Institute of Research and Development for the Rural Poor (IRDRP); Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Contact: Dr. Irudayasamy
October 2018 – October 2021
Budget: Total, Rs.12,48,750; 2019, Rs.4,16,250
With a fresh round of funding from PPI, IRDRP will continue providing educational services to the children of stone quarry workers till 2021. The objectives include mainstreaming children of ages 6-14 into regular schools, maintaining facilities for supplementary education and classes outside of normal school hours, and providing additional educational support and vocational training to children of ages 14-18. IRDP have grown their outreach efforts to five new villages while continuing with two villages from last year. They have a goal of enrolling all the eligible children in the stone quarry working areas by the end of three years (2018-2021). By conducting school enrolment camps during the summer, IRDRP is helping increase the number of children going to school. They have provided educational support materials to 132 children. IRDRP continues to provide supplemental education at their Convenient Education Centers for children in the age group of 6-14 years. They have conducted workshops for teachers on how to support slow learners and rehabilitate senior children in the age group of 14 – 18 years through their vocational skills empowerment classes. Besides, they have been promoting health and hygiene amongst girls through the distribution of bio-degradable sanitary napkins that was one of PPI’s completed projects this year.
In a previous 3 -year project completed in April 2018, in addition to helping with classroom education IRDRP conducted classes in computer use, programs in life skills and gender awareness for older children, and skill training programs for parents. They also organized a Children’s Parliament where children elected some of their peers as “state ministers,” who then led activities related to their positions. In all, several hundred children in 5 villages benefited from the previous project.