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Making friends through football
Indian school children
Children in India wave to their friends in Sunderland

North East school children are using the internet to communicate with children in a remote area of India with the help of Sunderland Football club.

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The school is being built in Chakarsi, in District J.P. Nagar, in Uttar Pradesh, approximately 130 kilometres north-east of Delhi.

The nearby villages are home to a very basic standard of living. Farming is completely un-mechanised, with virtually no motor vehicles at all, except for a few tractors. The labour is all manual

Families would like to send their children to school, but are prevented from doing so either because there is no free school, or because they do not want to send their girls to mixed-gender schools.
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Children who come into the classroom at Sunderland's Stadium of Light are being told about a project called Free School India.

Child working in the fields at harvest time
Many young children in India work instead of going to school

The charity is currently helping to build a new school in a village called Charkarsi, around a hundred miles North of India's capital city Delhi.

Around 40% of India's 40 million children don't go to school - and many of them work illegally instead.

Although education is free, items such as uniforms and school books, although cheap, are beyond the reach of the poorest families.

children in the classroom at the Stadium of light
North East children can send pictures and messages to India

Thanks to Free School India, the children of Chakarsi will soon have a brand new school to go to.

And thanks to Sunderland Football Club, those children will also be receiving photographs, drawings and messages of support from the North East of England.

Joanna Harma, from Thursby near Carlisle, went to India in March intending to stay for just a few months.

But after seeing the plight of local children, she decided to stay and set up a school offering free education to young girls who would otherwise go without.

Joanna Harma and school pupil
Joanna is helping the children of Chakarsi get an education

Joanna Harma says:"These are people who know nothing about the world outside.

"Thanks to this association with the football club, they will know that there are people out there who are thinking about them. It will make a huge difference to people living in this area, which is one of the poorest in India."

the school being built in India
The school begins to take shape

BBC producer Debby Waldron who went to Chakarsi to make two films for Look North says:

"The link with Sunderland Football Club will bring together two very different cultures, and establish a bond on a peronal level, not just an educational one.

"Filming in the classroom at the Stadium of Light, and then the village of Chakarsi, brought home to me how very lucky we are in this country to have such excellent facilities. Hopefully this arrangement will have a similar effect on the children."

You can find out more about the project at www.free-school.org

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