Making up for lost time to get education

Making up for lost time to get education

It was all going well for Ajay and his family. The 12-year-old boy was studying in a private school, enjoying his cricket sessions and dreaming of playing for the Indian team, like his hero Virat Kohli.

Ajay’s father, Rakesh has a furniture workshop. To curb family expenses, Ajay’s mother stayed with her in-laws in the family’s village home.

“Ajay ka papa itna nahin kamate the, isleye main gaon mein rehti thi” (Ajay’s father did not earn that much, so I stayed in the village) says Bhuri, Ajay’s mother.

Rakesh wanted his son to get the best education and enrolled Ajay in a private school. “Iske papa isse ache school main padhna chaite the” (Ajay’s father wanted him to study in a good school) Bhuri added.

The furniture workshop was not faring well. The family had to cut expenses, which in-turn led to Ajay missing school for an year.

Bhuri then came to know about EFRAH an organization where children who have dropped out from school are enrolled back under the Right to Education act.

In the last months of 2011, Ajay attended EFRA’s Non-Formal Education (NFE)  programme, where he attended classes for class four. In the academic session of 2013-14, he was enrolled in a government school in class five. 




Find out how Oxfam India is enabling communities by working to provide a life of dignity and equal opportunity for all.Get to know more about Oxfam India`s latest projects.

Read More

Related Stories

Humanitarian Response and DRR

18 Apr, 2019


Oxfam India in Kerala: Voices from the Ground

In 2018, Kerala was hit by the worst floods in a century. More than 400 people lost their lives and lakhs of people lost their homes and livelihoods.

Read More

Social Inclusion

05 Apr, 2019


Phulme Majhi - Building a collective strength towards equality

Bandpari, home to Phulme is a small hamlet in the Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district of Odisha.

Read More

Gender Justice

19 Mar, 2019


United Voices against Alcoholism

This is the story of Kandhamal District, Gunjigaon, Odisha where Oxfam India's partner ISD is working with a women's group.

Read More


19 Mar, 2019


Nandini's mother helps fortify her daughter's future

9-year-old Nandini was born into a family of Musahars in Bihar.

Read More