Regions: Africa   Asia   Latin America

Name of Organization: Arunodhaya Center for Street and Working Children

Country: India

Project Title: "Community Participation in Child Laborer's Education and Elimination"

Project Timeframe: 24 Months

Location of Project: Zone 1 and Zone 2, North Chennai

Budget Amount: $75,000

NGO contact and website:
Ms. Virgil D. Sami
15 Baazar St., Chennai-600 013
Office: 91-44-25902283

Project's Primary Objective: Objective # 2 – Strengthening Formal and Informal Educational System

Description of Organization: Arunodhaya Center for street and working children is a registered public charitable trust set up in 1992 with a vision to “to build a social movement that will uproot all forms of exploitation and oppression of children and promote and protect the basic human rights of children enabling them to enjoy a dignified childhood.” Since its inception, Arunodhaya has been organizing various interventions aimed at the elimination of child labor. It is an active member of various networks like Child Workers in Asia, Campaign Against Child Labor, Global March, and South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude, and National Domestic Workers Movement. It has taken the lead in organizing campaign and advocacy on child labor issues at the national and regional levels.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: The Community Participation in Child Laborer's Education and Elimination program will be implemented in Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamilnadu in South India, which has been found to have a high number of child laborers and high drop out rates. The program aims at developing an alternate education for child laborers, which will motivate the children to pursue their studies in regular schools. Follow-up action will be initiated to sustain the children in schools through organizing ‘Guided learning centers' in the evenings after school hours which will acts as a mechanism to sustain the children in school, monitor their progress, improve their learning capacity, identify dropouts and take immediate action. Entry of children into the labor force will be prevented through organizing an ‘Enrollment Campaign' in which children of the school enrollment age will be identified and enrolled in school. Community participation will be ensured through formation of Women's groups, children's clubs, youth groups and Parent-Teachers Associations. Interaction with employers, community leaders and schoolteachers will be organized to create awareness on the issue of child labor and enlist their participation in the program.

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 600 Children will be enrolled in Child laborer's school (CLS).
Persistence: All the 600 children enrolled in CLS will persist in the program.
Transition: 95 percent of children from CLS will make a transition to formal school.
Completion: 95 percent of children enrolled in formal schools will complete the education.