Oct 29, 2020

Doorstep School - Keeping Education Moving

The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in education has been unprecedented.

Education remains the most critical path to social mobility and the closures and restrictions are having an economic impact on poverty struck families which have led to many to drop out of school altogether. As poor families struggle to make ends meet Doorstep School have taken a holistic approach to supporting the education and nutrition of the children who attend our Schools on Wheels.

They are providing relief rations for families so that they do not pull their children out of school to work, and teaching and supporting families and children to continue to learn in as Covid-19 safe an environment as is possible, given the challenging circumstances in which they already live.

At the end of October our GlobalGiving Project has raised nearly £5000 of the £15,000 we aim to raise to support Door Step School to mitigate this adverse impact using a range of lateral strategies which are detailed in our attached report.

We are immensely grateful to all our donors.  Please dig deep to continue to support this project!

Jun 23, 2020

Toybank's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Toybank’s ethoshas remined firm throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’

Challenges posed by the Covid-19 Pandemic

The nationwide lockdown and stay-at-home orders to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic imposed in March, risked having a menacing effect on our collective mental well-being.

 A study states that a staggering 66.6% of slum households in Maharashtra are one-room facilities that make physical distancing impossible and heighten the distress associated with it.

Impact on Children:

Of the people facing these issues, 20 million are children. Isolation, uncertainty, fear, economic hardships and anxiety have gripped at-risk children the hardest.School shutdown has put a pause on their learning while lockdown has snatched their access to Play and safe spaces.  In a recent study on the impact of the lockdown, 37% of parents in India have reported that their children's mental well-being and happiness have suffered.


COVID Relief Measures for Children:

A statement issued by the World Health Organization recommended that we draw on the remarkable power of resilience that we naturally possess, to mitigate the fallout of the pandemic.

Stay at Home, Play at Home

With the support of our wonderful donors, Child Action is proud to have been able to help Toybank to develop the resources needed to ensure that children have routine-like normalcy, stay meaningfully engaged and mentally stimulated throughout lockdown. Toybank is doing this by providing at-risk children with digital Toybank Play A tHome Kits with games, activities and more, in order to keep children learning and meaningfully engaged.

Thanks to our supporters, as of 12th June 2020, more than 103 PlaySheets have reached 32,000 children via 285 support groups comprising 1323 teachers and 5028 parents.

The attached report provides insights into the work being done and the contents of the Play at Home Kits that are continuing to further the personal development of at-risk childre throughout lockdown. 

Jun 20, 2020

Report_Doorstep School response to Covid-19

Doorstep School has always worked hard to break down the isolation, stigma and social exclusion faced by children at risk, to ensure they do not fall through the cracks of society, but the Covid-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges. 

Embracing Digital

The School on Wheels has been unable to go to the children during lockdown. Instead, with the support  of our wonderful donors, Child Action has been able to help Doorstep School to focus on immedate relief work (given the poverty levels within the communities the teachers work with) and to embrace digital solutions to continue education for at-risk children. 

The rapid and innovative response from the teachers working at Doorstep School involved setting up 104 What's App groups to reach 2076 parents with access to smart phones.  This enabled teachers to send age/level appropriate teaching materials such as educational videos and worksheets for children to use with the help of older siblings.

Over 3150 homework worksheets and 44 training and learnings sets were distributed in this way throughout April and May. Teachers know their students well and have provided one to one support for children to go through their homework at least once a week, either by telephone or through smartphone apps such as zoom and phoneshala.

Summer Teaching

Doorstep School will not take a summer break this year, and will instead resume classes that were cancelled during lockdown, to minimise the detrimental effect of the pandemic on the educational development of the children they look after. 

The attached report provides insights into the work that has been done so far during the Covid-19 pandemic and the plans for the next few months. 

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