Besides the scarcity of food and job, the large-scale diaspora of workers has pointed at the lack of education of migrant kids. As migrants walk back home, hundreds of school-going children remain bereft of learning, online or not. The phenomenon has subsequently increased the number of out-of-school children (OOSC). As per UNESCO released records, as many as 124 million children across the globe are without education, and 14 percent of whom happen to be Indians. This percentage of OOSC is going to expand on account of COVID-19 lockdown and school shutdown.
“Families from north-Karnataka and Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border are likely to return to the city and their children might get back to school. The worry is about those who have gone back to north India. Many of them may not return soon,” explained Rizwan Ahmed, Gubbachi Learning Centre.
The massive exodus prompted by the 21-day national lockdown has deprived thousands of children from food and basic hygiene. Some had bare minimum to eat, let alone study or learn.
In Odisha, the plight continues as lakhs of students in the rural regions could hardly benefit from hybrid learning process. Migrant labours who have returned to their homes in villages and suburbs, find the task of maintaining a family daunting. To these people, accessing online education for their children is a pipe dream.