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Dobhi Village School – Education is a privilege

Supported from 2010 to 2016

Where: Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

Who benefits: Children from Dobhi and the surrounding villages

Project partner: People First

Education, learning and self-development are not self-evident, especially not in a country like India. The Dobhi Village School is located in Bodhgaya, Bihar. The state of Bihar is so extremely poor that it was one of the 10 poorest countries in the world if it were independent. India’s economic growth and computer progress are happening elsewhere.

Most people here are too poor to send their children to a good school. We support the Dobhi Village School, which is run by a local non-profit organisation. Our partner organisation People First runs other schools in the area where more than 800 children learn. Only needy children from very poor families are accepted. In very many cases the children therefore come from the Dalit class. Dalit is the name of the castes that were previously stigmatised as untouchables. Even today they still suffer a variety of discrimination, are marginalised and even maltreated. They are still fighting for fundamental rights such as education, survival and human dignity in the extremely hierarchical Indian society.

Interview with a graduate of the Dobhi Village School in Bodhgaya who is now a teacher there.

A good school education is the basic prerequisite for escaping the vicious circle of poverty. In the Dobhi Village School 250 children, half of whom are girls, can learn from 5 to 16 years of age. This is a blessing for the children because the alternatives are field work, child marriage and teenage pregnancies. The illiteracy rate here is still around 60%. The cycle of poverty is therefore difficult to break.


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