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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

Links:


Attachments:
Jan 4, 2013

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

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 centres, 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 engages 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 enrol 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 counselled 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 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 3 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 4 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 (October-December)

For overall development of a child during october to december, 2012 various activities were conducted at 7 child friendly centres. Following are the brief description of kind of activites conducted at various centres.

Gupta Nagar

In Vasna Center, Guptanagar, teachers

trained the kids in the Gujarati Language. The kids were asked to read simple words and  write Vowels. Kids were taught to identify Big and small numbers. The kids were also taught to identify drawings and Colour and writing A,B,C,D in English. Along with education the kids were also provided Snacks, milk and fruits of different types which had vitamins, Nutrition and calcium. The kids learnt importance of participation and team work.. Dusshera, Diwali and Christmas festival were celebrated during this quater. Along with the celebration children were awared about the importance of celebrating these festivals.

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, Teachers taught basics of Gujarati grammer and how to do simple additions from 1 to 10. Children also learned to identify various animals and vegetable through indoor games and activities. New words in Gujarati were taught to them through stories this kind of activities are very helpful in mental development of child. Along with education they were provided nutritious fruits and snacks Durings this quarter children at the centre celebrated various festivals like Dushhera, Diwali and Christmas. During Navratri festival garba programme was organized at the centre and all the children participated in that festival.

Khodiyar Nagar

In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught numbers and words, signs and symbols in English and Gujarati. Also they were asked to write down paragraphs from Gujarati story books, simple multiplication sums  Moreover, during this quarter a session was conducted by expert who gave information on vitamins and its importance in physical development. Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them.

SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, kids were taught to make paintings from numbers and alphabets. Also they were taught the difference between ascending and decending numbers. To increase their basic knowledge about the human body an activity was conducted, general information about human body parts and their functions were explained. Songs related to vegetables and fruits were also played.

Festivals like Dusherra, Diwali were celebrated at the centre. Along with the celebrations importance of festival were explained to the children. Sweets and snacks were also distributed.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, Shahwadi, kids in the centre were taught grammer also they were taught addition and subtraction and new words in English and Gujarati language. Children also learned name of the days. Along with the indoor activities outdoor activities were also conducted.

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 also learn to write and speak numbers in words and figures in both English and Gujarati.

Kids also learnt names of various fruits and vegetables along with the names and types of vehicles. A measle vaccination programme was conducted in the month of October along with that in the same month routine health check-up of children were conducted. Also during the quarter parents meetings were organized where information about overall development of a child was given to the parents.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral

A it was a new centre opened at a new construction site more emphasis were given to activities rather than education. More sessions on story telling, games and songs were conducted so that newly enrolled child would adjust easily to the new environment. During October a measle vaccination programme was conducted Also meetings with parents and builders were organized. During Diwali a session on safety awareness were given to the children.

 Umang Lamba

In Umang Lamba, kids were told stories and songs on various themes. They were given a rich diet so to help them grow. Word and number identification  in English and Gujarati were done. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated in during the quarter, children had a great fun during diwali they learnt how to make an rangoli.  Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. They played outdoor games that helped them get physical exercise and also games that help them have mental growth.

 Challenges:

ü  Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.

ü  Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.

ü  Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.

ü  The attrition rates of students are increasing.

ü  Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardised.

ü  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 December 12

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

                                                 Boy   Girl   Total

1              Vasna- Guptanagar       16     15       31

2              Fatehwadi                     8     19        27

3       Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar  10    21       31

4      Naroda- Swaminarayan park   20    21       41

5       Lambha- Umang Lambha      18    22       40

6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park  27   23      50

7     Vastral- Devnandan Supremus  22   28     50

Total                                          121   149    270


 Child Friendly Spaces (October 12 - December 12)

Newly Enrolled Children

Sr. No.     Name of the Centre   Oct. 12  Nov. 12  Dec. 12  Total

1              Vasna- Guptanagar        -           -              -           -

2              Fatehwadi                    1           3             -           4

3   Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar      -           3             -           3

4   Naroda- Swaminarayan park     4          -             35         39

5   Lambha- Umang Lambha        28          8           18          54

6 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park   4          2             3           9

7   Vastral- Devnandan Supremus  46        -            21          67

Total                                          83       16          77          176


Case Study

A balghar teacher brought Ashiyana Ismailbhai Shaikh to fatehwadi CFS centre, she was a child labour then, she didn’t know how to read or write.  In the centre she learnt all the basics of reading and writings. She was a quick learner so once she mastered the basics, she was then admitted to STP course. After completing the course Ashiyana gave exam and after clearing the exam she was admitted direcly to fifth standard. “she regularly comes to school and she is one of the brightest students in the class and actively participates in all the activities and we are really happy with her progress”, says Ashiyana’s class teacher. Ashiyana has big aspirations, her first goal is to complete her studies.

kadri shabnam Amjadali was a migrant from Bihar, she and her family were doing labourwork in Ahmedabad. When her parents came in touch with CFS centre coordinator they were a littlebit hesitant. They didn’t want to send her to CFS centre but after intense counseling and assurance that she will be provided pick-up and drop facility then they agreed to send her. Shabnam was then enrolled to the center. “ She is very itellegent and has a sharp memory, learning’s provided at the center help her in reading and writing gujarati and English. She now wants to give exam and want to enroll her self in 5th  or 6th  standerd also looking at her growth now her parents are also willing to continue her studies says, Firdausben, Fatehwadi CFS centre coordinator .

 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.

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Oct 5, 2012

From Child Labour to Chance at School (july-sept)

Naroda
Naroda

                                                       (July, 2012 – September, 2012)

Saath: Creating Inclusive Societies

Ahmedabad- 380 015 Email: mail@saath.org

Saath Charitable Trust

Saath Charitable Trust was established in the year 1989 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Saath has completed 22 years as an organization working on initiatives for equity in development. In the urban settlements, it has been working since 1989.  In the wake of the earthquake in 2001, it ventured into rural areas of Kutch and also initiated work in the town of Rapar. Post communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, Saath started proactive work in the field of conflict resolution where the approach has been to address the development needs of the urban poor (Hindus and Muslims) and through interactions for development, create enabling environments that promote peace building and reduction in conflict.

  • 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 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 counselled 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 8 Child Friendly Space centres; 3 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 5 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 (July-September)

1. Gupta Nagar

In Vasna Center, Guptanagar, teachers trained the kids in the Gujarati Language. The kids were asked to write Vowels. Kids were taught tables from 1 to 10 oral and written. The kids were also taught drawings, Colour Work and writing A,B,C,D till Z in English. The kids were also provided Snacks of different types which had vitamins, Nutrition and calcium. They were also provided Milk and Fruits. In August and September, kids were taught tables from 11 to 20 and revised the tables learnt previously. The kids did mud work and learnt team work.. Rakshabandhan festival was also celebrated.

2. Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center during the month of July, Teachers played various songs in the CFS. Also the kids were taught Gujarati letters and informed about various parts of the vehicles, usefulness, type of vehicles Etc. Moreover, the kids were taught indoor games which lead to the mental exercise. In August, the students were taught to write 1 to 100 in words and figures. Kids also learnt the names of the fruit and vegetables. They were able to write A to Z in English. They sketched paintings of plants and animals. In September, kids were taught tables from 1 to 10, revised the activities done from July and new words in Gujarati were taught to them through stories and during these months they were provided with snacks, fruits, milk during the classes. The kids celebrated festivals like Rakshabandhan and Independence day.

3. Khodiyar Nagar

In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, during July the kids were taught numbers and words, signs and symbols in English and Gujarati. Moreover, personal consultation to each kid was done. Apart, storytelling and songs on various themes were played. In August, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. The new admissions were taught the letters in Gujarati and English. In September, 9 kids were enrolled in the STP Course and further in school. 10 new kids were enrolled in the CFS at the centre

4. SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, kids were taught numbers and words from A to Z in English and Gujarati. 1 to 50 numbers were asked to write and speak. Kids were provided information on the cleanliness of the body parts and songs were played which included the number games song and songs which had names of vegetables and fruits. In August, these students were revised the numbers and words and story telling on various morals was done. Moreover, exhibition of vessels was conducted. Students were also given snacks, milk and nutritious fruits and juice. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated. In September, picnic to Kankaria was organized where kids can see the animals compare their characteristics with those taught to them. These kids were those involved in child labour.

5. SW Park - Vasna

The SW Park Vasna Center, Shahwadi, In July the kids in the centre were taught to write essay on various festivals in few lines. They were taught addition and subtraction and new words in English and Gujarati language. In August, Kids learnt to draw sketches on various themes and also did mud work. They played various outdoor games and a short picnic was organized.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 also learn to write and speak numbers in words and figures in both English and Gujarati. In September, Kids were taught the names of various fruits and vegetables along with the names and types of vehicles. Kids played indoor and outdoor games as well. Kids were taught the songs in the way they can remember and sing when they like it.

