Girls' Education Programs
In and around Bodh Gaya, public schools function only very rarly. All too often teachers don't show up and school buildings are left abandoned and are only frequented by goats, pigglets and birds. Upper-caste people send their children to private schools. These are often quite good and not terribly expensive. Yet private schools are nevertheless out of reach for Dalit women: not just for economic reasons but also cultural ones:
Dalit girls are considered a liability and they are actually child labourers: working in the household and the fields and caring for younger siblings. Education is considered a waste as girls are married off young, when they are 15 or 16 years old, and then go to live with their in-laws. Also, too often Dalit girls are taunted in school by upper-caste children and have little incentive to stay in school. Most Dalit women are illiterate and few of the girls go to school for longer than a couple of years.
To build at the base, DWP especially focuses on the education of Dalit girls. DWP has currently four education programs for Dalit girls:
Five non-formal education centers:
Primary School in Mothiachok:
Open School Program: