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; 2018, Rs.4,16,250
For several years, IRDRP has been working with PPI’s support to promote the education of children of stone quarry workers in the Chennai area. This new project will extend the work to 3 additional villages. 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. The project will also include workshops for school teachers, family counseling, and a program for slow learners.
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.