Sulata a girl of age 10, loves to sing song and learning has been out of school due to her socio economic ground. The parents of Sulata are daily workers and travel to the Bhubaneswar, Capital of Odisha in search of work. Like the numerous migrant they got a shed in a slum viz. Maa Patadevi Basti. Their poor economic condition and illiteracy dive them not to send Sulata to the school and engage her in house hold work and take care of her Youngers. Her parents think the cost of education is more and in absence of them during daily labour work , she has to fulfill the responsibility of her young brother and sister.
During frequent visit and survey by the organization peers in the slum area, one of our Cluster Educator found this case. The first time counseling to the parents and child – Sulata for send her to the school gone in vanish. On next visit by the Head Educator with the Cluster Educator of Education programme brings a success, the child Sulata agreed to go to school but her parents not agreed. After continuous counseling to parents of Sulata and explaining about the Right To Education Act, benefits of girls education and all type of support by the organization to make the education free of cost with remedial education they agreed.
The child Sulata has been admitted to the nearby Government formal school in Class IV and requested to the school teachers for keep a close eye to the child for hurdle less, pleasant education. She is also provided free remedial education/ support classes after the schooling hours by the Ruchika Remedial Education Program. The regular follow up by the Cluster Educator result in continuous schooling of Sulata. In the words of Sulata - “I am reading in Chakeishiani Upper Primary school. My school is big and beautiful, where I learn & play independently with my friends so I am proud of it. I never stop my study”
Like Sulata, every year the organization mainstreamed thousands of out of school marginalized children and fulfill the aim of Right To Education for every child in the age 6-14 years. The sponsors and supporters are request to spend their valuable sources to support more to such causes.
Education where learning is not limited with mere Academic Proficiency
The organization who is working for the underprivileged children, with its 30 years of exertion it builds the future of the children with its most primitive weapon –‘Education’. It believes the education should not limit with the proficiency in Academic qualification but with all round development associated with the childhood to develop a responsible citizen. Along with the formal education it aims to widen the inner skill of the children. It elevates their spirit to participate in different competitions and win in the race of life.
‘Educate Girl Educate India’
Out of 3000 slum children in the Remedial education centre majority are the girls. A painting Exhibition was organized by “Ruchika Social Service Organisation” on theme ‘Educate Girl Educate India’ on 21st February,2015. 300 remedial girl students from 105 centers were draw their painting and exhibit it at Ruchika SMART office. The Chief guest are Mr. Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman of Tech Mahindra and Mrs. Reva Nayyar, Director in Essel Social Welfare Foundation, Sri B.K Mishra, Senior Vice President of Tech Mahindra ,Hyderabad and many associates of Tech Mahindra Foundation, Bhubaneswar were visited the painting exhibition and appreciated the endeavor. The best ones are praised to participate on next corporate painting competition
The Exhibition inaugurated by Mrs. Reva Nayyar, Director in Essel Social Welfare Foundation in the presence of the Mr. Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman of Tech Mahindra. All of them visited the exhibition. They highly praised the painting of the students.
Know about the life sketch of eminent persons in the society / country and take part in the debate/ one act play / fancy competition relevant to these peoples – an initiation from the organization for these marginalized slum children.
In the eve of foundation day of Utkal Dibasa, “Madhukatha Pratiyogita” organized. Children from several organizations, schools and institutions participated in the competition. Topics are debate/ one act play / fancy dress competition on life sketch of Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das Known as 'Madhu Babu' by the common people. Madhu Babu worked for the political, social and economical upliftment of the people of Odisha and served the mother-nation as a lawyer, social reformer and patriot. He founded Utkal Sammilani which brought a revolution in the social and industrial development of Odisha. By his long political fight he unite Odisha & modern Odisha took birth on 1st April 1936. This date is celebrated as Utkal Dibasa. 18 numbers of remedial students participated in the events and Rojalini Sahoo from Narayan Basti remedial centre awarded with 3rd prize in one act play on Madhubabu Besa Posaka.
