42% of children drop out of school before Class VIII
Increasing attendance and retention in schools through safe, healthy and child friendly environments which allow children to unlock their potential.
Hygiene and Sanitation through adequate infrastructure and behaviour change.
Holistic Education With creative opportunities and focus on literacy and numeracy skills.
Participation of children, parents and community towards children’s learning, well-being and school development.
Equality By ensuring all children can study in an inclusive environment.
Safety through information and education on prevention, and protection of children from sexual, physical and emotional abuse and exploitation.
1. Hygiene and Sanitation
Understanding of hygienic sanitation practices, adequate infrastructure and facilities, and the resources to maintain these are the pre-requisites for children to remain healthy and stay in school. Consistent and simultaneous presence of all three can help to resolve many hygiene issues.
Activities: Adequate infrastructure. Behaviour change and action workshops with children.Awareness amongst parents on best practices and community campaigns.
2. Holistic Education
Holistic education, in this context, is defined by an environment that is embracing, progressive and scientific - that gives children an easy access to schools with opportunities to develop their intellect, emotional, social, physical and creative potential.
Activities: Surveys and campaigns to enrol out-of-school children in schools. Literacy and numeracy programme. Hands-on workshops with teachers and children on science and model making. Library for reading development, and amplifying platforms that encourage children to harness talents such as performing arts, sports and debates.
Stakeholders in a child’s life are the pillars of their education. Absence of one of these pillars can damage the entire structure. There is a need for a shift from capitulation to ownership and delivery of responsibilities towards the self and others. Because if all stakeholders act with the best interests of the child, then the system of education will sustain.
Activities: Capacity building of School Management Committees. Empower children to lead change through Bal Sabha. Facilitate structured and successful parents and teachers’ meetings.
‘Education for all’ can only be achieved when consistent, diverse and firm actions are taken to respond to the attitudes and practices that hinder equal respect and opportunities for all children.
Activities: Promote non-discriminatory practices amongst children. Campaign with parents against gender discrimination. Provide training and support for special educators. Create community campaigns to promote equal opportunities for all children.
Safety should be the prime statement of every school. Children demand of an environment, which propels and inspires them to give their best - unhindered by any lurking apprehensions or fears.
Activities: Awareness and education on the prevention of exploitation and sexual emotional and physical abuse. Parents and teachers education on laws and action to prevent and protect children from abuse. Community campaigns on creating a safer environment for children.