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From Child Labour to a chance at school(Jan-Mar14)

Drawing Book Distribution -1
Drawing Book Distribution -1

Child Friendly Spaces PROGRESS REPORT

(January – March, 2014)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals. 
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (January – March, 2014)

For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. A new centre was opened in the month of March in the Vejalpur area. Thus currently we have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. Children celebrated the Republic Day and Holi during the three months. The students from Lycee International School France and did various activities with the children of one centre. Colouring Books and School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, a new teacher was enrolled in the month of January as the older teacher resigned. In Gujarat the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 10 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction, shapes and sizes and colours.

The children were taught about the importance of cleanliness. In games the children played the games of Volleyball, Kho – Kho and catch. The children were taught about colours with the help of newly given colouring books to them, information about Utrayan and Republic Day was given to them. 14 students from Lycee International School France visited the centre and did various activities with the children.  

SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, coloured the newly given books to them, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs.

Apart from these the children also learned about various animals and birds and their voices.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, the younger kids learned the numbers while the older kids learned about basic examples of addition and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids. Every Saturday drawing and colouring activities were done with children for the newly given colouring books to them. In sports and physical activities the children were taught standing up and sitting down exercise and the game of musical chair was played.

Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. The children were given information about the festival of ‘Utrayan’ and kites and sweets were distributed among them.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral

During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. In January the children were given kites on Uttrayan and on 26th January Republic Day the children sang the National Anthem.

In January 5 kids were selected by Coco – Cola Company and were taken on an exposure visit to their office where the children spent their day and did various activities and were given toys as gifts. In February the children were given colouring books and also basic school kits and were taught how to take care of them. The children celebrated the festival of Holi in March.

Umang Lamba

New children were enrolled in the centre in January. Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. For the children already coming to class even before January focus was given on them regarding words and their spellings. The children were taught to colour the books that were provided to them by a donor. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them. Puzzle games were played with children and also they were given information about the festival of Holi.

Ram – Raheem Tekro

Started in December this is also one of our new centers. During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.

Vejalpur

Our newest centre was started in March, 2014 in the Vejalpur area. 38 children were enrolled in classes. In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits.

CHALLENGES

 

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in March 14

Sr. No.     Name of the Centre                  No. of Children

                                                               Boy     Girl      Total

1              Fatehwadi                               22        29        51

2        Naroda- Swaminarayan park          27        22       49

3              Umang Lambha                       8          10       18

4       Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park       23       34         57

5        Vastral- Devnandan Supremus       23       40         63

6       Ram- Raheem tekro                        26        26        52

7        Vejalpur                                         18        20        38

                                          Total             147       181      328

 

Child Friendly Spaces (January 14- March 14)

                                                                             Newly Enrolled Children           Children enrolled to School

Sr. No.             Name of the Centre          Jan.14    Feb.14    Mar.14    Total     Jan.14    Feb.14     Mar.14     Total

1                           Fatehwadi                     20           11           10           41          -               -               -               -  

2          Naroda- Swaminarayan park             1           19           13           33         -               -               -               -  

3                  Umang Lambha                       4            1              1             6         -               -                -               -  

4      Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park             5           31           36           72        -               -               -               -  

5        Vastral- Devnandan Supremus             5           11           19           35        -               -               -               -  

6            Ram- Raheem tekro                       17             7           14           38        -               -               -               -  

7                           Vejalpur                           -               -             38           38        -              -              -               -  

                                   Total                         52            80          131          263        -             -              -               -  

 Activities

1) Colour book distribution

2) Student Exchange Programme of Mahatma Gandhi Internation School - Played games and conducted different game activities with Child Friendly Spces Children

Drawing Book Distribution -2
Drawing Book Distribution -2
Fatehwadi Class activity
Fatehwadi Class activity
Swaminarayan Park Naroda Class Activity
Swaminarayan Park Naroda Class Activity
Ram Rahim nu Tekru Class - Kit Distribution
Ram Rahim nu Tekru Class - Kit Distribution

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Attachments:
Jan 6, 2014

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Oct-Dec)

Kankariya Carnival Visit 1
Kankariya Carnival Visit 1

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES (CFS) PROGRESS REPORT
(October – December, 2013)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.
 
    Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
 
    Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
 
CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol the children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
 
The main and objective of this programme is to reach the children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (October – December)

For overall development of a child during October to December, 2013 various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. The month of October and November were not much active at some of the classes as the children went back to their native villages for the celebration of Diwali. Our two centres run in Khodiyarnagar area were shifted in the nearby vicinity and a new centre in the area Ram – Raheem tekro was opened for the children of these 2 centres. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. Children celebrated Diwali and Christmas, went to the Kakariya festival and warm clothes were provided to the children for the winter by many donors that approached Saath.  In October the children of all the centres went to Udaipur, Rajasthan for training for 3 days on the topic of Child Development.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, in Gujarati language the children learned various sentences, songs, stories and words. In English the children learned alphabets in capital letters and small letters and reading-writing numbers from 1 to 10. In Mathematics the children 10 to 100 numbers, basic examples of addition, subtraction and multiplication and tables.

The children learned about the festivals of Dashera and Diwali, importance of cleanliness and various national songs including the national anthem.  Various sport activities were done and the children drew pictures related to Diwali. In October the children took part in rally to create awareness regarding Malaria and made Diwali cards.

The children took part in a craft activity for making masks, celebrated Christmas and went to Kankaiya Carnival.
 
Khodiyar Nagar – 1

In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught to read and write basic alphabets of English, Hindi, Gujarati and basic Hindi Grammar along with it. The children wrote an essay on Diwali, made Diwali greeting cards and drew pictures related to it and coloured them. The children also learned about the celebration of Diwali and Navratri and sweets were distributed in children among the children during Diwali.
  
The children learned tables of 5 and 6 in mathematics. Various games were played and in October the children were taken for picnic to Kankariya lake. Also Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated on 2nd October and the children also did ‘Garba’s’ during Navaratri. A parents meeting was also during the period along with a health checkup of all the children at the centre.
 
At the end of November the children were shifted to the new centre at the Ram – Raheem tekro.
 
Khodiyar Nagar – 2

During the period of two months the children played various games such as Kho – Kho, Catch etc. Learning activities were carried out with the help of Charts and Pictures.

In Hindi the children learned the alphabets, name of the months and weekdays, simple mathematical examples, name of the birds their colours and voices and simple words. In English the children learned the alphabets.

A balanced diet was given to the children during this period and the festival of Diwali was celebrated in which the children drew various pictures related to Diwali. On the 18th October a parents meeting was also held for discussing the children development with their respective parents.

At the end of November the children were shifted to the new centre at the Ram – Raheem tekro.
 
SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, the kids were taught simple words and sentences and they learned about the Gujarati alphabets. Similarly the younger kids were taught the alphabets and basic words. In Mathematics the children were asked to fill identify numbers on the basis of pictures. In English the kids learned the alphabets and the basic grammer. Various songs were taught to children with storytelling activities.

Apart from this learning through charts was also done. The kids were taught the names of fruits, vegetables, vehicles, animals and their voices, parts of body etc. Information regarding Diwali was given to children and they were cautioned against using firecrackers during the festival. The festival was celebrated by children during which sweets were distributed among them. Many of the children at the centre went back to their villages during Diwali. Hence when they returned a meeting was done with their parents to inquire how the children spent their holidays and did they study back in the villages or not.

Various games and sports were played by the children during the three months as part of their outdoor activities. The children were also taken to Kankariya Carnival in the month of December.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, during the 3 month period the kids learned simple addition and subtraction examples, Gujarati and English alphabets and simple words and sentences in both the languages. The older kids were given to read and write the alphabets along with the addition/subtraction examples.
 
The children were taught the names of animals, importance of discipline, wishing ‘Good Morning’ – ‘Good Bye’ etc. Information regarding Diwali was given to the children and the children drew various pictures related to Diwali.  In December the Kaknakariya Carnival was visited by the children.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
 
During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences.
 
The children did various craft activities at the centre and they were about paper cutting techniques. The children celebrated Diwali and they were taught about precautions to be taken during Diwali and sweets were distributed among the children. Kankariya Carnival was visited by the children in December.
 
