“My village is near a jungle area. There is no network here, no newspapers, so we do not get to know anything about the outside world”, said Ramu* from one village in India where mica mining and child labour had been present for many years. Without access to information and education, opportunities for children for poor families are limited and often lead to them supporting their parents’ work.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ Mica Project helped set up libraries in Ramu’s village with books that covered General Knowledge, Basic English, short stories, and others for children to expand their horizons. The project works towards addressing child labour in the Mica dependent districts of Koderma and Giridih in the state of Jharkhand, India. Access to quality education is one of the main components of the project to take children out of their exploitative situations.
“I get to learn different things in the world, which I didn’t even know of otherwise. I recently learnt about all the Prime Ministers of India”, he added.
These libraries were set up for children during the pandemic to keep them productively engaged.
“After reading these books, I feel like being a Police Officer. I want to work for the Government and bring change”, said Ramu.
*Name changed to protect identity