However by doing this, the families make their children deprived of education, recreation and their childhood. Children also face physical and sexual abuse by the owners and contractors at the sites.
During a field survey by Children of India Foundation, it was found that around 70 children of migrant families from different districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are living in and around 5 brick kiln sites of Lingal Mandal of Nagarkurnool district and Pangal mandal of Wanaparthy district. The younger children are seen roaming without any parental care and support putting them in danger of accidents. They can’t continue their studies as there is no facility of a place, teacher or education materials at these sites. The elderly children just roam around with their families without any purpose. These children are prone to abuse, exploitation and trafficking. To safeguard them from these violences, CIF came up with a short term project for these children to continue their education and get quality time to engage in play and recreational activities.
From the total allocated money of Rs. 42,250, cost of education material for 70 children was Rs. 13,750/-, cost of playing materials for two centres was Rs. 6,000/- and honorarium of tutors for two remedial coaching centres was Rs. 22,500/- (Calculated as Rs. 250 per day per tutor x 2 tutors x 45 days)
There are 6 to 7 brick clin sites here in this area where people from many districts of Telangana and from other states are working. Many times children also work with them. Keeping in view of this, the support of remedial coaching centres along with the playing materials is a noble idea. It is really helpful for the children. I will also ask my reporter friends to support these children
I am working as the Vidya Volunteer in this centre. Initially it was difficult for me to gather the children in the centre. Now children come here voluntarily even before I reach the centre. Though I am getting honorarium but that is not important. I am happy that I am helping these children in their education.
I am from Gadwal district. I have three children with me here at the site. Sometimes the older child used to support me in brick making. Now schools are closed due to COVID so the children came with me. Now due to the opening of this remedial class the children again remember the lessons that they had forgotten.
I have one son living with us here. He was earlier roaming here and there but now coming to the class and learning his lessons. Teacher maam is coming regularly and teaching the children very effectively. I am very happy.