When we started Calcutta Connect in 2010 one of the first areas we began to provide support to was assisting older students complete their education by removing the financial barrier which so many students from poorer backgrounds face. Education is free under Indian law until the end of Class VII however the final four years of school are not and the costs can escalate quickly in the final years putting pressure on poorer families and resulting in students dropping out.
In Calcutta Connect we provide sponsorship to students in the final years of their education to remove this financial barrier and to further enhance the prospects of these students by assisting them to complete their education. We have been supporting older students in this way for a number of years now and have already seen the benefits of this assistance with greater number of students reaching the latter stages of their secondary education.
This year we are proud to support to support 90 students in the final years of their secondary education. The students we support in 2017 come from both PRDS and the Friends of Calcutta centres.