12 May, 2021

A Class On The Move

Presents a complicated problem in a lucid way. Prashant Panjiar's accompanying photographs do their own telling.

A Class On The Move
The book covers the largely ignored and rootless children of seasonal migrant labourers. Considered outsiders both at home and on the worksite, nobody wants to take responsibility for their education. They end up as illegal child labourers. In highlighting the problem, the author also presents case studies of NGOs in four states which have come up with workable models for the education of these children. She identifies possible solutions, whether it is seasonal hostels in their home villages, schools/centres at worksites, bridge courses or strengthening local government schools.

For example, Vijaya Ramachandran, daughter of former president R. Venkataraman, has been working in Kanpur for the last 30 years, running an educational programme for children of Bilaspuri and other construction and brick kiln workers. With 20 centres and a hostel for nine children in the city, she finds the problem intractable. Her appeal to the education department officials to initiate centres at the remaining 300-odd brick kilns and construction sites in and...

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