Community Evening Schools

In the tribal lands of Northeast India many children cannot go to school. They have to work or must take care of their younger siblings. Without education, access to the job market remains blocked for them. Therefore, in particular the young women are highly motivated to learn. Presently, almost 9.000 youths attend the evening schools of Childaid Network in Northeast-India. For the first time they learn reading, writing and arithmetic. Infrastructure standards are simple, teachers are recruited from the same cultural background. For 100 Euros a month we can transform an entire village. In the meantime we have expanded the program significantly and train 300 teachers on a continuous basis. External evaluations confirm: Almost 1,000 alumni girls and boys of our schools have moved into leadership positions in their villages. More than 18,000 have acquired self-confidence and basic capabilities. Presently, Childaid Network supports more than 200 schools of this type. Step-by-step a new generation of leaders is developed that shape the transformation process in the villages.

A second chance to Literacy

Without education tribal people are frequently exploited and will remain trapped in the vicious circle of poverty. Children work in the fields or as daily labour. They look after the younger siblings at home or herd the goats. As a result, they cannot attend school and and so are kept in poverty.
Education breaks this vicious circle. Together with its partners in Northeast-India Childaid Network has designed a program that provides young people between 12 and 25 years, who have either never started school or have dropped out early, with a second chance to attain basic education in evening schools. In addition to reading, writing, arithmetic and some English language skills, the youths will also acquire knowledge on hygiene, medical care and improved agricultural techniques.

Concept for sustainable village-centered change

As the ultimate beneficiary, the village community is involved in every step of the process. The sustainability of the project results from an increased awareness of the value of education in the poorly educated tribal societies. Our long-term goal is to make our support redundant. In general, young people attend the evening classes up to four years. By then all students are able to read, write, and understand basic arithmetic. As parents learn to value the education of their children, they help regular daytime village schools improve and send younger siblings to school regularly. After a while the evening schools will no longer be needed and can then be stopped.

Highlights 2017

  • New school clusters in the mountains of Meghalaya
  • Standardized tests of learning progress for all pupils
  • Advanced methodological training for teachers
  • Help with the application for birth certificates and bank accounts
  • Increased awareness in the villages
  • Combination with offers for vocational education and training
  • Training in organic farming

Our project regions in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur (Northeast-India):

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Evening schools and teachers

Supervisors and mobile teachers

Parents in village education councils


Project budget 2017



  • The project was piloted in 2007 and gradually expanded
  • A total of € 1.2 million was invested in this program
  • We are currently supporting 234 evening schools in seven regions with an average attendance of 40 pupils
  • So far, more than 20,000 young people have received a basic school education
  • In 200 villages we were able to discontinue our assistance, as state primary schools are now functioning well

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