Taking part in different competitions not only build the self confidence among the children but also it accelerate their inner talents to become a successful & responsible citizen in the future. The organization in its day to day intervention with the children tried to fruitful the slogan “Today’s child is the future of tomorrow”.
We try not to be too eager to tell children that things are like this - we give them time: a truth they found out for themselves will stay with them and give them strength for entire life. NCF focuses on the life oriented education than traditional textbook centric Edn. RTE is implementing all over country since 2010. So the aim of the RSSO Education project was “materializing RTE for slum children in the age group of 6 to 14 years in Bhubaneswar through remedial coaching, empowering and mobilizing the community and sensitizing the school teacher.”
The slum children are provided with remedial coaching to ensure retention and to fill up the quality gap of school education and increase academic proficiency. Attempts is to be made to advocate with government school authorities to allow the remedial teachers to work inside the school campus , so that they can impart special education to late starters, not starter, slow learners, academically weak children and children with specially needs inside the school which is to be helpful to prevent dropouts. Govt. of Odisha is planning to matrerialised it very soon . In addition this year the organization has to form children’s groups in the slums and empower them to generate demand for quality education as part of its plan for sustainability.
RSSO believes that if the children trusted and cared for, growing of children usually know the right balance between challenges that they can undertake and when they need support, when given freedom, they learn that what is challenge for one of their peers need not be so for themselves. They learn to respect difficulties of their classmates, share in the happiness of overcoming them. In Education field it firmly belief is the one and only catalyst to improve the status of children, to give them a chance to improve their livelihood in the future and advance them an opportunity to upward social mobility. Therefore, RSSO seeks to ensure that a quality school education is imparted to all children within our target group of street and slum children.
Event: Little Scientist- V
Since inception Ruchika Social Service Organisation has taken series of initiatives to encourage and promote creativity and innovation amongst the slum children of Bhubaneswar. Organizing Science Exhibition viz. Little Scientist is another step to promote scientific outlook among the unprivileged children and prepare them as positive contributors of the society. “Little Scientists-V” organized from 11th to 12th December 2014 at Tech Mahindra,S-1,Maitreevihar,Chandrasekharpur,Bhubaneswar witnessed involvement and participation of students from different slums of Bhubaneswar. The students displayed 90 science models which were indeed eye openers on various topics related to Mathematics, Energy, Innovation in the fields of Communication, Agriculture, Technology, Bio- diversity, Health and Environment. Total 1500 slum children and government school students were visited the Exhibition.
This year the programme was organized in partnership with Tech Mahindra Foundation and Ruchika Social Service organization.
The main objective of the Science Exhibition was
Guided by 90 teachers 180 Little Scientists from different slum and street corners and railway stations have developed science project models.
The Exhibition Inagurated by Sri Naveen Pattanaik, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha in the presence of the Chief Executive officer Sri C.P Gurnani, Tech Mahindra ltd. Minister of Culture Sri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Information Technology Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Sri Ananta Narayan Jena, Hon’ble Mayor, BMC , MP, Bhubaneswar Dr. Prassna Kumar Patsahani and MLA Sri Bijaya Kumar Mohanty and Sri Priyadarshi Mishra. All of them visited the exhibition and interacted with the little scientist.
In the closing function Sri B.K Mishra, Senior Vice President of Tech Mahindra ,Hyderabad graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Sri Prsannajit Singh ,Chair person Location council Head of Tech Mahindra, Bhubaneswar and Prof. (Dr.) Narayan Rao, Secretary, RSSO were present as Guests of Honor
They highly praised the project models and the endeavor of little scientist. The guests shared their life achievements and success stories with the children to stir up the inner talent of these children. At last all three dignitaries distributed certificates and take home gift to the little scientists and inspired the children and audience.
Apart from the exhibition, quiz competition, magic show and cultural programmes were some other major attractions of the exhibition.
We sincerely express our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters for their magnanimous gesture towards the children living in oppressed and deprived of their minimum basic right to go to school .
Neeharika Tummala is an in-the-field traveler for GlobalGiving for the India and Bangladesh region.
