Dropout rate is defined as the proportion of children that cease to remain enrolled in the schooling system. At the upper primary level, the total dropout rate for the year 2004-5 was 50.39. We collected data for 250 students in Delhi. The causes for dropping out of school that emerged from this data collection are as follows:
We pondered long and hard about how this appalling state of affairs can be remedied. The following are some major ideas that came up:
The programme will assist those who are on the verge of dropping out by helping them out with their studies; help those who have dropped out by teaching them and trying to get them back to school; and help those who can't go to school by equipping them for life educationally. That which lies at the heart of the scheme is that the van will be with the students at a time of their convenience. If adequate funds are raised, we would also like to provide nutritious food to the children.