Umang Lamba

Kids were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, names of flowers, fruits, vegetables, birds and animals, domestic and wilds animals, colours and shapes. Many new children were enrolled in the class and slowly with the help of games, songs and storytelling these children were accommodated with the environment of the classroom.

The children were taught about the festivals of Diwali, Dashera and Navratri. During Navratri the children did Garba’s and during Diwali a drawing completion was organised among the children. The children were taken to the Kankariya Carnival in December.

Ram – Raheem Tekro

This is our newest centre where the students from the Khodiyarnagar 1 and 2 centers were shifted. In the month of December the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati language. The children learned simple words, various children songs were taught to them along with various sport activities. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.

The children of the centre were taken to the Kakariya Carnival which the children enjoyed the most.
 
CHALLENGES

    Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
    Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
    Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
    The attrition rates of students are increasing.
    Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
    Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in December'13

Sr. No.          Name of the Centre                                No. of Children                              Note
                                                                                    Boy    Girl    Total   
1                  Fatehwadi                                                  10    20    30   
2                  Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1                     -      -        -                 Centre’s closed in November’13
3                  Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2                     -      -        -                  Centre’s closed in November’13
4                  Naroda- Swaminarayan park                      17    23    40   
5                  Lambha- Umang Lambha                           9    18    27   
6                  Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park                  14    21    35   
7                  Vastral- Devnandan Supremus                   20    36    56   
8                  Ram – Raheem Tekro                                 8    19    27                  centre opened in December’13
                                  Total                                           78    137    215   

Child Friendly Spaces (October’13 – December’13)

                                                                          Newly Enrolled Children             Children enrolled to School
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre                      Oct.13    Nov.13    Dec.13    Total    Oct.13    Nov.13    Dec.13    Total
1            Fatehwadi                                        1              4             1             6           -             -               -            -
2            Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1          -              -               -             -            -             -               -            -
3            Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2          -              -               -             -            -             -               -            -
4            Naroda- Swaminarayan park             -              9             12          21          -             1              -            1
5            Lambha- Umang Lambha              10              2             10         22           -             -               -            -
6            Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park        -               4              21        25           -             -               -            -
7            Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        8               -               14         22          -             -               -            -
8             Ram – Raheem tekro                     -                -               27          27          -            -               -            -
                      Total                                       19           19              85         123          -            1              -          1

Kankariya Carnival Visit 2
Kankariya Carnival Visit 2
Kankariya Carnival Visit 3
Kankariya Carnival Visit 3
Kankariya Carnival Visit 4
Kankariya Carnival Visit 4
Cristmas Celebration
Cristmas Celebration
Sweater Distribution
Sweater Distribution
Fatehwadi Class 1
Fatehwadi Class 1

Links:


Attachments:
Oct 7, 2013

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Jul-Sept)

Fatehwadi Class
Fatehwadi Class


CHILD FRIENDLY SPACE PROGRESS REPORT
(July – September, 2013)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.
 

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.


CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol the children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (JULY – SEPTEMBER)

For overall development of a child during July to September, 2013 various activities were conducted at 7 child friendly centres. Following are the brief description of kind of activities conducted at various centres. During the period the CFS programme received donation of books, pencils, erasers and various other study materials. Hence, each of the children at the 7 different centres were given a school kit comprising of the basic education material.
 
Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, the children read and wrote different stories in Gujarati and learned some basic Gujarati songs. In English the kids learned the alphabets, numbers from 1 to 20 and names of the days. In Mathematics they learned to count numbers with the help of pictures and also basic examples of multiplications.

Festivals of Ramazan Idd, Rakshabandhan, Janmasthmi were celebrated along with the Independence Day on which the kids learned the National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’. The children drew pictures of various aspects of nature and the utensils used at home. Along with education they were provided nutritious fruits and snacks. For the physical development of kids various interactive games were also played.

In the month of July the children were taken to Gandhinagar for a movie by Aproch – Riverside school and in August a painting competition was held for children by one of our corporate partners. On the 17th of August a parents meeting was organised at the centre in which 20 parents were present who were given information about the importance of education and child care. The parents were also given information about the procedure for enrolling the children in school and were asked to contact the centre teacher if they faced any difficulties regarding admission of children in schools.

