News By/Courtesy: POOJA KATEEL | 04 Apr 2020 23:22pm IST


  • Migrant labouring is now more often practiced due to loss of opportunity in the rural areas
  • The children of migrant labourers are most affected due to the change of place
  • The consequences of deprivation of education to the children of the migrant workers

Impact Of Migrant Labouring On The Children Of These Labourers

Migration, in common words, refers to the movement of people from one place to another for various reasons. This can be wither due to harsh weather conditions or in search of job opportunities, etc.… it is often seen in the urban areas that the migrant laborers keep flowing in in search of new job opportunities. People from rural areas come to the cities mainly because of the failure of agriculture due to excessive rain, or floods, or the harsh droughts. Due to the rapid development in the cities, the laborers find a quick job in the construction sites. They have no permanent residence or a specific place to live. The problem with migration is that they move along with their entire family, which includes the children. The young children are the most affected in such movements are the children of such laborers who move along with their parents. They suffer from malnutrition, various health conditions and are also a victim to lack of Education.

Right to Education is a Fundamental Right in India, and every child between the ages of 6 to 14 years has the right to obtain primary Education. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, ensures that every child has access to free education, but this will be possible to be executed only if such a child resides in one particular locality. Since the child keeps changing residence, there is no specific school that the child gets to go and therefore suffers from incomplete Education. In their schools of origin, they are considered as a dropout when they move out of the place, and they are refused admission in the new school as they apply in between the academic years. Consequently, they are not a part of either of the schools and miss out on Education.

Lack of Education has harsh consequences on the younger generation. They are deprived of formal learning and are therefore trapped into the same profession of laboring as their parents. They are deprived of development of personality and intellect and they remain trapped in the same cycle of poverty. Due to the poor connection with schools and other educational institutions, they cannot make any valuable contributions to society. They can’t even understand their rights and duties towards the community and the environment.  There are several programs by the government, such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and the Samagra Shiksha. Still, these programs have not been successful enough to eradicate a lack of Education and poverty. The mindset of the parents of such deprived children must be changed, and they should be informed about the importance of formal education for the bright future of their children.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 05 Apr 2020 3:34am IST

Tags : #migrantlabouring #educatethepoor

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