“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai.
Children are like clay. We can mold them into any shape and form just by our actions or our words. If we take the time to educate children, FTS and our partners believe that many lives will change, for the better. That’s why our team in India has been working with secondary schools in Bhadohi and Mirzapur to raise awareness on safe international migration.
Did you know that migrating for work can be dangerous? Many times traffickers will pose as recruiters or employers and deceive thousands of migrants looking for legitimate work. These traffickers trick people that are searching for new opportunities into working in harsh conditions with little or no pay.
In order to protect future generations from the dangers of migration, our partners in India, MSEMVS, have developed educational tools to help students understand fair labor. The educational tools include a comprehensive list of things like important checklists for potential employment, resources available in various countries, resources available for migrants in India, and information about the roles of Protector General of Emigrants.
Now, MSEMVS and local CVC members are going to schools to share information that could save students’ lives! MSEMVS and CVC members have conducted sessions in two schools one in each district as of now. In Mirzapur, the session was conducted in ‘Ramapur Inter School’; 278 senior high students participated. In Bhadohi, the session was conducted in ‘Shree Hanumat Uchtar Madhyamik Vidyalaya’, Harinarayanpur, Bhadohi); 151 senior high students participated in the session.
The sessions began with the participants taking an oath to help and support migrant workers in need of help by providing knowledge and awareness on the ways to migrate safely. MSEMVS staff briefed the students about the Gulf countries after the students took the oath. The students were interested in knowing about the countries in the gulf and some of them were familiar with the names as their family members or relatives have migrated to these countries.
Many of the students shared about how their relatives have migrated to the Gulf by paying huge sums of recruitment fees to the unregistered agents. With the knowledge gained from these sessions, students can help anyone from falling into the trap of unsafe migration…