“I feel more confident to carry out the tasks on my own”

Like millions of migrant workers in India, Rupaben Rathod’s parents never had a chance at receiving an education and instead pursued work as migrant agricultural labor to earn a living. Rupaben was destined to repeat the life of her parents until AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) intervened in her village in Surat, Gujarat.

Rupaben, in Grade 8, benefits from several of the LAMP interventions, which focus on continuous high quality education as well as community engagement and school governance. “Attending LAMP’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) is great fun,” says Rupaben. “In our classes, we get math worksheets and can keep practicing science experiments, which help us immensely to grasp and absorb the concepts taught in school. My English has also improved.” Rupaben is one of many students that benefit from LAMP’s learning enrichment classes, before and after school to keep students on track.

India has achieved close to 98% school enrollment of its children between 6 and 14 years. Even so, it faces a huge challenge: to ensure the learning of these students. In 2020, studies showed that only 44% of

Grade 5 students from government schools could read a Grade 2 level text. LAMP works with some of the   most neglected communities in India to ensure that the children of seasonal migrants have access to consistent, high quality, and age-appropriate education. It’s LRCs provide the tools and curriculum children need before and after school hours to learn basic skills like reading and writing, and also helps them build new skills in science and math. LAMP’s outreach involves facilitation and training of community members to improve school management, building trust and establishing a way for parents to realize the importance of education for their children.

LAMP aims to remove barriers to education, now made worse by Covid-19, for vulnerable children, especially girls, by working with a range of stakeholders including migrating communities, teachers, and government schools. This includes work on teaching, learning, school governance and also influencing attitudes and policies.

Closely aligned with India’s New Education Policy 2020, LAMP has impacted the education experiences of close to half a million children through Learning Resource Centers. By having quality education for every child, we will have created circles of prosperity for society in a few generations. #EducationChangesEverything

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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