Access to primary education is a basic right of every child. Yet globally, more than 58 million children of primary school age are not able to attend school. The reasons for this vary: remoteness, poverty, conflict, natural disasters, government instability and different forms of exclusion.

Several million of these out-of-school children are in India, despite it being a country which provides free and compulsory education. The problem is most evident in a handful of states, such as Bihar.

Several million of these out-of-school children are in India, despite it being a country which provides free and compulsory education. The problem is most evident in a handful of states, such as Bihar.

Bihar is home to an estimated 120 million residents, half of whom are aged under 25. Of all Indian states, Bihar ranks lowest on the Human Development Index.

11% of primary school aged children in Bihar have never attended school, and 49% are at least two years behind their age standard. The state also struggles with teacher absenteeism.

Efforts to increase school engagement for Bihar's most disadvantaged children have not improved retention rates or learning outcomes. These efforts often overlook the child's specific circumstances.

Efforts to increase school engagement for Bihar's most disadvantaged children have not improved retention rates or learning outcomes. These efforts often overlook the child's specific circumstances.

In response, Schoolgoers is working with the residents of Ghonghariya village to build an English-medium school for children from the local panchayat. The school will provide a solid educational foundation for students, whilst also considering individual needs and circumstances. Stage 1 construction (two classrooms + bathrooms) commenced in September 2020.

Two Schoolgoers directors made a site inspection in May 2022 and are pleased to report that the structure is now complete, with work underway to install windows and doors, render/plaster, complete plumbing and electrical work, paint, and furnish the classrooms. The school is due to open by the end of 2022.​

Two Schoolgoers directors made a site inspection in May 2022 and are pleased to report that the structure is now complete, with work underway to install windows and doors, render/plaster, complete plumbing and electrical work, paint, and furnish the classrooms. The school is due to open by the end of 2022.

Location

Main Road
Ghonghariya Village, Gaya
Bihar 824231

Get in touch

info@schoolgoers.org

Karu Yadav s/o Mangar Yadav
Bakraur Village, Gaya
Bihar, India 824231

Our credentials

Schoolgoers Pty Ltd (Australia)
ABN: 46 601 760 749

Schoolgoers Education Foundation India
CIN: U80904BR2017NPL035071