Illiteracy is a wide-spread phenomenon in India and in Bangladesh. While there exist marked regional differences - less than 10% illiterates in Kerala, but more than 60% in Bihar -, the percentage of illiterates is particularly high among adivasi, scheduled castes as well as women. Frequently, members of these groups are not allowed to go to school even where schools are available, or girls go to school for a few years only. In rural areas, not only basic education is deficient But, in particular, vocational training for young people is practically nonexistent.
In the field of education, we support projects of non-formal education to enable groups which, until now, did not have access to formal schooling to enjoy school education. There are projects to prepare children to be reintegrate into the normal school system after they had stopped going to school because they had to enter service as child workers. We also prepare projects to promote adult education.
A further focus of our work is on vocational training. Target groups are underprivileged young people from poor families who, in most cases, did not finish primary school. Particularly the training of girls is being supported. During the planning phase, we and our project partners are examining the local market situation because the best training is wasted if there is no need for people trained on the local labour market. Depending on the target group and on the particular economic and socio-cultural environment, our projects do follow very different concepts.
With 60 € a child, which had to help earning the family’s livelihood, can start going to school.