Jun 8, 2021

Help Educate Poor Slum Children In India

Educators interacting through Whatsapp
Educators interacting through Whatsapp

COVID shut RISE centres, but children are making sure learning is not stopped

COVID or not, RISE will continue to be the backbone of all the students & teacher. While COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation, schools have been closed in order to slow the transmission of the virus. In India, over 320 million learners have been affected by the pandemic. The closures of schools have likely widened the learning gap between children from lower-income and higher-income families. To overcome the situation, RISE-AROH recommended the use of distance learning programmes and platforms that RISE and teachers can use to reach their students remotely and limit the disruption of education. While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 - at least to date –the pandemic is having profound effects on children’s mental well-being, their social development & their safety. Children and families living in Sangam Vihar & Mundka or other crowded conditions are especially vulnerable. Education in COVID-19 is encouraging students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home and in their communities by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. RISE is continuously supporting access to quality education which includes Project-Based Learning Methodology (PBL), now referred as an innovative approach Blended Learning Module (BLM). Earlier PBL was used to teach these children, but due to COVID & children being quarantine we shifted to BLM (Blended Learning Module) in a more innovative way. BLM is very interesting in the following ways:

  • Different from the school’s syllabus yet interesting
  • Created on a monthly basis
  • Unique topics & sub-topics, Group-based activities
  • Consisted of more & more pictures related to every topic that shall help children understand the topics
  • YouTube video links have been attached for a better understanding
  • Various activities are also inserted

The curriculum is circulated with every student of RISE through Whatsapp, frequent zoom calls are being done for better interaction. This new pattern of the curriculum is helping children a lot as it includes various activities to do and videos to be shown. Through the introduction of BLM, major improvement like quality learning opportunities is being observed in children. Also, in RISE art and craft, game activities, dancing, singing & group sessions are also being introduced every Saturday to increase their confidence level. By this, they are developing mentally & physically.

COVID-19 is helping children to be patient, understanding & stress-free. In past months children have understood the basic concepts of disease prevention and control. Focusing on good health behaviours, encouraging others to express and communicate their feelings being at home through innovative & creative activities. The key insights from past months: students are continuing their studies more effectively and are more concerned about COVID-19; students are improving & spreading hygiene measures through their home only.

In the last few months, COVID-19 have shed light on various social & economic issues, including food insecurity, and homelessness. AROH Foundation understands these factors for which food packets were donated in the communities of Sangam Vihar & Mundka. AROH team initiated ‘Free Meal Drive’ and many families were fed and helped from COVID-19 scare. Hand washes, sanitizers and masks within the communities were distributed to make people aware of COVID-19.

In the past few days Mr Gaurav(name changed), a student who enrolled in RISE centre in Sangam Vihar, area of Delhi, has been a star kid helping his classmates study more efficiently. He has been very active, creative, practical and reachable to all by completing his work on his own without any complaints. He is keeping the spirit of learning alive by circulating worksheets, solutions of word problems and mathematics on the digital platform. Now he has been under RISE project and got admitted to a government school in the community.

We thank all the donors for Mr Gaurav and all other 1000 children who are able to access quality education because of your contribution.

Mr Gaurav, RISE beneficiary
Mr Gaurav, RISE beneficiary
Girl performing Yogasana
Girl performing Yogasana
Digital learning
Digital learning
Creating awareness on Anti-tobacco day
Creating awareness on Anti-tobacco day
Food distribution by RISE
Food distribution by RISE
Celebrating EID by following COVID norms
Celebrating EID by following COVID norms
Celebrating Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
COVID Precuations
COVID Precuations
Creating things from Waste products
Creating things from Waste products
Giving abode to Sparrow
Giving abode to Sparrow
Water is essential
Water is essential
Feb 1, 2021

Help Educate Poor Slum Children In India

Celebration of Mother Language
Celebration of Mother Language

“Within the child lies the fate of the future!”

 

At RISE, we believe that Education is an integral part of the community. RISE centres thrive because of the community, and for the benefit of the community. Hence, with Remedial Education RISE conduct celebrations & events wherein children can learn through multiple interactions with the community and the community also benefits through the efforts of & interactions with our children and staff. Our RISE community includes 1000 less privileged kids living in slums. Coming to RISE, these kids take part in regular major events & festivals which bring changes not only in the amount of knowledge they gain but also in the abilities to think and acquire habits, skills and attitude which characterize an individual who is socially accepted and adjusted. RISE encourages students to embrace other traditions and culture just like the way they do with their own.

