(an initiative to educate the
children of migrant brick kiln workers in Chaksu area of Jaipur district,
According to 2001 census more than 12,62,570 children were working in the age
group 5-14 years in Rajasthan.
Brick industries are a hazardous industry because it produces lot of dust in the
The children who work in brick industries are the children of migrant laborers;
they accompany their parents to the brick chambers and help their parents in
In the survival struggle parents do not bother about childrens education.
into the seriousness of the problem Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj did a
pilot project with the migrant children in five of the brick kilns
about 10 kms. east of Chaksu town in Jaipur district.
1. Mahadev Brick Kiln
2. Komal Brick Kiln
3. Maya Brick Kiln
4. LBT Brick Kiln
5. LBU Brick Kiln
results were very encouraging and the following observations were made.
months (in Mahadev Brick Kiln) and four months (at Komal, Maya, LBT, LBU Brick
Kilns) of non formal school at the brick kiln about 175 children in the age
group 6-10 participated in 3 hours class (2-5 pm).
Most of the
students were illiterate and during the short span of four months they were able
to write Hindi and English alphabets and do some calculations.
showed interest in sending their children to the class.
also responded positively to the class.
One of the main
hurdles was the difference in the dialect of the teacher and the student.
The teacher spoke local/Hindi while the children spoke their local dialect.
But this was overcome shortly.
teachers were posted in these schools depending upon the no. of students. One
teacher was available for approximately 30 students.
The schools are closed
during the rainy season as most of the labors have left for their native place
in the beginning of June. They will come back after Diwali i.e. around
Apart from this, a quick
a survey was done on 15 brick kilns in and around Garudwasi area of Chaksu block
(Jaipur district) to study the status of migrant population working in these
brick kilns. The details are as follows:
·Most of the
labour which is working here is from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya
Pradesh. U.P. Bareli, Shahbad, Rudrapur, Mohowa, Banda, Bilaspur, Pilibhit,
Barabanki, Farukhabad. Rajasthan Sawai Madhopur, Mandawari, Dausa. Madhya
families is 625, male 624, female 600. Total 1224.
male 165 (26%), literate female 58 (10%)
·No. of illiterate people interested in adult education male 128 (20%),
female 42 (7%).
·All the 15
brick kiln owners have given permission to open school in their premises; they
have promised that they will give space to open school. No other support is
expected from them. 3 owners have refused to give permission as a result their
survey was not done.
children at brick kilns:
Less than 4 years 311 (22 children per brick kiln).
Between 4 to 10 years 583 (42 children per brick kiln).
Between 4 to 10 years who have gone to school 108 (8 children per brick kiln).
Out of the above (between 4 to 10 years who have gone to school) how many are
literate 60 (4 children per brick kiln).
Children more than 10 years of age 215 (15 children per brick kiln).
parents are ready to send their children to school if school is opened for them.
brick kilns have government schools near their place of residence. 7 schools are
0.5 kms, 7 schools are about 1 km and 1 school is 1.5 kms away.
·Out of 15
government schools in the area, 9 schools are upto class 5 (out of which 2 are
Sanskrit schools), 6 schools are upto class 8.
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