Hundreds of children are living in carpet factories and helping their parents or guardians in daily chore like cooking, washing dishes, taking care of younger babies or doing nothing. Most of them are already of school-going age or even older. Some of these children are there without their parents are not enrolled in schools, while some have parents but they are economically very poor to send their children to schools. These children, if not sent to schools, will join the industry sooner or later as child labourers.
Nepal GoodWeave Foundation (NGF) has formulated a set of criteria and procedure to enrol these children in a gradual manner in public schools. (NGF) goes into a one-to-one agreement with parents/guardians for specific support from (NGF). This scheme is being implemented with direct involvement of GoodWeave inspectors, expecting a positive change in perception and attitude of factory owners and workers towards the inspectors in general and GoodWeave in particular. Often, these inspectors are perceived to be acting as police looking for child labourers, but of no help for out-of-school children that are living in factories. NGF often finds difficulty in convincing people why it is only working for child labourers and not doing anything for nonworking children and workers in carpet factories.
Since 2001, NGF has been sponsoring carpet worker’s children for schooling and a total of 528 have benefitted from this programme among whom, 167 children are still receiving NGF support under this programme. They are studying in different schools near their factories and are studying in classes starting from kindergarten to grade X.