The aim of the Bridge School in Mudigere, Karnataka, is to encourage children of workers on the coffee plantations to start attending school, and learn within an informal environment that will enable them to join a regular school class in future.
Many of the workers on the plantations around the town of Mudigere are migrant workers, from within Karnataka state. The area produces cardamom, rice, pepper and betel leaf, although it is coffee that is the greatest source of revenue. A male plantation worker receives Rs150 a day (approximately £1.50). A female plantation worker receives Rs120 (approximately £1.20).
Children of coffee plantation workers often do not attend school, or have a high drop-out rate. In Mudegire, the government primary school used to be a model school. Previous students include government ministers, who, unfortunately, have not contributed to the school since they have left. Many other children in the town go to private schools. Only those who cannot afford to pay, the children of the plantation workers, street loaders, and daily labourers, go to the government school.