Dear Esteemed supporters and Friends,
Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)!
With all your valuable support and guidance the rehabilitation centre is going on with all happiness and the children are doing well in our rehabilitation centre. We are very much thankful to all our generous donors who have spent their valuable time and money and coordinated everything for our children with their months and years of hard work. The result is, children are very happy and they are in our rehabilitation centre now, enjoying their time with their learning process and also growing each day with the skills needed for their life.
We have been able to continue this valuable mission with the generous help extended to us. The major achievement of this project is that importance of education has been well understood by the children and their parents which is evident in sending their children promptly to the rehabilitation centre and in discussing the progress of their children in studies with the teachers.
We give a brief description of the various activities carried out during the past academic year.
All the children who were enrolled in our centre were provided with 2 sets of school uniform along with that the education materials like note books, slates, pens, pencils, drawing books, time table books etc. for the children. We were also provided school bags for the children to carry their educational material. They were also provided with sports materials like carom, chess, ring, skipping ropes etc.
Education plays a vital role as this was the major task of our staff with a broad view of making our children to equalize their educational standards with the regular school going children. With the painstaking effort of our staff we were able to achieve our goal of bring back the children’s educational standard to the level of regular school going children. All our staff has paid a lot of effort in bringing out the academic excellence of our children. For this we have adopted several methodologies like seeing and understanding strategy, listening and understanding strategy, grouping of children according to their educational standards, systematic combined study, day-to-day review of the lessons have made the children increased interest in their studies.
During the earlier days of the project this computer serves as a primary component to initiate interest among the children in their studies. So we provide computer games during the initial stages of the project. Slowly they get more interest in sitting in front of computers and once they are interested we used to provide computer based tutorials in English and Mathematics. Computers have become an easy learning component for children. Most of the children in our centre learnt English and mathematics through computers. This is an essential tool to make children interest in studies as well as serves as a easy teaching methodology among children.
MID-DAY MEAL PROGRAMME
Children at our Rehabilitation Centre receive free, daily lunches, prepared by our employed cook in the rehabilitation centre. Children are provided with nutritious food like boiled rice with vegetables, dhal and pulses. Once in a week they were also provided with eggs. During the evening hours they were provided with biscuits. . Children at our rehabilitation centre look healthy and active throughout the year.
Conducted awareness generation programs on elimination of child labor through meetings for women groups, youth groups and school going children. We also have distributed leaflets and pasted posters in order to sensitize, and plan for the activities to be conducted for the Automobile Workshop, Hotel industry, Construction Industry, factories, Shops and Establishments with the motto of “Stop Child labour”.
With the activities as explained during this reporting period was an eventful period concerning the promotion and protection of child rights and providing quality education to the poor and downtrodden children. We are extremely happy as these poor children gets good education and moral support. All the Staff of HEARDS has put their painstaking effort and commitment for the growth of the rehabilitation center. And also this project reduces Child labor, Child delinquency and improves the knowledge, skill and potentialities and become useful future citizens of the nation.
The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS).
In India, teaching methods can get a little dry. I usually see kids memorizing and repeating and while that works, teachers at HEARDS are not just about teaching their kids, but leveraging games, activities and innovative methods to teach their students as effectively as possible. The children at HEARDS are rescued child labourers and so come with varied levels of ability and education. So, the teachers have the challenge of dealing with a mixed abilities classroom and teaching multiple subjects so that they are mainstreamed into public schools at grade 8.
I unexpectedly went during a state wide ‘bandh’ or public holiday for protests against state separation, so I could not meet students in class, but I still met teachers from two schools who gave me a complete overview of their curriculum and some of the activities that they use. The cook from one of the schools, has a child who is a HEARDS student and spoke about her experience. In the beginning her child used to work as well, but she is now really happy that her child is getting an education. The teachers also spoke about their advocacy work where they actively survey the community, and speak to factory owners to let go of their child labours if any. They even speak to the parents to educate them about the importance of education and do as much as possible to get the kids to school. They often face pushback, dismissal and even threats, but it doesn’t stop them from going back. They also spoke about the transformation of their children and that when they first come in, they don’t have the awareness of keeping their uniforms and bodies clean, and their role as teachers involves not just education inside classroom but also imparting life skills. This is what I call above-and-beyond service and commitment to children’s education.
Dear Respective Donors,
Greetings to you from HEARDS - India!
Training Programme and meeting for Staff and Teachers
A full day workshop was organized for the staff and teachers on the Right to Education (RTE) act, where we discussed in details how to carry forward the spirit of the law in the communities where we are presently involved. A staff meeting is held every month to reorient the staff, so that they gradually give up the black board method of teaching and enhance their own capacity to take up the issues and matters, which affect the daily life of the children. The teachers teach how to cope with the hazardous working environment and also how to take precautionary measures to avoid mishaps and sickness.
Infrastructure Development & Uniform Distribution:
HEARDS with the support of donors like you provided the classrooms with ceiling fans so that the children feel easy and comfortable and get motivated to study. They were also provided uniforms for their daily wear in school. These valuable gestures by donors is a way of making these deprived children that they are also important and have the right of being happy like other normal children.
Children are provided with the education materials like bags, note books, copy writing books, slates, pens, pencils, etc. along with the educational calendars which help efficiently in learning basic calculations and also to learn easily English and Telugu language (the local language).
The child labor rehabilitation center run for 7-8 hours a day, six days a week except second Saturdays. Using HEARDS specially developed Accelerated Bridge Course, the children were given intensive educational support to bring them up to the level necessary for them to be integrated into age appropriate classes. Progress was reinforced through regular revision and testing throughout the year. Support for children with learning difficulties – Teachers in both the centers provided one-to-one support for slow-learners or those with learning difficulties.
