Across India, this is the problem we are seeking to solve.
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have the soft skills
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Children and young people are the future of our world. India has the largest number of young people in the world, nearly half of the country’s population.
To make the most of this enormous demographic potential, we need to fight poverty and unemployment – the twin nemesis that threaten to turn India’s demographic dividend into a disaster, where there are 600 million young people living below the poverty line. The number of unemployed young people in India is 29.5 million!
The fight against poverty begins at school. Enabling children to complete secondary education, imbuing them with life skills like teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and making them more resilient to the fallouts of poverty, will set in motion the process to undo poverty. Magic Bus, with the help of its unique and award-winning, sports and activity-based curriculum does just this. Greater self-efficacy and resilience among children would mean that we are building their ability to delay the age of marriage in a country where 30% of girls still get married before they turn 18. This also means most of these children, equipped with a secondary education and aspirations for a better career, will seek out skill-based training to get a job, further turning the wheel that will push them out of poverty.
Magic Bus’ Livelihood program comes in to play at the age of 18, helping young people build the right skills to get a job in the private sector.
The success of the Childhood to Livelihood model is seen in the lives of 375,000 children and young people across 22 states of India.