls as it will expand their horizons of thinking and knowledge. Hence the girls are stopped from going to schools as soon as they attain puberty or as they cross their 8th standard. Among the boys, only a few go to high school. To ensure marriage in same community, children are married at an early age
The 40 narikuravar children will be motivated to continue their high education. Coaching classes will be conducted by two teachers and the children will be trained in chapters and subjects in which they are weak. The children will be motivated to participate in 2 programmes each year to bring out their inner talents. They will be taken to an exposure trip each year. Motivational programmes will be conducted for the children and their parents.
By improving the educational opportunities for the children and by developing their skills they are allowed to make decisions and influence community to change in key areas. In turn this will have a positive impact on the most profound issues of the community: lack of education and early marriages.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
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