Khodiyar Nagar – 1
In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught to read and write basic alphabets of Hindi, Gujarati and basic Hindi Grammar along with it. Some new kids were enrolled in the centre and they were taught the basic alphabets, numbers and simple addition – subtraction examples from the beginning. The kids also learned with the help of various educational toys. Through different interactive games the kids learned about different colours and also how the combination of two or more colours will form a new different colour. The children were asked to draw various pictures of their own choice and colouring them appropriately in which children drew pictures of trees, houses, peacock, flower, elephant etc. The children also learned about domestic animals and their various uses. They were given information regarding different seasons of the year.

The festivals of Rakshabandhan and Janmasthmi were celebrated at the centre. On 15th August – Independence Day the children were taken to a nearby garden where they did various activities. In the month of July, due to Aamas month the children learned about it and also were given Farari meal that is usually taken during Aamas period. The kids were also taken to Gandhinagar for a film screening by Aproach – Riverside school on of our partners.

Khodiyar Nagar – 2
It is one of our newest centres recently opened in the month of June. During the period of three months with the help of charts the kids learned about various symbols of the nation. Also, the kids learned basic alphabets, grammar and numbers of three languages Hindi, Gujarati and English. They learned about drawing, storytelling and prayers. The children also celebrated the festival of Rakshbandhan and a flag hosting was done on 15th August – Independence Day.

SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, older kids were taught about the basic Gujarati grammar, reading and writing of sentences/paragraphs and tables from 1 to 11 to read/ write and learn by heart. Younger kids were taught basic alphabets, numbers and identifying the missing numbers from a sequence. All the kids together were also taught Basic English and Hindi alphabets and numbers and doing addition/subtraction.
The children learned about the names of the month, days of a week and about various seasons that are experienced in a year. They learned to identify different colours, counting of numbers with the help of various games. Several outdoor games were also played such as volley ball and football.

The children were taught about various parts of the body and their functions. They learned about names of the various birds and their voices, names of fruits and their specific tastes. The children were taught how to draw the national flag and crafts activities were also done in which children made paper boats.

SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Center, during the 3 month period the kids learned the basic alphabets and numbers of Hindi, Gujartai and English language. Moreover, Kids were given balanced diet that can lead to their physical and mental development. Various songs and stories based on moral were also told.

15th August – Independence Day was celebrated in which the kids learned the National Anthem of India.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
Kids were taught English alphabets. The kids learned about numbers, and doing examples of simple addition and subtraction. Also they were taught drawing and different words. The kids played various indoor and outdoor games.

The kids at the centre were given a balanced diet so as to support their physical and mental growth. On the 15th August – Independence Day was celebrated, where the kids sang the National Anthem and were given information about flag hosting.
 
Umang Lamba
In Umang Lamba, kids were taught basic alphabets and numbers. The kids were also taught to speak and write different words.  Also as the centre got new toys in July, various games were played with them to increase the counting abilities of the children.  Also the teacher visited various educational facilities in the area such as nearby government run pre-schools and met the local education correspondent of the government to learn about the situation of children of the locality and what could be done to improve the current situation.

In August, the centre was shifted to a new construction site. Due to festival of Rakshabandhan, while there were not enough children at the construction site as the workers had gone to their native villages for the festival but the number if children are expected to increase till Diwali. In the new centre as the kids were coming for the first time they were taught various children songs and children learned through various games. They learned to count with the help of games and about the names of different birds. The kids were given information about the festivals of Rakshbandhan and Janmasthmi and the Independence Day – 15th August on which chocolates were distributed among the kids. Also, 1 parents meeting was organised.

CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.



STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in September 13
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre    No. of Children
                                                 Boy    Girl    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                 12    23    35
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1    11    21    32
3    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2    10    12    22
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park         23    21    44
5    Lambha- Umang Lambha            10    16    26
6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park    10    6    16
7    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        15    24    39
                              Total                   91    123    214



Child Friendly Spaces (July 13 - September 13)
                                                      Newly Enrolled Children             Children enrolled to School
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre          Jul.13 Aug.13 Sep.13 Total    Jul.13  Aug.13 Sep.13 Total
1    Fatehwadi                                         5    -              12    17           1        3             -      4
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1          8    2               3    13            -          -            -        -
3    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2            -    -                2    2             -         4             -      4
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park               7    4             15    26           1       -               -      1
5    Lambha- Umang Lambha                  1    16              10    27         -          -            -        -
6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park           15    6               6    27          -          -            -        -
7    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus               -    8                  9    17        -          -            -        -
                                 Total                           36   36              57    129    2            7         -        9

EXPECTATIONS
We are looking at fund raising of Rs. 1.48 crores in next two years for education children from slums, child labourers and children of labourers on construction sites. The cost of running one education centre is Rs. 2 Lakh per year.

