Urmila, 12, a Grade 7 student at the Sevaron-ki-Dhani Government Upper Primary school in Barmer district of Rajasthan. Like most families in her village, Urmila’s parents are seasonal migrant workers caught in a cycle of poverty. For her and her siblings a good education was impossible and the risk of child labor very real.
A first-generation learner, Urmila now attends the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to close the gap in learning deficit. Since 2003, AIF has provided 940,566 migrant children with access to quality education for an otherwise neglected population through its Learning and Migration Program (LAMP). Addressing fundamental learning deficits in early education, LAMP provides a comprehensive suite of educational interventions that together create a full spectrum of quality education opportunities. Often children, who become a part of LAMP’s classes LAMP’s classes have never experienced consistent learning and the adjustment period can be quite challenging. LAMP’s LRCs provide the tools and curriculum children need to learn basic skills like reading, writing and arithmetic, and also help them build new skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Children, who otherwise, could not cope with regular academic curriculum, show significant improvement in their performance after attending the classes.
With a focus on Math and Science, LAMP ensures that children like Urmila, have access to learning materials, learning kits, story books in local languages, along with a dedicated full time trained Education Facilitator to support teaching and learning before and after school hours. Once shy of speaking in the class, Urmila now leads the morning prayers session at school, participates in various activities and also supports the studies of other students at the LRC. While LAMP’s focus has created a meaningful impact for migrant children and their communities, children living in remote areas of India lack similar access.
A significant area of LAMP’s focus is raising awareness and promoting discussion over the Right to Education Act, thus ensuring that parents, teachers, government officials, and community leaders are equipped with the knowledge to support their children’s education. Pivoting quickly during the pandemic, LAMP also adopted a life-cycle approach to bridge the educational divide through online, home-based, community-based learning support, and mobile libraries.