Andhra Pradesh figures prominently among Indian states with high rates of rural labour migration. According to National Sample Survey 1999-2000, it was estimated that there were 11.07 lakh people who have migrated into Andhra Pradesh and also 11.59 lakh people migrated out of Andhra Pradesh, though conservative estimates’ by civil society reports put the number at 20 lakh. Drought, failed crops and lack of work in villages forces families to migrate for several months every year in search of work merely to survive.
In pursuit of implementing Right to Education Government of Andhra Pradesh has identified education of migrant children as one of priority issues to be addressed to make ‘Education for All’ a reality. In this regard Rajiv Vidya Mission, Dept. of Labor, Government of Andhra Pradesh and National Child Labour Project (NCLP) jointly with Aide et Action South Asia is initiating a mission of mapping of children of intra and interstate migrant labours in all 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh. 52 Non Governmental Organizations and 11000 volunteers are getting involved in this massive month long process, first of its kind in India An estimated 20 lakh migrant population data will be generated through this process. The exercise will bring out a state action plan which will result in improving the quality of life of children of migrant families through education at source and destination areas of migration. Aide et Action draws its experience of running schools for migrant children in three states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Tamilnadu, covering 30 schools and 2000 children.