Of the 50 organizations I visited across India and Bangladesh, Ruchika will remain one of my favourites. I spent 4 days here, as I was hosted by Ruchika in Bhubaneswar and I loved every day there.Ruchika is one of GlobalGiving's oldest organizations so it was a great feeling to connect with such a respected and well established organization.
I started off my formal visit by visiting various after-school programs in different slums. Despite being in slums, all the schools were well lit and cheerful! What fascinated me the most is that the children combine traditional studying with peer learning where one child reads aloud to another child. If there are any mistakes, the other corrects and the teacher is walking around as well. This gives students confidence to practice while also owning the responsibility of correcting the other. I also saw cute little arguments of 'its not pronounced that way, its like this!' It was great to see all of the learning!
In addition to school work, Ruchika is famous for their pioneering launch of the Child Line and Women's Help Line. Both programs have been adopted by the government and will be replicated across the entire state, whereas ChildLine has already gone national. Both these programs offer 24-7 emergency support where anyone can report the case of a distressed child or woman. These women are then brought into the short term Ruchika home, right behind the office. One of the best memories I have is hanging out with the staff into the late hours of the night with a cup of tea and learning all about what they get to see and experience.
It is also almost impossible not to bond with the girls and boys at the Ruchika dorms. When the girls first ran up to me, it was because they were fascinated with a young girl travelling, speaking english and in pretty clothes. But as they braided my hair and did my nails, I got to hear their stories and realized that life is so much more complicated for them. They would tell me things like 'I'm not sure if my parents will come and get me' or 'I quit school when I was in 4th standard but I want my son to study in an english medium school. Many of the children wait while an investigation takes place and next steps are determined and Ruchika often plays a key part in that process by working closely with authorities. But despite their individual stories, the girls and boys were so uninhibited in playing me with or giving me a hug and asking me what I did that day.
On one of those four days, we had an earthquake! Minor as it was, the building shaking led to a lot of screaming and all of us running out of the building. We hung out there for several hours there that night and even though we had just had an earthquake it quickly turned into another opportunity to play! I can't think of a better space when I think of the word safehaven and Ruchika will always embody that for me.
Thank you Ruchika for teaching me so much and giving me some unforgettable memories!
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, means that every child has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards. Ruchika also believes that the most basic education instills a sense of confidence, purpose and insight that is necessary for successful and productive participation in any society without which the children and adult lack the ability to adequately support themselves in a legitimate profession or trade and thus often fall prey to all forms of exploitation, corruption and abuse.
In response to the growing and apparently formidable challenges faced by the children on the street and of the city slums, Ruchika started an innovative fun school program viz. “Platform school” in April 1985. Presently the organization reaches out to over 7,000 children and their indigent families in about 150 slums of Bhubaneswar and 11 major railway hubs of Odisha with multifarious programs. Through a diverse and large variety of educational innovations, the organization has dedicated itself to the ideal that: “If the child cannot come to the school, then the school must go to the child”.
In response to the growing rate of drop outs from the formal school system Ruchika started Remedial Education program in 2009. Presently it reaches out to 4000 children with 105 primary and 67 elementary remedial education centers spread across 105 slums of Bhubaneswar.
Rajashree a distinguished little scientist:
In the word of Rajashree a girl studying in class 7th “I live in a slum of Bhubaneswar established in the base of urban waste, dumping yards and always feel suffocated & have a dream to build an eco-friendly environment by proper utilization of wastages. This promotes me to see a dream to become an Environmental scientist in my life. When I got a inspiration to demonstrate my project while studying in Ruchika Remedial Education Centre. I had prepared a model on proper utilization of waste output of urban community, and my project was exhibited in the Ruchika Science Exhibition program and was selected as one of the best model by the jury of National Children’s Science Congress, Govt. of Odisha. I am so glad to present my model in the 21st National Children’s Science Congress, Khordha Dist. Level competition and would like to thank Ruchika & its supporters for building the first ladder of my dream in the future- to be an Environmental Scientist”
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