Lucknow, 28 November, 2019: American India Foundation today held a state-level consultation on the care and education of migrant children, attended by over 200 people from across 30 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Government officials, SMC members, academicians, educationists, and NGOs. Organized in collaboration with Lokmitra, AIF’s partner organization, the event witnessed extensive knowledge sharing on issues of seasonal migration and its impact on migrant children. The consultation provided a platform to the participants to understand the context of rural migration, brainstorm on strategies for ensuring easy access of education and inclusion of migrant children in the education system, as well as present evidence-based best practices that are both scalable and replicable. AIF’s advocacy efforts towards broader adoption of the Right to Education Act (RTE 2009) amongst parents, communities, and government in Uttar Pradesh are supported by Tarsadia Foundation-USA and West Bridge Capital.
AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) provides access to quality education opportunities to children in areas of seasonal migration, while also advocating to communities and governments the universal right to education. Since its inception in 2004, LAMP has provided quality education to 514,871 children affected by seasonal migration in 1,873 villages across 12 states in India. LAMP has also trained more than 100,000 community members on various aspects of the RTE Act such as norms, roles and responsibilities of SMC members.
On the occasion, Mathew Joseph- Country Director, AIF said “At the American India Foundation, recognizing and enabling community involvement in school governance is a significant area of focus.This state level consultation has brought leading names from diverse backgrounds to find and share best practices, enabling and empowering children at risk to get access to quality education.”
Delivering the Keynote speech, Dr. Priti Verma, Member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Uttar Pradesh (UP) said “ AIF and Lokmitra are demonstrating quality education in the most rural parts of UP. I would like to take this opportunity to request them to share the program findings with the SCPCR. Further, best practices from the program need to be shared with the Government of UP.”
About the American India Foundation
The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education , livelihoods , public health and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org.