Formal Education for Adolescents (Mumbai)

Concern India Foundation supports a programme which addresses formal Education through the National Institute of Open School (NIOS) for adolescent children in the Govandi area of Mumbai. Initially the programme had started with around 100 children in 2011 and since then it has touched the lives of more than 654 children (through education) and 100 adults (through adult literacy) and enhanced the livelihood opportunities for more than 200 girls and boys through their Vocational Training. Families living at Rafiq Nagar are from lower socio-economic backgrounds and are uneducated. Children have grown up making quick money as rag pickers or scrap dealers and do not understand the need for education. It is populated with children who are majorly school dropouts or who have never been to school. Even if they have, earning to make ends meet is the reality of their lives. Lack of education among these children will again result in deprivation of basic needs and low standards of life. Education is critical to social and economic development and has a profound impact on the overall mind set of an individual. This community which was rampant with illiteracy had 20 children passing out of Std X in 2017 and entering college. The programme aims at providing children with an opportunity for holistic development and to encourage school dropouts to complete schooling and opt for higher education. In conclusion, the programme equips children with essential life skills in addition to literacy and numeracy skills so as to live a life of dignity once they grow up