FUTURE GOALS
To reach out to at least 3,000 child labourers and children of labourers and providing quality education in at least two more slums in Ahmedabad.

Khodiyarnagar 2 Class
Khodiyarnagar 2 Class
School Kit Distribution -1
School Kit Distribution -1
School Kit Distribution -2
School Kit Distribution -2
School Kit Distribution -3
School Kit Distribution -3
Children Visit the Park
Children Visit the Park
Children Visit the Park-2
Children Visit the Park-2

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Jul 2, 2013

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Apr-Jun)

Fatehwadi
Fatehwadi

Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) Report April - June 2013

Saath Charitable Trust

SAATH was registered as a Public charitable Trust in 1989, Saath started the Integrated Community Development Programme, an approach that seeks to turn slums into vibrant neighbourhoods. SAATH caters to the multiple needs of the poor at once by providing them with one-stop centers, through which slum residents have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing.

Saath invests in human capacity of persons to manage their programmes in their communities. Communities co-invest with Saath and donors by and for the programmes, deciding and implementing them. Saath engages Institutions, Corporates and Individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters of integrated development in India.
 

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  •  Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.


CFS

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol the children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

Objective of the Programme

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

Impact

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have steered more than 2000 child labourers and children of labourers back into formal schooling systems.

Quarterly Status of CFS (April – June)

For overall development of a child during April to June, 2013 various activities were conducted at 7 child friendly centres. Following are the brief description of kind of activities conducted at various centres.

Gupta Nagar

The Vasna - Guptanagar centre was temporarily on hold as the teacher running the centre was sick and had to undergo an operation. A new teacher was recruited in the place and classes started running but the availability of children in the area was very low. There were many different schools active in the area. Also, a survey of the area was done by students of Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute for Saath. In the survey they found that there are less than 10 child labourers in the area and hence it was not feasible to run a class as already schooling facilities are available in the area. Hence, the centre was closed.
 
Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, Teachers taught basics of alphabets of Gujarati, English and Hindi and story reading. Children also learned to read/write numbers from 1 to 10 and simple addition, subtraction and multiplication examples. The kids also learned to write essays on animals like cow, elephant etc.
 
They were taught about the diversity of our country India. They learned about the monsoon season, names of months, names of fruits and played games various indoor, outdoor games. Children were also taught to draw the vessels used at home. Along with education they were provided nutritious fruits and snacks. During this quarter the kids did various interactive activities with employees of one of our Corporate partners in which they learned about health and hygiene, basics of computer and the kids were also shown a movie about the importance of water by the Corporate. The kids were also taken to a garden by one of our new partners Aproch – Riverside school in which the kids did various activities, were show live play on stories and a magic show.

Khodiyar Nagar – 1

In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught English alphabets. They were taught stories in the form of songs and were also asked to tell a story in the class, which the kids did perfectly.

The kids learned about numbers in ascending and descending order, names of fruits and vegetables. They were also taught about colours and were asked to draw various pictures and then colouring them appropriately. The kids were taken to a temple in the nearby area where there is a garden. Various games were played during the visit to the garden.

During this quarter the kids did various interactive activities with employees of one of our Corporate partners in which they learned about health and hygiene, basics of computer and the kids were also shown a movie about the importance of water by the Corporate. The kids were also taken to a garden by one of our new partners Aproch – Riverside school in which the kids did various activities, were show live play on stories and a magic show.

Khodiyar Nagar – 2

A survey was done by the students of Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute for Saath in the Behrampura area. The result of their survey showed that in the area there are more than 70 child labourers in the area. Hence, we decided to open another centre in the area.
In the month of June a new centre was opened in the Khodiyar Nagar, Behrampura area. In this centre during the month of June, the kids were taught numbers and basic alphabets of English, Hindi and Gujarati. The kids played various games and were also given nutritious snacks during the classes.

SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, older kids were taught about the basic Gujarati grammar, reading and writing of sentences/paragraphs and tables from 1 to 11 to read/ write and learn by heart. Younger kids were taught basic alphabets, numbers and identifying the missing numbers from a sequence. All the kids together were also taught Basic English and Hindi alphabets and numbers and doing addition/subtraction.

The kids were taught to clap according to numbers, names of months, names of fruits and vegetables, names of vehicles, names and voices of birds, all the charts present at the centre and were given introduction about Parrots and Camels. The kids also did various craft activities and learned to make paper boats and aeroplanes. Also various games were played by children in which many games were based on music.

The kids were also taken on a visit to Kankariya Lake, which the kids enjoyed a lot and also the kids were given gifts during this picnic.

 SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, Shahwadi, as the regular teacher left a temporary teacher was hired to run the centre and later on in the month of June a permanent teacher was hired. In the centre kids learned about English alphabets reading and writing. The kids were also taught numbers. Various activities which kids like were done for their overall development. Kids were taught simple words in Gujarati.

Moreover, Kids were given balanced diet that can lead to their physical and mental development. Various songs and stories based on moral were also told.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral

Kids were taught English alphabets. The kids learned about numbers, and doing examples of simple addition and subtraction. Also they were taught drawing and learnt about different words. The kids played various indoor and outdoor games.
The kids at the centre were given a balanced diet so as to support their physical and mental growth.

Umang Lamba

In Umang Lamba, kids were taught basic alphabets and numbers. The activities done were focused on identifying words. The children were taught to trees, birds, animals, week days and counting. Kids also learned to read/write numbers from 1 to 50.

The kids were taken on visits to various places and taught various songs. Also, people from Nirman Programme of Saath visited the CFS centre.

Challenges

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their ward enrolled to CFS.


Status of CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in June 13
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre    No. of Children        Boy    Girl    Total
1             Fatehwadi                                                     9     21      30
2             Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1                      7     15      22
3             Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2                     14    18      32
4             Naroda- Swaminarayan park                         23    27      50
5             Lambha- Umang Lambha                            13    16      29
6             Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park                    22    21      43
7             Vastral- Devnandan Supremus                      20    31      51
                                     Total                                    108    149    257


Child Friendly Spaces (April 13- June 13)
                                                         Newly Enrolled Children             Children enrolled to School
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre    Apr.13    May.13    Jun.13    Total    Apr.13    May.13    Jun.13    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                1           2               9           12           -             -             -            -
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1  -            -                -            -             -             5            2          7
3    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2  -            -               32         32           -              -             -           -
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park    18          -               12         30           -              -              -          -
5    Lambha- Umang Lambha         4          5                -            9            -              -              -          -
6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park  -          -                 1           1            -              -              -          -
7    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus    -         7                  -          7             -             -              -           -
                             Total                  23      14               54         91            -             5             2         7

Expectations

We are looking at fund raising of Rs. 1.48 crores in next two years for education children from slums, child labourers and children of labourers on construction sites. The cost of running one education centre is Rs. 2 Lakh per year.

Future Goals

To reach out to at least 3,000 child labourers and children of labourers and providing quality education in at least two more slums in Ahmedabad.

Khodiyar Nagar -1
Khodiyar Nagar -1
SW- Park Naroda
SW- Park Naroda
SW- Park Vasna
SW- Park Vasna
Devnandan Supreme Vastral
Devnandan Supreme Vastral
Umang Lambha
Umang Lambha
Parents of the Park Event - 1
Parents of the Park Event - 1
Parents of the Park Event - 2
Parents of the Park Event - 2
Craft Activity
Craft Activity

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Apr 4, 2013

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Jan-Mar)

Class Activity
Class Activity

Child Friendly Spaces

Saath Charitable Trust

SAATH was registered as a Public charitable Trust in 1989, They started the Integrated Community Development Programme, an approach that seeks to turn slums into vibrant neighbourhoods. SAATH caters to the multiple needs of the poor at once by providing them with one-stop centers, through which slum residents have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing.

