Project-No.: 2018 – PAT – 001
In Madhya Pradesh lives a large number of the members of the indigenous tribal population, especially Adivasis and Dalits. Out-of-caste Adivasis and Dalits are excluded from economic, cultural and social life. They suffer from malnutrition.
In particular, the children are affected by this. So also in the municipality Deoli in the district Khandwa. Here, the majority of the population belongs to the indigenous tribal population, namely to the group of Korkus. 90% of the Korkus are living below the poverty line, only 32% of this population can read and write. The literacy of women is particularly low. Seventy-five percent of Korkus children are affected by malnutrition, and 37% of children are extremely underweight. The Korkus have no access to medical care due to lack of financial resources. Many children die as a result of malnutrition or malnutrition or illnesses such as influenza, gastrointestinal diseases, diarrhea and measles. Child mortality is 70 (the number of children dying before their fifth birthday, per 1,000 live births).
The girls of the indigenous tribal population are particularly disadvantaged because they are seen as inferior to boys and are treated with little respect. Because of this, they often have mental health problems and low self-esteem. Early marriage and premature pregnancies are very common. So it happens that even 12-year-old girls are pregnant. Furthermore, the girls are involved in household chores and in the parents’ agricultural activities. Their cultural peculiarities are not taken into account in state schools. All this means that these girls have no access to education and are therefore curtailed in their right to education.
Education is the basic requirement for social and economic integration and opportunities for advancement. Therefore, access to education is crucial for improving the living conditions of these extremely disadvantaged groups, especially girls. This is the greatest potential for change and sustainable impact for the target group.
The overall objective of the project is therefore to provide secure educational opportunities for the extremely disadvantaged, poverty-stricken girls of the Adivasis and Dalits groups in the Khandwa district and the Korkus group in Deoli, Khandwa district. Thus, the project makes a significant contribution to improving the educational situation, increasing the school enrollment rate and reducing the school drop-out rate, and ultimately to reducing poverty in the project region.
The St. Joseph Girls Boarding School in the municipality of Deoli offers a sustainable and innovative solution for the disadvantaged girls of the indigenous tribal population. The girls receive a sound and high-quality education here. Every year, 50 girls between the ages of 5 and 13 of the extremely disadvantaged and discriminated Adivasis, Dalits and Korkus groups are receiving schooling at St. Joseph boarding school.
In addition to school education, the boarding school offers girls a basic medical and hygienic care service, as well as a well-regulated and balanced diet, so that they are also supported in health terms, thus taking a step outside the poverty of their families of origin.
Through targeted measures in the area of personality development and social skills, the girls also develop a healthy self-confidence.
Thus, the boarding performs cultural and social activities and teaches the girls good manners and moral values. The girls are also taught to perform in front of an audience. In addition, dance, singing and music classes are performed and plays rehearsed.
The diocese of Khandwa is also involved in the so-called education offensive. Sisters and priests of the boarding school advise the parents of disadvantaged girls and convince them of the importance of education for the girls. The result of the educational campaign is that more and more girls are registered by their parents in the boarding school or in other schools. The diocese of Khandwa successfully teaches parents that their children receive optimal schooling and personal support at boarding school.
In this respect, the boarding school pursues a holistic approach to the promotion of girls. Education, care and education are equally offered here. Only in this way can the girls be promoted throughout their development. All this provides the basis for a secure future for the girls, who can grow into educated and confident citizens and take skilled jobs. The integration of disadvantaged girls in the school system and in society thus takes place at all essential levels
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