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Project Description: In the south side of Delhi, the road starting from Chhattarpur and extending upto Bhatti Mines is surrounded on both sides by small villages/ slums/ colonies which are primarily dominated by families who are extremely poor. Although the location of this area is very much in the heart of Delhi but the socio economic condition of the people living here is very poor.  

Most of these families are migrants from states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh. Here, they work as daily wage earners, as rag pickers or do menial jobs. They do not have a permanent place to live but live on squatters, in thatched huts or in rented accommodations. The area does not have any local opportunities for livelihood and so the adults travel off to Mehrauli or towards Faridabad for earning. For children, some of them go out to work and contribute to the family kitty, some accompany their parents to the work place, others look after their siblings or do household chores and the remaining largely spent the entire day on the streets playing cards, marbles, or abusing each other.

Most of these children do not go to schools. The reason is that they are not welcomed in the government schools because of their poor habits, their uncivilized language and behaviour. A large majority of these children are in the age group of 4 – 14 years and they exist in big numbers. Many of these children were once enrolled in formal schools but because of the reasons mentioned above, they dropped out of schools. Besides these children, there are large number of girl children who were never enrolled in schools because their parents did not want them to be exposed to education. These mostly include girl children of minority community and girl children of migrated families.

The other problem is of the high drop out rate of children from formal schools. This includes all those children whose names have been striked out from the class registers and all such children whose names might be there on the attendance register of the schools but they never go there physically. The most common reasons for the drop out of mainstreamed children are many: … (full text).

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