Education Programme for Children (Delhi)

The children of this community largely come from families who have moved from villages of different states to the cities for jobs, better prospects and in search of better standards of living. The children of these families do not attend school and are often found playing on the streets or working as casual labourers to supplement the high cost of living in urban slums. Many who have studied in their native villages in a different regional language find it difficult to cope with a completely new language here and often either drop out of the education system or are uncertain about where to begin. Staying out of the education system deprives them of job opportunities and the cycle of inadequacy and poverty continues. Being vulnerable to exploitation of different kinds these children grow with deep rooted complexities that are difficult to deal with for any child. Ambedkar Vihar is close to Noida’s main commercial area and is the oldest centre and also the largest. Most people are from different parts of the country who settled, in this settlement colony (earlier called HarijanBasti) with their families many years ago. The population consists of shopkeepers, vegetable vendors, painters, drivers, electricians, carpenters and plumbers. Most mothers also work as domestic help / cooks. Their average family income is Rs 10000 to 12000/- that needs to cater to an average family size of 5 to 7 members. Most households have both parents working to meet the high cost of living in Noida, this leads to children being exposed to vulnerable situations. In Vartika most of these children are first generation learners with very limited exposure. The community is primarily non-migratory in nature and belong to the villages close by. Most are either into small businesses or are into odd jobs. Average monthly family income is Rs 6000 to 8000/- that needs to cater to an average family size of 6 to 8 members. Most families who belong to the village have been living here since many years. They have had agricultural/ancestral land that has been sold for infrastructure projects to the government/builders and many of the male members don’t work for a living. Some are relatively better off as they have continued to add to their family income however there are some who have spent all the money, depleted all resources from land sale and are financially in a very challenging situation with large family sizes and aging family members. The project tries to bring change through the following objectives: To initiate children into an education process from Nursery to Class VI and empower them to think for themselves and take meaningful life decisions.. To provide quality education to the children and prepare them for mainstream schools for higher education (IX and above). To enable children, from Nursery to Class V, to use digital content for academic enrichment through usage of computers, integrated within their academic curriculum. To capacitate teachers on computer skills so that it can be integrated effectively and efficiently into the curriculum.