We are supporting Bharat Navodaya Abhiyan (BNA) in providing safe space to talented rural children from vulnerable communities, who may otherwise drop out from education and may not have the opportunities that they deserve. BNA is a grassroots organization that works with the government of India to deliver quality education and career opportunities to rural disadvantaged communities at scale.
All schools have been closed since March 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19. Many children who used to stay at the residential schools are now out of schools. A lot of these students are first-generation learners and thus due to their family conditions, it has been nearly impossible for them to study let alone find two meals and stay safe.
BNA recently, through its nationwide network identified around 50 students who are at risk of dropping out of their formal education.
All of these students have completed their 12th this year from Govt. schools ( 17-19 years of age) and belong to below poverty line (BPL) families. They are being forced into child labour and might permanently drop out of formal education and join informal unskilled labour if not rescued immediately.
Many of the Boys have already joined casual jobs to support their families in making two ends meet. Many of these girls are forced into marriage as families have faced financial challenges due to Covid and hence cannot support further education of them. These children are also prone to abuse, neglect and violence.
How are we tackling this?
We are bringing these children to residential campuses from June 23rd 2021 to provide the academic support for college entrance tests & admissions, along with nutritious meals and safe space.
We plan on providing them with fully-funded comprehensive support towards their academic and development needs. We are arranging counsellors, teachers, and digital resources to orient them for their college life ahead.
How do we plan to do it?
We aim to provide safe space and academic resources until their prospective colleges open where they can be sent. We have currently planned it for two months i.e. until 23rd August 2021. We will extend the support period if the college opening is delayed. Updates will be sent to donors and supporters from time to time as we progress.
The total estimated costs of the initiative are Rs. 5,95,000.
● The cost of food for one student per month is Rs. 3000. Thus, the total cost of food is 3000 x 2 (months) x 50 (number of students) = Rs. 3,00,000. This amount includes four meals a day.
● The travel cost per student is estimated to be Rs. 500. Thus, the total travel expenditure is 500 x 50 (number of students) = Rs. 25000.
● The total residential cost per student per month is estimated to be Rs. 2700. Thus, the total cost of residence is 2700 x 2 (months) x 50 (number of students) = Rs. 2,70,000. This amount includes expenditure for residential facilities, beddings, security, stationery, internet connection etc. Furthermore, the hostel and human resources (Counsellors and teachers) staff will be on a voluntary/ pro-bono basis and no expenses for the same have been added.
BNA will be providing a personal device (Tablet) to each student for continued and safe learning from its own funds.
What if these students are not supported?
We feel there cannot be a better way to build a nation than by educating masses and grooming leaders of tomorrow who can carry forward the legacy of our forefathers. Affirmative Action is a need of the hour and our identified children need urgent support to mitigate life-threatening situations they are in.
We are a group of volunteers working with BNA in this important task.
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