ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Dropping Out for a Drop of Water

The relationship between depleting water levels and school dropout rates is poorly studied. As chronic water shortages begin to affect more regions of the country, this trend will begin to appear more forcefully.

Devender, a 14-year-old boy from Kheeda village in Almora district in Uttarakhand State, studies in Class 8. He spends at least three hours a day fetching water for his family, often missing school or reaching late due to this chore. Fetching water also eats into playtime. The small hamlet of Kheeda had two streams in the past but these water sources have vanished due to deforestation in the last few years.

Like Devender, most of the 140-odd children of Kheeda village have to spend hours fetching water every day. They all trek three and half kilometres to the Ramganga River. Most children of the village, especially girls, have dropped out of school or have irregular attendance because of this responsibility. Kheeda is not the only village where children drop out because of acute water scarcity. The story is the same in many villages of the district which is not unique to the hills.

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