No matter how COVID has impacted the lives of students but the power of their learning & absorbing knowledge never stops. They had found ways to against corona and keep continuing their studies with much more efforts. RISE is continuously supporting access to quality education which includes the Usage of online/e-learning strategies, assigning reading and exercises for home study & assigning teachers to conduct remote daily or week. COVID-19 is helping children to be patient, understanding & stress free. In past months children have understand the basic concepts of disease prevention and control. Focusing on good health behaviours, encouraging others to express and communicate their feelings being at home through innovative & creative activities. The events and festivals organized at RISE in Sangam Vihar and in Ghevra & Mundka are now celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. Apart from classroom activities, we also pay heed to other important festivals which must be celebrated in order to understand our country’s tradition. Last month numerous of International events and auspicious festivals were celebrated within RISE. The purpose of such celebrations with communities is to share children's thoughts, skills & work with the larger community in order to inspire them and spread certain messages. Education in COVID-19 is encouraging students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home and in their communities by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. The key insights from past months: students are continuing their studies more effectively and are more concerned about COVID-19; students are improving & spreading hygiene measures through their home only. Children are spending more time in studies & meaningful activities instead of getting involved in useless and vain activities in their free time.

In the past few months, Ms Nandini, was struggling for the basic needs of her life starting from safe sanitation, safe water, health, education and a tiny public space to play was incessant. Nandini is the eldest, and being the girl child, she was forced to leave school and was indulged in domestic and sibling care tasks. Ceaseless responsibilities for those inconvenient and cumbersome chores at such tender age, aggression had gone deep in her genes. She had started reacting violently and annoyingly to everything even to her parents, towards her siblings and even towards her food and touch.

She was instantly reported and registered under their project RISE catering to the holistic development of poor slum children along with dedicated efforts towards their education & health. After many months of consistent care, love and attention, Nandini began to show her first signs of change. She began to smile and respond with smiles and warmth. AROH managed to get her back to school with counselling of her parents and liaisoning with local authorizes. Her grades started improving and she eventually turned into the protagonist of her class. Nandini did not even turn off from her domestic chores, instead, she also is teaching her younger siblings at home.

We thank all the donors for Ms Nandini and all other 1000 children who are able to access quality education because of your contribution. Through your initiative, we aim to imbibe the idea of education as the most important lever for social, economic, and political transformation. We shall be building-up the long-term wellbeing of children & families in Delhi in the communities of Sangam Vihar & Mundka.

Celebration of Republic Day
Celebration of Republic Day
Nandini
Nandini
International Day of Education
International Day of Education
Lohri
Lohri
Oct 6, 2020

Liberating children with Education & Learning.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a paradigm shift on how learners of all ages, worldwide, can access learning. Even after months of the closure of schools, isolation and distancing learning never stopped, also RISE children have started to be very engaging & creative. COVID-19 has revealed how deeply interconnected all life on this planet is. Meanwhile, UNICEF and Microsoft Corp. announced the expansion of a global learning platform to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home. Despite COVID-19 threats, the past few months have created various opportunities for children to captivate & learn.

Understanding the dire need of a holistic program for multidimensional growth, we emphasize not only on the scholastic raise of the child but also ensure a balance that matches the child’s maturity, skills, and their interests with their co-curricular activities like sports, art & craft, Yoga, Singing and dance.  Though the past few months were very delicate & serious, 1000 children of RISE never stopped being exceptional with their creative mindsets. They’ve participated in all the activities & celebrated all the events & festivals keeping the social distancing in their minds. Even after the closure of schools the studies of children never hampered. For a better understanding of their academic conditions, surveys were conducted by RISE educators, where we got to know how children are studying in their homes even after COVID-19 threats. Educators remain in direct touch with children & their families for any kind of difficulties and need of the individual child and also to receive positive/negative feedback from them for further improvisation. After the regular impact evaluation of all 1000 students at regular intervals, we keep strict monitoring over the growth-fail charts. Indeed the hard work never goes unpaid. Growth could be minimal but there was an improvement in all RISE students.

A worldwide virus is a stressful time for everyone. But the stress gets worse for those who were already dealing with things like poverty, racism & violence. They are still resources that can help in this challenging time. In one of our surveys, Ms. Ishita, one of our brightest RISE students from Sangam Vihar shared her major problem facing while studying from home. On a survey, Ishita’s Educator Mrs. Neelam discovered that Ishita belongs from a poor family who wasn’t so lucky to own a laptop and continue her online classes. After knowing her condition, Ishita is now being led to a brighter future through your generous support. Not only Ishita, but many of our RISE students have also been benefitted with your funds. Children have been provided wife connections though with groups of children are able to resume their online education. Many of the children who have smartphones have received regular internet recharge packs through which they can study online & attend their school classes.

All the children as well as sweet Ishita thank you all for supporting them by all possible means. They shared, “we were sad about what if we won’t be able to study and learn. But you reached our endless hopes which have been encouraged all because of you. Thankyou for enlightening us with your immense help”. Through your initiative, we aim to imbibe the idea of education as the most important lever for social, economic, and political transformation. We shall be building-up the long-term wellbeing of children & families in Delhi in the communities of Sangam Vihar & Mundka.

 
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