Tuition classes for Migrant Children
MWSN has started Tuition classes for Migrant Children in Delhi, Bangalore, and various parts of Kolkata and Bengal. We have started regular tuition in bastis in South Delhi and outer Bangalore. We are also reaching out to several school students in various parts of Kolkata and other districts of West Bengal. We have also started community libraries in some of these locations. The tuition centers and the library are helping students in gaining confidence outside the network of private coaching centers. Keeping in mind the co-curricular interests of students, several field trips, film screenings, and sporting events have also been organized by our volunteers. Enthusiastic youths from local regions have also joined us in mentoring the students from their regions. Different students from colleges and universities are contributing to these efforts by giving their time and labor in these coaching centers.
One of the most neglected aspects of a migrant's life is migrant children. The world of a migrant child is far more tragic than we can imagine. Migrant child in India goes through severe levels of risk, pain, loss, and trauma almost on a daily basis, yet they cope up with the challenges of their everyday life with grace and smile. The condition of migrant children in the entire episode of migrant workers walking back to their home states after the declaration of lockdown too went unnoticed. The events of March 2020 lead to large-scale displacement and drop-out of lakhs of migrant students from the education system. Our own experience has testified numerous cases where school students have lost track of their learning and growth altogether and have been pushed into child labor. The mainstream narrative about the reopening of schools has mostly been centered around the needs of urban-elite schools.
The Constitution of India guarantees all children certain rights, the Right to free and compulsory elementary education for all children (including migrant children) in the 6-14 year age group (Article 21 A). It guarantees the right to be protected from any hazardous employment till the age of 14 years (Article 24). All these provisions become hollow and flamboyant claims when it comes to realistically addressing the needs of underprivileged children. The New Education Policy 2020 declared after the lockdown remains criminally silent about the future of education of children of Migrant Workers in India.
Within our limited resources and capacity, we are aiming to compensate for the loss suffered by these children during the lockdown. The promises of online education in NEP 2020 have nothing to offer to the children of migrant workers. It demands well-intentioned, well thought, large-scale policy intervention from the side of the government which can ensure better institutional access to education for these children. Alongside advocating for such institutional mechanisms we are looking forward to creating a network of remedial classes and tuition in different urban regions. We request the student-youth section to come forward and contribute to these initiatives by giving their time and labor.
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