6. Madhav Homes – Vastral

In Vastral Madhav Homes, kids were taught numbers and words from A to Z in English and Gujarati. Kids were provided information on the cleanliness of the body parts and songs were played which included the number games song and songs which had names of vegetables and fruits. In August, these students were revised the numbers and words and story telling on various morals was done. Moreover, exhibition of vessels was conducted. Students were also given snacks, milk and nutritious fruits and juice. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated. In September, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. 1 to 50 numbers were asked to write and speak. They were also taught paper cutting. The weight and height of kids were also noted.

7. Umang Lamba

In Umang Lamba, kids were told stories and songs on various themes. They were given a rich diet so to help them grow. Kids were taught letters in English and Gujarati. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated in August. In September, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. They played outdoor games that helped them get physical exercise and also games that help them have mental growth. Moreover, the kids also were revised the numbers in English and Gujarati. They were distributed the writing pad so that they can practice well the given task in the classroom.

8. Nilkanth Heights – Vastral

In Vastral,  Nilkanth Heights site was ready and thus we could do the activities only in July and we will shift the site when labours shift to the next site. Saath incorporated many things in July like teaching numbers in words and figures, English letters and Gujarati words. Moreover, the kids were taught various drawings on different subjects like Nature, Vegetables, Trees Etc.

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 standardised.
  • 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 September 12

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

                                                                             Boy    Girl     Total

   1                   Vasna- Guptanagar                          15      15        30

   2                   Juhapura- Sankalitnagar                    7       18        25

   3                   Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar              9        19        28

   4                   Naroda- Swaminarayan park             28       27        55

   5                   Vastral- Madhav Homes                   10        8         18

   6                   Naroda- Nilkanth Heights                   -         -           -  

   7                   Lambha- Umang Lambha                 20        24        44

   8                   Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park         22        20        42

                                                           Total          111       131      242

Case Study

1. Dinesh lost his father and his mother is a domestic help. He has two elder brothers. Dinesh used to study and had passed till 5th grade. However, after the death of his father Dinesh had taken a drop and started working. One good day he got to know from his friends regarding the CFS and he decided to study again while continuing to work as that was the need of the hour. Dinesh, presently is in 7th grade and can read and write well. He is motivated by his family members to study well. He has a good grasping power and has multitasking abilities.

2. Varsha was a second standard student when she approached Saath CFS. She has a family of 5 members: Mother, Father, Two Brothers and one Sister. She used to study and then took a drop and started the labour work supporting mother. One fine day her friend who was enrolled with CFS brought her to class and advised her to join the same as she could work and study at the same time. She was helped to get admitted in the school and she is now able to read and write numbers, words Etc. It’s since 5 months that she is associated with CFS.

Expectations

We are looking at raising 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.

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.

Baherampura
Baherampura
Vasna
Vasna
Lambha
Lambha
Jun 4, 2012

Art for Child Labourers

General Child Friendly Spaces Center Update:

Center                    No. of Girls        No. of Boys            Name of the Teacher                 Class Time

Juhapura                      12                      18                        Firdos Shaikh                    04:00 to 06:00

Vasna                          16                      15                      Jayshree Parmar                 01:00 to 04:00

Behrampura                  22                       9                        Urmila Parmar                   12:00 to 03:00



                                                                     The Little Artists

On 3 consecutive Wednesdays in March and April, we rounded up our children attending classes at our Child Friendly Spaces centers for an afternoon filled with colours. Art for Life in support of QX conducted art workshops for our children and give them a platform to express their creativity. The children were given all the tools required to paint a magic picture on their miniature canvases. 

The workshop was an amazing success. The children were encouraged to let their imagination run based on their environment. Form the very second the paper, pencils and paints were given to them, their full concentration was on the drawings they were creating. As the event went on, most children opened up, and were seen greatly enjoying themselves and revealing a strong will to learn and experience.

Artistic activities have been proven to support and enhance the development of cognitive skills in children. Their practice have shown that it ‘stimulates memory, facilitates understanding, promotes relationships, and provides an avenue for building  competence’ (Source: Young Children and the Arts).

But it also builds ‘life skills such as developing an informed perception; ... learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; ... accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish’ (Benefits of Arts Education, Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002).

A teacher helping out the child
A teacher helping out the child

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