A good education, while having the intrinsic value of securing a more dignified life, also has an instrumental value in reducing migration, particularly amongst vulnerable groups such as children and youth. A recent study on adolescent migration revealed that youth often migrate for work because they drop out of school – either because they find it boring or because they find it difficult. With limited engaging local opportunities, migration often becomes the preferred option.
Other studies, also point to the extremely low levels of learning among children who have attended school for a few years. Accordingly, Indian Women and Child Welfare Trust’s efforts have focussed on addressing the quality of education to strengthen the attractiveness of schooling. To this end, village level non-formal education centres and residential literacy camps are organised for out of school children, thus improving educational status whilst simultaneously serving as demonstration sites that engender recognition of quality education at the community level.