From Child Labour to a Chance at School

 
$30,158
$1,079
Raised
Remaining

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.

aashiyana case study
aashiyana case study
shabnam case study
shabnam case study

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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

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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Sheetal Ready for School
Sheetal Ready for School

Quarterly Updates for Child Friendly Spaces

October-December 2011

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

Vasna                              17                                 14                           Jayshree

Behrampura                      20                                 10                            Urmila

Juhapura                          12                                  18                            Firdos

Daily Activities 

The daily activities at the CFS centers consist of welcoming the children. To motivate and drive children towards academics, the teacher engages them in some playful activity like playing Snakes and Ladders, Cricket,Story telling etc. Once ensured that the students are attentive and actively participating in class, the teacher begins with the daily teaching module. While young children are given activities involving toys and puzzles, the other students are engaged in learning Mathematics, Language and Social Studies as per the day’s schedule. The learning happens through simpler techniques that are easy to comprehend and memorize by the children (like counting is taught by counting fingers, names of flowers are taught with the help of charts or drawing etc). One day of the week is also dedicated to art and craft.

Events and New Initiatives

The following events and celebrations took place at our CFS centers in the last three months:

  • Diwali Celebration.
  • Visit to construction site.
  • Parents teachers’ meeting (December 2011)
  • Dr. Suresh Majmudar conducted training on December 7, 2011 for the teachers of the CFS. In his lecture, Dr. Majmudar talked about stammering problem in children and probable solutions to it, about convincing parents to send children to school and also discussed how to treat children when they come to the centre.

A Note on Nutrition

Children are provided with a variety of nutritious foods and snacks like Sukhdi (Indian Sweet), Parle-G biscuits, peanuts and gram, Egg and other such supplements during the three hours at the CFS. This is another factor that encourages parents to send children to the centre.

Challenges and Lessons Learnt 

Challenges: Convincing parents to send children to school and stopping drop outs have been major challenges throughout. Counseling on a regular basis is required. Breaking notions regarding the requirement of Birth Certificate for admission has been a challenge too.

Lesson Learnt: Children here, come from a background where they are expected to be stoic and unresponsive to adversities. In such a condition, when they are taught with humbly and treated with warmth they tend to gain a lot. Besides, English and Hindi are to be taught to students who wish to move to class 4 or 5.

Read how Sheetal's Life changed after joined the Child Friendly Spaces

Shital lived in her village with her grandparents until she completed 2nd standard. Then, she moved to Ahmedabad with her parents and two siblings. Both her father and 13-year-old brother work at a garage, and her mother is a housewife.

When Sheetal first joined Vasna CFS in December 2010, she was shy and would not answer when quizzed in class. She did not even feel close to the teacher Jayshreeben. In this last 5 months, Shital has made an impressive progress. Not only did she learn how to read and write, but also she started taking responsibilities in class. For example, she is in charge of monitoring the class when Jayshreeben is late or shortly went outside to run an errand. Her teacher says that Shital has become more responsible, and dedicated to her studies. This positive change is also noticed at home. Shital’s mother started giving her new tasks, such as doing the household shopping and other household chores.

At Vasna CFS, many girls make bracelets and sell them through Jayshreeben, who takes the finished bracelets to a nearby shopkeeper. Shital works 2-3 hours daily at home and at school. Through this bracelets activity, Shital has developed a strong sense of independence. Jayshreeben is impressed by how at her short age (10 years old), Shital has taken the lead and now directly deals with the shopkeeper. She picks up the material, makes the bracelets and then gives them back on time. Sometimes, Shital even makes extra bracelets and gives some to her teacher and some to the shopkeeper. 

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Shahin with her teacher Firdos
Shahin with her teacher Firdos

Hi! 

We want to extend a big Thank You for supporting our cause and helping these children go to school. Our Child Friendly Spaces Center aid child labourers to go back to formal schooling to have a fair chance to a better future. Working with these children has been a huge learning experience for us. If you have any suggestions to improve our work at the Child Friendly Spaces, do write to us and we will bring it up for discussion. Once again, thank you for contributing to a better future. 

Quarterly Updates for Child Friendly Spaces

July-September 2011

Center: Vasna

No. of Girls: 17

No. of Boys: 14

Name of the: Teacher Jayshree

Class Time: 1230-5pm

Center: Behrampura

No. of Girls: 18

No. of Boys: 9

Name of the Teacher: Urmila

Class Time: 12-3pm

Center: Juhapura

No. of Girls: 11

No. of Boys: 19

Name of the Teacher: Firdos

Class Time: 3-6pm

Daily Activities

The daily activities at the CFS centers consist of welcoming the children. To drive them towards the academics, the teacher has to first involve them in some interesting activity. Once engaged and fully present in the class, the teacher starts with the class for the day. If there are very young children, then they will be given activities that have toys, learning puzzles, etc. With the older students the teacher focuses on Mathematics, Language or Social Studies, depending the day of the week. One day of the week is also dedicated to art and craft.  

Challenge: It has been a continuous challenge for us to convince parents whose children are child labours to come and attend these classes. It is difficult to inculcate the importance of education in the mind of the parents. Continuous counseling is the only way out.

Learning: The children who come here have a very short attention span. To keep them engrossed through 3 hours of class, activities have to continuously change. The teachers have to adapt to the mood of the children and plan lessons accordingly.

 The following events and celebrations took place at our CFS centers in the last three months:

  • Ramazan Celebration.
  • 15th August- Independence Day Celebration
  • A field visit to Law Garden- A public Park

 

About Nutrition:

The Children are given healthy and nutritious snacks like Sukhadi (India Sweet), Chavanu (A savoury mix), Glucose Biscuits, Peanuts and other such nutritious supplements during the three hours at the CFS. This is one of the motivational factors for the parents to send their child to the Child Friendly Spaces center. 

 

Read how coming to CFS has changed Shahin's Life: 

Shahin’s father abandoned her and her family. She lives with her mother and four siblings. Shahin’s oldest brother works cutting hair, and the rest of her family works at home making kites. Her two elder sisters and Shahin stitch thread on the kites from 7-10pm every day. Given her family’s situation, Shahin’s work is needed to help cover the household expenses.

Shahin joined Juhapura CFS in October 2009. CFS teacher, Firdosben, says that when she first came to class, Shahin did not know how to read and write, and had a serious stammering problem. Firdosben, who had previously received training on how to help children with speaking difficulties, helped Shahin overcome her problem. Shahin’s mother, Rihanaben, says that she is happy that her daughter is now able to read and write properly. She also noticed that after attending CFS, Shahin became more disciplined and responsible.

After 4-5 months attending CFS, Shahin was ready to transfer to a formal school. However, she did not a birth certificate and she was denied admission. Saath trained Firdosben on how to approach formal schools and explain them that by law they have to accept children lacking such identity document. The school’s principal was initially reluctant, but ended up accepting Shahin for the bridge course. She finished the course and took the final exam, which she successfully delivered. After these summer vacations are over, she will start classes at her formal school.

Shahin enjoys attending CFS center and playing with other classmates. She loves her teacher, especially when she makes them play in class. In an interview, she said that she would like to complete post-secondary school and become a teacher in the future. 

Please see attachment to view Shahin picture with her teacher, Firdos. 

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Organization

Project Leader

Keren Nazareth

co-director
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India

Where is this project located?

Map of From Child Labour to a Chance at School