Older girls are often forced to drop out of school to care for their siblings. It is also not unusual to find these children engaged in casual labor. Further compounding the problem, it is notoriously difficult to track the movements of migrant children, both within the city and to and from their home villages. As such, ensuring continuity in education is a key challenge.
In order to improve and create continuity in the educational opportunities available to migrant children, DRF aims to provide high quality bridge courses, both residential and on construction sites, and develop better systems to track these highly mobile children.
DRF launched its education programs for the children of migrant construction laborers in 2008 with support from the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, American India Foundation and other government and private sector partners. In the first phase of programming, DRF focused its activities on establishing access to schooling and scaling up its work so as to provide as many children as possible with safe shelter, adult supervision and basic educational provisions during the workday. Now, in Phase II, DRF’s primary goal is to improve the quality of education in each of its facilities.
DRF’s migrant education program includes the following initiatives: