Illiterate Children Program - Bookless Children
Uneducated Children Project’s Poster – A child deprived of going to school is thinking of her future.
Children with no access to education due to different reasons including poverty, forced labor children, lack of identity papers, unawareness, addiction of parents, and other such reasons.
First priority: Provision of educational possibilities and elimination of obstacles for children in legal-school-age to attend official schools.
Second priority: Provision of educational possibilities and elimination of obstacles for children above legal-school-age to attend schools as well as provision of compact courses for them and assisting them to take part in non-attendance educational system until the time they reach the level of coping with official educational system and thereby continue their studies.
Third priority: Provision of educational possibilities and elimination of obstacles for children above legal school age who cannot attend schools or due to family and cultural restrictions cannot allocate much time for education.
Fourth priority: Provision of certain consultations and educational courses for the parents of the children, and promoting level of knowledge and culture among all their family members.
The project needs:
Bookless Children are innocent children, who due to being born in poor and ignorant families are deprived of rights which other children easily enjoy. Regarding that these children mostly live in criminal areas and trouble stricken vicinities of cities, their chance of being pulled towards troubles is much more than other children. Therefore, their attendance in schools must be followed up more seriously.
Currently, no entity or organization in the country is responsible to follow up cases of the children without Iranian identity certificates. Also there is no solid law for this purpose and the existing laws have no guarantee for being enforced. Hence, the parents and/or guardians of these children easily stop them continuing their studies.
Lacking the possibility of enjoying knowledge, education, and necessary skills to live, will cause the existing situation of these children to continue in the future, and they may treat their children similarly. The fact that the parents of the parents of these children were also illiterate and deprived of education proves that this circle may continue.
Statistics of uneducated children:
According to 2006 census, there are 3.5 million uneducated children in Iran. Literacy Movement reports in another contradicting statistics that there are 1.8 million, 6 to 16 year-old children deprived of education. According to a Hamshahri Newspaper report there are 9.8 million illiterate people in the country and it can be deduced that half of them are children in school-age. It seems that the Government has no provision to cover these children.
Although it seems that the main objective of Ministry of Education is to take care of thee children left out of educational system, according to these statistics even this ministry has failed to perform 30 percent of its obligations that is covering everybody under its compulsory education.
Amir Hossein, the ex-child labor, is happy at Khaksefid House of Knowledge.
Uniformity of Project Bookless Children and the Third Millennium Goals (MDGs)
Achieving the objectives set in every community depends on the community’s capability of human resources in fulfilling the functions assigned to them and their conformity with their changing environment. Implementation of education and promotion of human resources makes it possible for individuals to continue their activities effectively in proportion to the changes in their community and environment and increase their capabilities. Thus, training and improving the abilities, continued efforts and planning for upgrading efficiencies of a society’s members and their activities are among responsibilities of the macro management of the country.
With a look at the objectives in the “Millennium development Goals”, it may easily claims that achieving any of these objectives needs a proper infrastructure in the society and education is one of the main elements of that. The need for education is a main issue in either one of the 8 proposed objectives. By having an aware society it would be easy to desirably have access to the objectives.
Apart from the objectives of the MDGs, Iran has a 20-year-outlook according to which by 2025 the country should gain an acceptable rank among the regional and world countries in terms of science production, technology, and so on.
One of the most important objectives of the Project “Bookless Children” is to locate children deprived of education and provision of the conditions for them to study. This will be done by IAPSRS as an NGO. This project can also be considered as a means of informing the society on what goes on inside it as well as serving as a stimulus to activate governmental entities in line with eradication of this common pain. This project, both directly and indirectly, is in line with most of the United Nations Third Millennium Goals. The project considerably helps the country development and prevents injection of illiteracy to the society. As most of the target children in the project are from deprived families, it seems that promotion of literacy among these children will promote their standards of living, which in turn is in line with other objective of MDGs. Illiteracy and low literacy among mothers has an enormous impact on increasing different disease.
Khaksefid House of Knowledge, children are studying.
A report on progress of the Project “Uneducated Children”
Uneducated Children Organizational structure:
In the first step, the team members identifies target children in deprived areas, like Khaksefid, Darvazeghar, Shoush, Molavi, and so forth.
Investigation and research team:
This Team undertakes researching on issues such as psychology, poverty and their causes on societies, prepares educational packages in conformity with the environmental and family conditions of these children, and holds seminars concerning uneducated children.
They review existing educational rules and regulations, take action and follow up acquiring ID for children lacking it, and prepare reports on offences and punishments concerning addiction and narcotics sale.
This team attracts the volunteer teachers to educate children, to be covered by this project, and help them catch up with other children of their age and enter official schools as soon as possible.
Houses of Knowledge
“Illiterate Children Project” has founded some Irani houses in deprived areas that the project is held. These houses are called “Houses of knowledge” and children who are deprived of continuing their studies are helped to get back to schools. Children with no identification certificate are helped to have one and be able to register their names in official schools. Also, in these houses children who cannot go to schools are taught official school’s lessons by volunteer teachers. Two of these houses are working now in “Khaksefid” and “Darvezeghar” vicinities in Tehran. And more than 150 students are studying in these two houses and receive educational and legal helps and food and medical cares.
Fatemeh, the child labor, is exercising Persian Alphabet at Darvazeghar House of Knowledge