Learning Centres for Dalit Children – India

Children on the Edge

Making a difference for marginalised children living on the edge of their societies around the world



Start Year:


Run Time:

3 years

Participant Age:

6-11 years, 11-16 years

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What is Co-Funding?

Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

Children on the Edge (COTE) deals with a wide variety of issues ranging from poverty, ethnic cleansing, conflict, child labour and natural disaster. COTE works with local partners to provide training, advice and support to develop effective systems and processes.


The ALMT is supporting COTE in a three-year partnership to work in partnership with a passionate Indian NGO to provide education centres for 280 marginalised Dalit children living in rural communities in Bihar State. Bihar is the poorest states in India and has one of the highest concentrations of Dalit people. 81% of its population are suffering from poor health and nutrition, lack of access to education and substandard living conditions. In order to organise and motivate positive change, COTE and its local partner have developed an approach to engage with both children and the broader community. Education centres provide quality education, ensuring that marginalised children become literate, numerate and aware of their rights. The goal of these centres is not only to educate, but to instil in each child a sense of their value and ability to determine the course of their lives. Centres are located centrally in each community in order to encourage student attendance as well as serve as hubs for other civic activities.

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