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Celebrating Budhpura!

Celebrating Budhpura! A joyous and momentous occasion in India.

On Sunday the 24th March, something momentous and joyous happened in the village of Budhpura, Rajasthan, India. To understand why the 24th March was such a momentous day though we need to understand the history of this semi-rural village, tucked away in the back waters of Rajasthan.

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85% of the worlds Sandstone is quarried in Rajasthan and the Bundi highway cuts through this stone quarrying region like a knife. There is a stretch of this highway where for 20km all you can see in every direction are quarries and mining activity! read more

The NGO Playing A Central Role In Eradicating Child Labour In Budhpura

The NGO Playing A Central Role In Eradicating Child Labour In Budhpura – a blog written by London Stone Managing Director, Steven Walley in 2016, and still relevant today

Okay, so let’s address the issue of child labour – its easy right, we just need to convince the parents to send their children to school?  Wrong! If only it was that simple.

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A typical cobble yard in Budhpura, Rajasthan, India

Unfortunately, child labour is a complex issue and many factors contribute to its existence.  All the root causes are deeply ingrained into the functions of the community. Poverty, lack of quality education and facilities, widowed families, industrial disease, alcoholism, domestic abuse, lack of medical treatment, lack of access to social benefits; all contribute towards the existence of child labour. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come – Part 4: Looking Towards the Future

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 4: Looking Towards the Future

The mines are a long way from civilisation. Making change is a huge challenge

The mines are a long way from civilisation. Achieving any change here will be an enormous challenge.

Now that the No Child Left Behind programme has some established successes, it’s time to begin looking towards the future. In this case, that means expanding much of the work towards also helping the broader community, and in particular addressing the standards in the yards and mines. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come – Part 3: The Work Pays Off

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 3: The Work Pays Off

Tangible results, getting children back into education

The project has delivered real and tangible results, getting children back into education.

Since the beginning of No Child Left Behind, tremendous progress has been made in getting children out of work and back into schools. In fact, according to the report “Stop Child Labour – Out of Work Programme – End Term Evaluation” from the Stop Child Labour Coalition, 361 children were prevented from child labour and an additional 593 were withdrawn from child labour, out of a total 1,019 children who were initially identified as “out of school.” In addition, seven schools (including six primary and one secondary) are now fully functional compared with only one before. There are also eight pre-school centres (Anganwadis), which were non-existent before. Additional teachers are also expected to be appointed, as a result of the ongoing lobbying of the state government. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come – Part 2: The Project Begins to Take Shape

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and also explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 2: The Project Begins to Take Shape

The Manjari team after a multi stakeholder meeting

The Manjari team after a multi stakeholder meeting.

With a project such as No Child Left Behind, ensuring its long-term success is a complicated proposition. While organisations outside the region may sometimes be tempted to take control of the various aspects of the project from abroad, the reality is that this type of remote management has serious limitations. For a project like this to be successful, it must be run by a competent team of professionals on the ground who have a deep knowledge of the community they’re serving, as well as an understanding of the type of bureaucracy and general challenges they will be facing. read more