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Why should I learn Tamil? Suppose I happen to go back to Bihar, Tamil will be of no use. Teach me in Bihari language! I will learn it! Otherwise leave me in peace… I will earn a living by working in a banian company. Don't refer to me as a child laborer. ”

These are the words of Rohan, a boy (9 years old) from Bihar (in the north of India) who lives with his family in Tirupur. When SAVE employees ask him to come to Bridge School, he is skeptical. What is the point if I do not understand the language?

In every neighborhood (Ward) of Tirupur there are an average of 100 migrant children who do not go to school, in all of Tirupur there are more than 6000 children. (Economic) migrants from various regions in India come to Tirupur in the hope of finding a better paid job in the textile industry. Almost 40% of the population in Tirupur is of migrant origin. 20% of these are families with young children. They don't speak the language (India knows many different languages) and the children roam the streets when both parents are working in the factories. They may not work in the factories, but they are doomed to eventually be put to work somewhere for minimum wages without education. Or secretly put to work as a child slave. Our local partner SAVE therefore also sees these children as (potential) child workers and does everything in their power to get these children to school.

The Bridge Schools teach in a playful way and in the most widely spoken languages (especially Tamil and Hindi). The step to mainstream education after bridging education is still great for these children, because teaching materials are not or hardly available in the various languages.

The factory owners who offer the migrant workers a job are not concerned about education for the migrant children. Because in the future, cheap, unskilled workers will continue to work in their factories. The government has not arranged anything for these migrants either, and SAVE remains dependent on external funding with its Bridge School.

However, Aloysius and his staff continue to lobby governments and factory owners to tackle this problem. Employees and teachers of the schools also continue to talk to the parents. Some do not see the need for education and only think in the short term, “we will go back home after 6 months”. Or they would really like to have an education for their children, but (partly due to the language barrier and shame) are afraid to ask for help. Information and awareness-raising are therefore an important part of SAVE's programs.

Net4kids invests together with fantastic investors in improving bridging education, so that every child of every origin & language can develop there. In this way children are increasingly becoming part of the community. And with the Green Park Smart School (primary & secondary education) and the SAVE vocational training courses, migrant children can really build a future for themselves. And they may soon also work in the textile industry, but then as a skilled worker, so that other jobs will also become available.

Hopefully Rohan will soon see this too, and perhaps he will work his way up to become a factory owner? That would be really cool! And hopefully he will provide education for the children of his employees.