India | Education at the end of the world

Education at the end of the world

India / Disaster relief & reconstruction

The remote region in the mountains is marked by illiteracy, drug abuse and persecution. The young pupils from the village itself and from the Burmese mountains find protection, education and perspectives in the school.

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Education at the end of the world

Initial situation and challenges

India is as populous as it is poor. Every fourth Indian suffers from extreme poverty, 35.7% of children under the age of five are malnourished.

The Indian government is striving to significantly improve education, and the establishment of universities is high on the agenda. The number of illiterates, which is still over 20%, should decrease. But above all, it is expensive private schools that are springing up like mushrooms; unaffordable for most Indians. The state schools are mostly overcrowded, with poor equipment - similar to the level of training of the teaching staff.

For Indian families, a good education for their children is of central importance. Private schools lure insecure parents by offering them a four-year "preschool program" for their children to prepare them for first grade. Instead of spending their time in the sandbox, three-year-old toddlers, or rather "prospective doctors and engineers", now swot the ABC, take exams and do their homework. The pressure on children and parents is enormous, the consequences fatal - a high suicide rate among pupils. Families from poor backgrounds lack the financial means to jump on this fast train of the education system and thus miss a real chance for a better life.

With this new school, AVC is working to ensure that children are given a solid education and that prospects are also created for poor sections of the population.

  • Important facts
    • Capital
    • New Delhi
    • Area
    • 3 287 263 km2
    • Inhabitants
    • 1,2 billion
    • Life expectancy
    • 68,8 years
    • Child mortality rate
    • 39,1 (per 1000)
    • Literacy
    • 71,2%
    • Religion
    • 79,8% Hindus
    • 14,2% Muslims
    • 2,3% Christians
    • 1,7% Sikhis
    • 2% Others
  • Capital
  • New Delhi
  • Area
  • 3 287 263 km2
  • Inhabitants
  • 1,2 billion
  • Life expectancy
  • 68,8 years
  • Child mortality rate
  • 39,1 (per 1000)
  • Literacy
  • 71,2%
  • Religion
  • 79,8% Hindus
  • 14,2% Muslims
  • 2,3% Christians
  • 1,7% Sikhis
  • 2% Others

Aims

People from poor backgrounds - children and adults - get the chance to start a better life.

AVC humanitarian aid ...

  • maintains the primary school in northeast India, at the seeming end of the world
  • expands the building by six classrooms, a library, a storeroom and 2 WC facilities for the planned middle school

"One of them is new - and yet not: Heleiwang Riame, one of our first disciples (...). He works as a teacher at our school. I'm excited about this kind of self-prosperity."

Heidi A.

Commitment

Primary schools plus

The good schoolrooms are located in different regions of India, in metropolitan slums up to a village of former headhunters at the seeming end of the world. Together with local partners, AVC humanitarian aid has founded a primary school from kindergarten to fifth grade in a village directly on the border between India and Myanmar. Most of the students are from the Burmese mountains, where their families are oppressed by government troops and rebels. The children can grow up in peace with us and later positively influence their home villages with a solid school and life education.

As a criterion for admission to school, the children must be able to make the several-day walk from the villages of Burma. During the school semesters these children live in the boarding school. The children and their parents are happy, they get - often as the only one of an entire village - the chance of a good school education.

The elementary school went initially up to the 5th class. Thanks to the approval of the authorities, it is now possible to introduce an additional secondary school from grades 6 - 8. However, this requires the construction of a second floor with six additional classrooms, a library, a storage room and two WC facilities.

Financing needs

Cris Gautschi
For any questions:

Cris Gautschi
Phone +41 (0)32 356 00 86 | +41 (0)79 248 44 42
c.gautschi@avc-humanitarianaid.ch

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