Reason for the Scholarship Project
In a recent study it has been found that 12% young people dropout and never get into higher education. India, in the last four years have witnessed 24% growth in poverty gap. The country is facing an all-time high in unemployment. To top it all the COVID 19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges. In West Bengal, people have been doubly hit because of the mayhem created by super cyclone Amphan. Some of the worst hit in both these tragedies are ultra-poor living in the remote corners of the state. In order to achieve sustainable wellbeing of marginalized communities, it is often found to be effective that the systemic problems are dealt collectively rather picking solitary issues and challenges.
West Bengal ranks as 4th. Most populous state in India, with a Human Development Index rank of 10 in India. Although West Bengal boasts of 88% enrolment in government schools, the second highest in the country, only 20% girls are found to complete their secondary education.
The state has one of the highest government investments in social development sector. Economic growth has happened in the state based largely on agriculture and construction. This has led to a rise in number of casual workers engaged in formal as well as informal sector.
Waymark, in its own capacity, over the last few months has reached out to communities and provided relief to some of these communities. One of the key observations has been the despair among children and young adults for the loss of their education materials.