Computer Training for Children
It was happy that there was an additional educational component for the children. Two Computers were purchased along with the computer table and chairs. The children were started to give training on computers and all the children were very much happy to learn computers. We have a teacher who has undergone six months training on computer operation, word, excel, power point, drawings and painting and other general function of computer. At present this teacher were teaching basics of computers to the children. This programme has created more enthusiasm among children to learn more in education and also in computers. I assure you that this programme will help the children to be a computer literate and they can able to perform basic operations in computers before leaving this rehabilitation center.
Mid day meal is also one of the important motivational factor for parents to send their children to the rehabilitation center. Children in the center were given good nutritious food like rice with dhal, vegetables, pulses and leafy vegetables in all the working days. Eggs were provided once in a week to the children to make them healthier. The cook will follow the nutrition menu according to the guidance of the project coordinator and the center teachers.
We are happy to state that our effort of giving a new life to many deprived children is bearing fruits as seen in the performance of children in various exams and the number of children we were able to educate. We are grateful to all our various donors.
There is a significant difference happened in the life of those children who are enrolled in our rehabilitation centers at Prashant Nagar Colony. With these efforts we still continued the rehabilitation centers activities in a more innovative and intensive way. We have successfully completed the final quarter of this year by improving the level of educational standards, their habits and extra curriculum activities. This happened by way of providing easy based learning methodology through various educational kits which made children to play and learn. Like what we did in our previous quarter we have continuously provided nutritious mid-day meal for children.
The children have continued under the programme where calm studies continued through framed bridge school pedagogic methodology and implementation quality aspects in educational support. The orientation, counseling, special coaching classes, knowledge exploration, aptitude assessment, monitoring programs and information on education systems has been initiated effectively by our school teachers and the project coordinator.
The regular routine activities of the child labor rehabilitation center have strengthened by implementation of quality aspects in educational support. The rehabilitation centre model is an innovative and interesting strategy to demonstrate presence in communities. This model can be used for any vulnerable child who is either with his/her family or living with the employer. The centre helps to gradually remove the children from work and is their first step toward children’s reintegration in rehabilitation center or his/her family. It also helps us to gain in depth understanding of the profile of the children, the community and the work place. The concept of easy based learning methodology is that the children who have been recently enrolled have a background of ‘no education’ or ‘1st generation learners’. It is most likely that they may again go back to the zero learning level before they are even regular to school. To sustain their motivation to visit school, HEARDS child labor rehabilitation center is a place where hand-holding is done for these children, so that they are able to cope up with the daily class curriculum.
The success behind this project is totally because of the donors like you. So we expect your support in future to make this inevitable project a grand success. I request you to kindly pass on this message to your friends and relatives to make this a meaningful program.
With best wishes and fond regards,
Season Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)!
Thank you for your esteemed and valuable support towards the empowerment of the working children. I am hereby enclosing the progress report happened during this reporting period.
HEARDS started the child labour eradication programme with the support of GlobalGiving in Prashant Nagar Colony, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. Since from the beginning stage of the programme various types of programmes and strategies were designed and the programmes were implemented in the rehabilitation centre. Due to the multipronged strategies and the collective effort of the staff team and the community, the programme has yielded many positive results.
The child labour eradication programme was the very first programme of its type in our Chittoor, which has its main focus on children and the various other aspects related to the child development. For the first time in the history, despite of the district being a place where political clashes are common, people from different communities are educated to come together and work for the development of children without any prejudice or bias.
The programme had also created many changes in the life style of the people and children. Around 9 volunteers are trained to involve actively in the child labour eradication activities at the slum level.
The primary school enrollment campaigns and the seminar programmes, workshops conducted in the past days have created awareness at all levels about education and its importance. Though there are positive outcomes, still the programme is to be continued in the area for the follow up and to completely make the area child labour free.
Based on the inferences, that were noticed during the implementation of the programme at the field level slight modifications and additions are introduced in the strategies, especially newer training and seminar programmes have been included for the anti child labour committee members, the mothers club members and the staff to strengthen their community.
* To educate the people to understand the reality of child labour.
* To remove the children from workforce and readmit into regular school.
* To organise alternative education centers for working children.
* To motivate the parents to encourage children's education.
* To promote collective action in protecting the rights of the children.
* To propagate the need for eradicating child labour in the Prashant Nagar Colony.
* Running non-formal education centres for working children.
* Conducting primary school enrollment campaign.
* Orienting the regular primary school teachers and headmasters to involve in the child labour eradication activities.
* Educating the slum leaders to understand the child labour reality and prepare them to collaborate with other in the eradication of child labour.
* Organising public meetings on evils of child labour in the working villages of the target block.
* Sensitising the leaders of the people’s movement and trade union representatives.
* Motivating the children completed 5 years of age to join the regular schools.
* Motivating the drop out children below 15 years of age and enrolling them in the regular schools.
* Motivating the parents to encourage the school going children to continue their education.
* Organising sensitisation cultural programmes for the students, rural people, elected Panchayat representatives.
* 30 working children will be motivated and admitted for the non-formal education centre.
* Local primary school teachers will be trained on child rights to bring cent percent enrollment.
* All the college and school students will be sensitized with the child labour issues.
* The local representatives will be educated on the child labour issues and protection of child rights.
* 30 working children/drop out children will be helped to enroll in the regular scholls.
We have planned the project for three years. Since already a good rapport has been built with the people in the Block it is possible for us to continue the activities without much difficulty. The objective of the project is to make all the children sit in the school and hence the cooperation from the public will be always there.
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