It is a great challenge to break the vicious circle of poverty. Experience has shown that lasting and sustainable aid creates opportunities for the people affected to successfully achieve that.
A solid and comprehensive school education is the foundation for an autonomous life – and that is exactly where The India School Project comes in!
Poverty in India
Whilst I had a right to education as a child, this cannot be taken for granted in West Bengal in India. Only about 45 out of a total of 5200 children in the region of the project attend secondary school.
The cast system (a hierarchical structure of societal groups) also plays a major role, whereby more than 50% of all village residents belong to the “backward classes”. The resulting negative effects, such as exploitation, child labour and poor earning potential, contribute to the increasing poverty of the subsequent generation.
Poor quality of schools
A further weighty factor in diminishing the children’s opportunity of having a humane future is the poor quality of the schools.
Both teaching staff and teaching materials are lacking. Teachers often fail to turn up for their lessons and therefore many parents cannot see the point in sending their children to school. After all, the devastating poverty means that they depend on as many family members as possible working to contribute towards their sustenance.