What We Do
The Magic Bus Curriculum
that children and young people love to play.
What we do in our special Magic Bus sessions is harness each child’s love of play to teach important life lessons that will, in both the long and short term, help them move out of poverty.
Here’s an example:
Our session is all about encouraging children to ask for help when they need it, and to encourage them to help others.
The children are introduced to our game: “Mother Goes To Market”. For this game, two teams of participants must put on some baggy clothes, race across to a chair with a big bottle of water on it, take a drink of water and then race back to their teammates. There, they must take off the baggy clothes and pass them onto a teammate where the process starts again. The game ends when every member of one of the teams has completed the course.
Once each round is complete, the participants come together to discuss their experiences. What was it like when you didn’t receive help? Was it easier when you did? They are then encouraged to think about these experiences with real world examples, to show them how important it is to ask for help, or when to give it, when it’s needed.
Many of our CYLs attended Magic Bus sessions themselves when they were younger, proof of what the right kind of support can achieve.
The Magic Bus Livelihood Programme
What makes our Livelihood Programme different is the focus on the individual. We give them the support necessary for them to achieve their goals, whether that’s attending higher education, starting their own business, or working for a company.
Most importantly we ensure that the participant’s future is sustainable and will allow them not only to survive but prosper.
One of the best measures of our impact is school attendance, as the best way of ensuring a child can escape poverty is by ensuring they receive an education.
While school enrolment in India is high, actual rates of attendance are relatively low. Magic Bus is tackling this problem head on, and the impact is clear.
School Attendance - Indian National Average
School Attendance - Magic Bus Participants
Despite government efforts to prevent it, child marriage continues to plague many communities in India. Forced into marriage against their will, many girls are trapped in abusive relationships and are unable to pursue their dreams.
Gender equality and the eradication of child marriage are two of Magic Bus key principles and we’ve made enormous strides. By empowering girls and young women to stand up for themselves and seek their own futures, Magic Bus is ensuring fewer and fewer girls become trapped in the nightmare of child marriage.
Girls Married Before the Age of 18 in India
Girls Married Before the Age of 18 on the Magic Bus Programme
Nationally, only 19% of young people have salaried jobs in India.
In 2017 alone, Magic Bus has helped over 5,000 young people get into sustainable employment or higher education.