Did you know? In India, we run two small informal primary schools in the villages of Masuribar and Dema, Bihar. They are completely free and offer holistic elementary education to 135 underpriviledged children.
We opened both schools in 2014 and call them “Babua” schools as a reference to the loving nickname given to children in this part of the world. We are very proud of what we have accomplished.
In Bihar, many children are denied access to basic education because of a lack of teachers, teaching materials and infrastructure. In this State, the average number of students per class is a staggering 91, whereas the national average is 36.
These poor learning conditions not only dissuade a large number of rural children from enrolling in schools, they also increase the dropout and, ultimately, the illiteracy rate in this region.
By the end of 2014, the attendance rate at our two new schools had reached 84%, which is very high for an elementary school. In Bihar, the average attendance rate is only 55%.
It proves that babua schools, though small, make a big difference in the lives of these children. They are very appreciated by students, parents and teachers alike.