THE PROJECT IN BRIEF:

Responding to the learning needs of the of Santal girls and boys who are school drop-outs and provide them with skills and knowledge for future work insertion or re-insertion into formal education.

CONTEXT:

The current proposal deals with children that are among the most marginalized in one of the poorest area in the world. Children of the Santali villages in the area near Talit, West- Bengali (India) and in particular those belonging to minority groups as the Santal tribes have most school dropouts in the primary and middle school levels. Most of the children belong to excluded or vulnerable group

Their education suffers at the very early stages, which contribute to lead towards a state of marginalization and poverty. Parents are often not educated and they are not able to encourage the children to go to school. By leaving school, children miss a chance to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of a cycle of poverty: this situation is particularly critical for girls, whose early school leaving and illiterate rates double the ones of their peers.

Although the initiative is designed in favour of the most unprivileged Santali, we welcome children and young people of all social background. The Marist Brothers are currently working in the District of Burdwan where the Santali people live and our project is a way to live together. Most of the Christians are from the Santali tribal to whom the Marist work with since 2010 helping girls and boys dropouts or NEETS by giving them opportunities to re-enter in the education system or learn some skills in order to get a job.

 

AIM OF THE PROJECT:

The project “Education and training for Santal children and marginalised people” has the objective of providing the Santal communities near Talit (West Bengali), with skills and knowledge to be ready for work insertion or re-insertion into formal education. The project will take place at the Marist Community College in the village of Talit, where the Marist Brothers operate since 2010 helping girls and boys dropouts to learn basic literacy to re-enter formal education or acquire some skills in order to get a job. The center is very active for helping the population, in June 2021 we have implemented a distribution of food parcels, personal hygiene products and masks, being able to give a concrete help to more than 400 families and 4800 fragile people in situations of extreme difficulty due to COVID-19 (emergency project funded by Misean Cara). From 2013 we have three classes a week of: tailoring, computing and spoken English; the participation, that was a little irregular at the beginning, is now getting popular among the surroundings Santal villages of Talit, Jinguti, Novoghat, Bhora, Kamarpara, Bonpas, Ekpade, Burdwan, etc. With request that is growing, especially among girls. Tapping the potential of young Santal people has been central in the mission of our Brothers in Talit. Particular focus of their mission work is to address the learning needs of the Santali Tribe youth who are school drop-outs and provide them with skills for productive engagements for their future. The current initiative aims at offering new educational opportunities for drop-outs, neets and Santali excluded and vulnerable children with knowledge and skills to give them a new chance to re-enter formal education or enhance their future employability. Courses will be offered at the Community College in Talit, and students will be charged of minimum fees: The Admission Fee of every course will be 300 rupees (79 rupees is an Euro). The Monthly Fee of every course will be 150 rupees and it should be paid in the first week of every month. The classes of Mathematics and Bengali for the boys and girls of Secondary school will be free and won’t need Admission Fee. The finality to put some fees is in order to take more seriously the classes and the process of formation, boys-girls who are very poor will not pay any fee.

 

PROJECT MAIN FIGURES:

  • 120 students (50% boys and 50% girls) are trained on 5 different subjects: Mathematics, Tailoring, Computer class, English, Bengali language
  • pedagogical training delivered to 8 teachers to ensure preparation and alignment to quality standards and rights-based approach enhancing gender equality and combating discrimination
  • Delivery of 120 food parcels for the poor families of our students.