They invest in human capacity of persons to manage their programmes in their communities. Communities co-invest with them and donors by for the programmes, deciding and implementing them. They engage institutions, corporates and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters of integrated development in India. 

SAATH was initiated with mission to make human settlements an equitable living environment, where all residents and vulnerable people have access to basic needs for development like health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status .

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their  economic and social status.

CFS

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enroll them in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

Objective of the Programme

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the Children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be Continuously counseled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aim to bridge this gap.

Impact

Currently, there are 6 Child Friendly Space centers; 3 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites.  Through  our CFS centers, we have steered more than 2000 child labourers and children of labourers back into formal schooling systems.


Quarterly Status of CFS (January-March)

For overall development of a child during January to March, 2013 various activities were conducted at 6 child friendly centers. Following are the brief description of kind of activities conducted at various centers.

Gupta Nagar

The Vasna Guptanagar centre is temporarily on hold as the teacher running the centre was sick and had to undergo an operation. A new teacher has been recruited in her place and the centre will start running again shortly.

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, Teachers taught basics of alphabets of Gujarati, English and Hindi and how to do simple subtractions, carry-on additions and tables. Children also learned to identify various fruits and vegetables and read/write numbers from 1 to 10 through indoor games and activities. Also they learned tables from 1 to 10 and numbers. They were taught about the Indian festivals and given the knowledge about different vehicles and their uses, water and its importance. Also they were taken to WDC centre along with volunteers from France, Behrampura and Guptangar Holi celebration for various activities.  Along with education they were provided nutritious fruits and snacks. During this quarter children at the centre celebrated festivals like Makar Sakranti, Republic Day.
 
Khodiyar Nagar
 
In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught names of flowers and vegetables from the chart in Hindi. Also they were taught simple examples of subtraction, addition and tables. Also they were taught about nutrient values of fruits and vegetables. Different games and activities were done with the kids which included singing games, kite games, snakes and ladders etc. Children drew the pictures of Indian National Flag and also sang the national song on the republic day. Also the kids interacted with volunteers from France in various activities.

SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, kids were taught basic Gujarati grammar and words. They were taught basic numbers, and simple addition and subtraction. To increase their basic knowledge general information about birds and animals, fruits, vegetables and the voices of different animals was taught through different charts.
 
The children were taught about money, and basic transactions about buying and selling through money. They were also taught painting.

They were also taught names of the days and months. Kites were given to children for the festival of Makar Sankranti and also for the Republic Day a sports day was done in which different sports were played.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, Shahwadi, kids in the centre were taught about the importance of the cleanliness of the body. They were given information about different festivals. Various activities which kids like were done for their overall development. Kids were taught simple words in Gujarati.

Moreover, Kids were given balanced diet that can lead to their physical and mental development. Various songs and stories based on moral were also told. Kids celebrated the festival of Makar Sankranti in the month of January.
 
They were also taken to gardens for various outdoor activities.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral

Kids were taught about alphabets, numbers and figures and simple addition and subtraction examples. Also they were taught drawing and learnt about different words. Also the festival of Makar Sankranti was celebrated in which the kids were distributed kites and various other things. Also the kids were taken to Behrampura and did various activities with volunteers from Mumbai.

In the craft section paper cutting was taught to childrens for creativity and they were taught to make lunchboxes from papers.

Umang Lamba

In Umang Lamba, kids were taught numbers from 1 to 40. Also they learnt basic alphabets. The children were taught to identify words, birds, animals and also were given basic knowledge about health and cleanliness. A sketch competition was also held between kids. For mental and creative development of kids they were told to make anything they want from clay in which children made various items. The children were given information about domestic and wild animals, names of fruits and their tastes and vehicles.

Challenges

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their ward enrolled to CFS.


