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Project information

Educate Children Living in Rural Poverty

60% of children in these villages in rural Goa do not finish their education, with 35% dropping out before age 12. The reasons are poverty, lack of interest in educating children, and caste prejudice. We are working to address these causes and ensure these children enrol and stay in school.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: Karuna Trust

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  • Need


    60% of the children in these villages do not complete their education. These children are from oppressed caste and tribal backgrounds.
    Though education is the only way to transcend the cycle of grinding poverty which their families are trapped in, many factors prevent them from completing their schooling.

    These include terrible prejudice and discrimination, as well as unsupportive home environments, and parents who do not value education. The situation is particularly dire for the girls.


    The Karuna Trust are working with our local partner to make sure children enrol and remain in school.

    This requires engagement at every level, including: awareness raising campaigns for parents; study support for children from pre-school age; and vocational skills training and support for higher education (for older children).

    The main intervention is 2 hostels, which gives the 72 poorest children access to a supportive environment, good food and study support, near a good school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce the drop-out rate before age 10 from 20% to 5% by 2018.


    » Education awareness raising amongst all households in the communities where the project is focussed, including home visits.
    » Gatherings and street theatre for parents addressing key issues such as: the importance of education; hygiene; nutrition; and caste discrimination.
    » Village study classes teaching basic English language and other basic school subjects to children aged 3 to 9.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the attendance over the years.

    Aim 2

    Reduce the 14-16 age drop-out rate from 35% to 10% by 2018.


    » Village study classes for English and other syllabus subjects for 10-12 year olds.
    » Encouraging playful and enjoyable studying and learning methods.
    » Teacher training for study class teachers.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the attendance over the years.

    Aim 3

    100% of school leavers have knowledge, skills and motivation for further education or employment.


    » Career guidance workshops for 14-16 year olds.
    » Vocational skills training for 15-16 years olds.
    » Hostel accommodation for students studying at university or a technical college.
    » Parents meeting to raise awareness, discussing higher education, gender equality, and career opportunities for their children.

    What success will look like

    By conducting a survey of students as they leave and after they've left.

    Aim 4

    70% of children pass their secondary exams with an overall grade C or above.


    » Presentations to students from successful professionals who have uplifted themselves from marginalised communities (lawyers, doctors etc.)
    » Hostel facilities for the most marginalised boys and girls.
    » Gaining admission into local schools for hostel students.
    » Provision of study materials and resources (libraries, study materials, use of other learning facilities).

    What success will look like

    We will be monitoring children's exam results throughout the project cycle.

    Aim 5

    Due to higher then expected support we have decided to add another project in Kokan to the campaign


    » Raise school attendance of school aged children in the project focus area from 60% to 95% over five years.
    » Increase the number of girls continuing education beyond 7th standard within the project focus area from 15% to 70% over five years.
    » Increase the number of school aged children passing the basic learning capacity test in the project focus area from 15% to 85% over five years.

    What success will look like

  • Impact


    The project will mean a new generation of educated, informed and self-reliant children from this generation. They will not be bound to the degrading and abusive labour which is what restricts their parents. They will be confident, and not laden with a low self-view because of their caste identity.


    The project is entirely dependent upon the willingness of the local community to engage and participate. If the parents, local leaders or even the children decide they do not want to support the initiative, it would be difficult to achieve our aims.

    The project staff however, are experienced in engaging communities. Once it has been clearly explained and illustrated how the project will benefit the entire community, parents, teachers and community members, they will be supportive.


    We will report with 6-monthly and annual updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,395 Reduce under16 drop-out rate Village study classes, encouraging enjoyable learning, teacher training
      £19,005 70% pass with grade C minimum Hostel accommodation, facilitating school admission,study materials and resources, presentations
      £6,120 Konkan Project Medical camp, outreach, study support.
      £3,280 Admin costs UK Admin,Office costs
  • Background


    The project takes place across 15 villages in rural Goa. Here the practice of untouchability and caste discrimination is very prevalent - dominant caste children are still taught not to touch things that have been contaminated by untouchable children touching them.


    The beneficiaries come from dalit and tribal communities. They are landless labourers that live out lives of grinding poverty and extreme social exclusion. Most adults are illiterate and parents tend to put the children to work, and get them married, at a very young age. Instead, these children will be able to complete their education and escape the caste oppression which binds their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Karuna Trust has supporting grassroots Indian partners for over 30 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dharmachari Achaldhamma

    Project Co-ordinator

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