Liberation through Education
Support children to break the cycle of inequality and become changemakers of their own future.
Liberation through Education
Education of children remains essential to our mission to overcome discrimination in South Asia. Yet, millions of children continue to face huge obstacles that keep them out of school.
In rural communities, gendered discrimination still prioritises child marriage over girls’ education, while systemic caste-based discrimination drives already marginalised boys out of school and into child labour.
Outside of our project work, only 1 in 100 girls from the poorest communities complete their education up to the equivalent of A-levels, while 5.4 million child labourers are boys under the age of 14.
Your support has meant massive strides towards providing education to all – but there is still more work to do. We want thousands more children to overcome inequality and become the changemakers of their own future – and we need your help to do that.
“Why do girls drop out?”
Girls’ education is rarely seen as a priority in South Asia.
Among historically marginalised people, most girls remain at risk of being taken out of school and forced into illegal child marriages. In fact, over half are taken out of school to be married off before the age of 18, with a third married before age 13.
Too often, this will mean a lifetime of household servitude, where domestic and sexual violence is commonplace.
Without ownership of their choices and access to education, millions of young women remain bound to a future they don’t choose – one lived in isolation and silence.
And, as long as these preconceptions remain unchallenged, young men will continue to grow up with and enforce these oppressive gender roles.
Meet the changemakers – Kavi’s Story:
“Why do boys drop out”
Though now illegal, the effects of historic caste discrimination still impact cultural expectations of Dalit boys today.
Dalit children tend to live in impoverished areas and therefore have access to poorer-quality education. For those families struggling to make ends meet, education is often seen as an unaffordable luxury, even for boys. Boys are most likely to end up in child labour in brick kilns, fields or construction.
Boys make up 60 percent of the child labourers in South Asia. It is estimated that 13 percent of boys aged 5-14 years in South Asia are involved in child labour.
Poor conditions and strenuous physical work mean that boys in South Asia are more likely to develop illnesses and disabilities later in life. And, without prospects, they often are trapped in the cycle of indebted labour, passing the chains of poverty on to the next generation.
Meet the changemakers – Rajat’s Story:
We know that, to make a difference, we need the collaboration of the entire community. That’s why, to meet the complex problem of discrimination, we have developed a holistic and multi-faceted approach.
Our girl’s groups give young women training on their rights, legislation and leadership. They are given avenues to report and protect themselves against harassment and given resources and support to complete their education. We also work with boys to learn about their right to education, boosting their confidence and drive, whilst offering them financial support to complete their schooling and mitigate the risk of child labour. Our support groups with boys and men raise awareness about gender inequality and encourage their help to end child marriage/labour.
Meanwhile, our Bal Panchayats, or child parliaments, encourage inclusion by giving children a space to talk and discuss the problems they face, across different castes and communities that are excluded from society. They can develop leadership skills by working with local councils to improve nearby resources and reduce discriminatory practices. The most at-risk children also receive supplementary education support to give them extra-curricular tutoring, as well as career counselling.
We also work with parents to encourage prioritising and valuing children’s education. We provide livelihood training to build entrepreneurial skills, allowing those parents to lessen the financial impact of making their child’s education a priority. By providing resources (education materials, transport, and mobiles for online learning), we can help to lessen the financial burden.
Join us in making a lasting impact. With 94% of girls in Karuna projects staying in school past the age of 16, your support can amplify this success for thousands more children.
Help us raise £30,000 to keep 13,600 children in school.
Give the gift of liberation now.