July 13, 2012
Greetings to you from HEARDS – India!
HEARDS has been trying to bring up these working children who have been neglected through out the years by incorporating many activities and programs. We are trying to convey the message that every child is important and they have to be handled with utmost care, love and concern. To attain a good result we need to provide an unfailing and constant support to the children and the society. In this circumstance, HEARDS has organized many activities, especially in this reporting period for the children in the center and for the community.
The main objective of the project is to provide education facilities for the rescued child laborers from Prashant Nagar Colony, Chittoor district. At present 30 children are studying in the rehabilitation center. We are giving proper care, guidance and education to the children through various activities and programs. We have good and committed staff, who takes care to address the needs of the children especially the educational improvement in them. Besides this HEARDS reaches out to the community with well designed plan and activities for empowering the community to prevent child labor and school drop outs.
PROVIDING EDUCATION TO THE CHILDREN
HEARDS follows the play-way method in order to facilitate learning in the child labor rehabilitation center. The education program follows a child-centered activity method. The HEARDS methodology of teaching is oriented towards the teachers acting as facilitators and guides to the students. Our staff is putting their maximum effort to mainstream all the children to formal schools after they have successfully completed their early primary education.
To ensure that the children remain attentive and to make the class-work interesting, activities like singing, dancing, story telling and flash cards are used. It is our endeavor to create a liberal and child-friendly environment in the rehabilitation center and to make the school a non-authoritarian place. The children sit in semi circles while studying. For their singing and dance classes they sit in a circular formation. Hand-made educational materials are used.
Children were provided with the education materials like school bags, note books, slates, pens, pencils, copywriting books, mathematics table books etc. for the children. They are also provided with the sports materials like ring, skipping ropes etc. This year we have further purchased maps, educational charts, folding boards for the rehabilitation center.
HEARDS conducted three parents meeting in this reporting period. The meeting had the focus on mainstreaming and admitting the children to regular schools after their programme in the project. So the discussions were to motivate the parents adequately for taking up the responsibility for supporting their children’s education. We conducted the meeting in both the centers.
The meeting had the following structure.
Orientation for the parents conducted in the meeting for parents. It highlighted the value of education and role of parents in educating the children.
Discussion session was held with the parents. In this session, we asked the parents about the cause of child labour and the measures they could do to eradicate this evil from the society. It was surprising to note that many parents accepted the responsibility for sending their children to work. Majority of the parents accepted that their attitudes and bad habits are the cause of child labour.
Provided information about various schemes existing in the Government for the education of children
The action plan of education for each child was discussed with the parents and the child, and thus together the course of future education for the child was planned. Participation of the child and the parent was ensured in the meeting.
Cultural Activities performed by the children thrilled the parents and they were impressed by their performance and the remarkable improvement in them. This is also a motivating factor for the parents to support their child.
I request you to kindly share your ideas and comments about this project! Also, please tell your friends, family and colleagues about HEARDS accomplishments! I am hereby sending you a few pictures for your kind perusal.
With fond regards,
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