Most children work because their families are poor and their labour is necessary for their survival. For many such children schooling is not a functional option. Education can be expensive and some parent’s feel what their children would get after being educated is irrelevant to the realities of their everyday life. Besides being a result of poverty, child labour also perpetuates poverty. Many working children do not have the opportunity to go to school and often grow up as unskilled adults trapped in poorly paid jobs and, in turn, would look to their own children to supplement the family’s income. These children are forced to work at brick kilns, hotels, small scale industries and in other households.
Child Labour Residential School
India continues to host the largest number of child labourers in the world today. According to the Census 2001, there were 12.7 million economically active children in the age-group of 5-14 years. The number was 11. 3 million during 1991 (Population Census) thus showing an increase in the number of child labourers.
Jan Jagran Kendra believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and ending the exploitation of children. It is where the social and economical development begins. Jan Jagran Kendra is committed to provide education to all the childrens of Bihar and Jharkhand.
First child labour school was established in the year 2005 with the financial support of NCLP Hazaribagh. Presently three centres are running in Jharkhand. These Centres are situated in Barhi, Bishnugargh and Sadar block of Hazaribag District. Each centre is having enrolment of 50 Student every Year to provide them quality education. In this Financial Year 150 children were provided with the education facilities.
These children were also provided with study material, learning kits, playing equipment along with other facilities and trainings to make them meaningful citizen of the nation. In this financial year three child labour school were run at different location
One Child Labour and Vocational Training Residential School was established in the year 2009 with the support of Japan consulate. This residential school is having all the basic amenities of class room, toilet, residential facilities, kitchen, mess and the playground. At the centre 50 children are studying. These children are residing at the residential school and they are studying and taking vocational training also.