In the slum areas, many children and youth are unable to afford school fees and thus are more susceptible to turn to a street life, which entails the following: extreme poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, young marriage, early childbirth, rape, or sexual abuse. EarlyAction works to combat this cycle by instructing the children and youth of urban slums in basic academic courses and prepare students to be mainstreamed into formal schooling.
Individuals and families in urban slums are barely able or unable to meet their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing. Due to these pressing concerns, education of children and youth is often not a monetary priority for families.
By providing marginalised youth with new learning opportunities that nurture empowerment and socio-economic inclusion, the project contributes to breaking the cycle of marginalisation and vulnerabilities that impedes the development of out-of-schools youth.
The high drop-out rate at Government slum schools is due to a number of factors.
- Boys drop out to work and supplement the family income.
- Girls drop out to help at home.
- Both girls and boys drop out to take care of younger siblings because the parents work every day to keep the family’s head above water.
- Pupils who may be having trouble keeping up with the syllabus drop out because they have no one to ask for extra help.
A big help is that NFE Centre teachers are recruited from the communities being served, so people have more trust in the message and can see the advantages of education fructified in the form of the better socio-economic status the teachers enjoy.
EarlyAction does not intend to create a parallel education system so the aim is to prepare students to be mainstreamed into formal schooling.
This project works to combat the educational inequalities children in the slums by offering basic classes and by attempting to find sponsors for children to be able to attend formal education.
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