There are many drivers that force children into work and it is not just about earning money for the family. A big issue in Budhpura is the quality of the education, or lack of it. Classrooms are overcrowded, teachers are poorly trained and teaching and learning materials are absent. This not exactly the best incentive for parents to send their children to school. The kids are better of working, this is the mentality of some parents.
From 25 to 30 January 2016, 9 Education Volunteers, who are supporting the school teachers in Budhpura, and 2 Community Facilitators, who motivate parents in Budhpura to send their children to school, attended a training on interactive and child-friendly teaching and learning methods. They observed the teaching and learning activities at a Residential Learning Camp for out of school children and participated in training sessions on activity based learning, child friendly behavior of teachers and using local materials in the learning process. The training was facilitated by Seva Mandir, a NGO, based in Udaipur, with long-term experience and knowledge in education. This capacity building event will help in creating a more child friendly education environment in the project area where Manjari is working towards ‘child labour free zones’.
Hello, my name is Bram Callewier, Director at Stoneasy.com, a natural stone importer. Welcome to the first part of a 6 part blog series where we talk about child labour in the stone industry. Everyone involved in natural stone will have heard about how children are involved in its production. The truth is that yes, they are, and especially in certain activities such as cobble making. But what’s really happening in these remote parts of the world, far away from our professionally designed gardens, what’s the real story? This blog aims to educate people on the root causes of child labour and to share some of the truly inspiring community led projects, working tirelessly to tackle this and other related social issues. What you read won’t always be pretty, but we promise it will be the truth and we guarantee it will be written impartially.