Status of CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in March’13
No.  Name of the Centre          No. of Children
                                                  Boy   Girl  Total
1    Fatehwadi                               10    20    30
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar       9    21    30
3    Naroda- Swaminarayan park     20    24    44
4    Lambha- Umang Lambha         24    22    46
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park 26    25    51
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus  18    20    38
                                       Total    107    132    239

Child Friendly Spaces (January – March’13)
                                                 Newly Enrolled Children
No. Name of the Centre            Jan  Feb Mar  Total
1    Fatehwadi                                 3     -    -       3
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar        -      -    -       -
3    Naroda- Swaminarayan park        -    14    10   24
4    Lambha- Umang Lambha           10    10    7    27
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park    9    -       -      -
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus      6    13    -    19
                                            Total    28    37    17    82

In the month of March from the Behrampura – Khodiyarnagr centre 2 children were enrolled into school.

Case Studies

Name: Shahina (Name Changed)
Age: 12 years
Shahina is a migrant, her family shifted from Delhi to Ahmedabad in search of work opportunity. When she came in contact with field worker of SAATH she showed a keen interest in joining CFS center, field officer convinced her family to send her to the center. After joining CFS initially she had a problem adjusting to the language but slowly picked up the language. She is a quick learner. One day Shahina’s mother came to CFS center and told CFS teacher Firdausben that her daughter  has adjusted well in the new atmosphere and now they want her to be admitted to a formal school, but since they do not have any birth certificate document she is not getting admission anywhere. Firdausben gave assurance to help her. She took the matter to SAATH monitoring committee. Committee decided send a representative, Firdausben and Shahina to a nearby school, they presented her case in front of school administration and thanks to Right to Education act after an initial hesitancy she was admitted to STP course in the school. After completing the STP course Shahina is now directly admitted to fourth standard. “Due to Saath’s effort my child got admitted to school I would like to thank the organization for that”, says Shahina’s mother.

Tale of Three dropout’s brother-sister

Name: Shabneen (Name Changed), Age: 6 years
Name:  Mubarika (Name Changed), Age: 13 years
Name: Karim (Name Changed), Age: 12 years
Shabneen , Mubarika and Karim lived in the Fatehwadi area of Juhapura they lived with their parents. Due to poor financial condition they could not continue their studies. To support her family Mubarika started maid work at a nearby bungalow along with her mother and her brother - sister also started their work at a nearby local store packing food materials. They came into contact of Saath’s field worker, they narrated their story to them. Field worker then met their mother and convince her to send them to CFS center. Finally she agreed to send them to the CFS center.  All of them were dropouts so CFS centre teacher took initiative and meet nearby school principal and convince him to enroll them into School’s STP course.  Principal finally agreed and they were enrolled into STP course.  After completing STP course now Shabneen and Karim got admitted to 2nd standard and Mubarika was admitted in 3rd standard. “We love to go to the school because teachers are very good and we have made lots of friend here”, says Mubarika.

Name: Usman (Name Changed)
Age: 11 years
During a field visit Saath’s field worker met Shaikh Usman and his family. During the interactions we found out that he was very naughty and due to this he was not going to school. His parents had also made many efforts to put him back to school but were not successful. Finally field worker told his parents to put Usman in CFS center. After little hesitancy they agreed to send him to a CFS Center.  Usman was very naughty so was not ready to sit in the class for first few days but slowly he got interested in kind of teaching and activities other children were doing in the class. His class participation also increased. Constant interactions with other children care and guidance of teacher made him more punctual and disciplined child. As he was a dropout so centre teacher took an initiative and enrolled Usman in a STP course to a nearby formal school and soon he will be admitted into a formal standard. “ I am really thankful to Saath for the kind of effort they have put into my child’s education” says, Usman’s mother.

Expectations

We are looking at fund raising of  Rs. 1.48 crores in next two years for education children from slums, child labourers and children of labourers on construction sites. The cost of running one education centre is Rs. 2 Lakh per year.

Future Goals

To reach out to at least 3,000 child labourers and children of labourers and providing quality education in at least two more slums in Ahmedabad.

Knowledge Sharing
Knowledge Sharing
15 Students - France conducted  workshop with CFS
15 Students - France conducted workshop with CFS
15 Students - France conducted craft workshop-CFS
15 Students - France conducted craft workshop-CFS
Children celebrated Herbal Holi - CEE
Children celebrated Herbal Holi - CEE
Children learned importance of Herbal Holi - CEE
Children learned importance of Herbal Holi - CEE

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Keren Nazareth

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat India

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