Jun 29, 2020

Education cannot be put in lockdown!

Lesson Hours
Lesson Hours

Rainbow Homes Response to Covid-19 Crisis and Lockdown

From mid-March 2020, the Rainbow Foundation of India took the decision to lock down each of their 54 homes across the country. While several government officials pressurized the Foundation and the staff of individual homes to return our children to their parents or guardians, the decision was taken to retain as many of our children within our homes, where they would receive better nutrition and care than they might if they had returned to their parents. Despite explaining the benefits of allowing their children to remain within the homes, some parents did choose to remove their children from the home in these worrying times.

Once the homes were placed under lock-down, the educational situation was affected in the following ways:

  1. Schools were shut and teachers no longer came to the schools where our children studied.
  2. The home teaching staff, who are employed by RFI, were unable to visit the homes to conduct their after-school programs. Although in some homes, the residential home teaching staff are amongst those who are in the homes with the children during the lockdown.
  3. The children cannot leave the home to attend school or classes at nearby tuition centers.
  4. Other volunteer groups who conduct a range of extracurricular activities for our children could no longer visit the homes.

Therefore, in light of these constraints, the home education component during the lockdown has had to create alternative ways to engage our children so as to address their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development requirements. Some of the initiatives are listed below:

  1. Using videos to educate: Children are shown videos of topics and concepts directly relevant to their academic routines and levels. For example, Children from class 2-4 are shown videos that explain addition and subtraction in a local language.
  2. Using videos to engage: Children are shown videos of places like museums, monuments, zoos, forests, and jungles, or short films or documentaries which engage children on a particular theme like justice, honesty, love, joy, etc. These videos are used to start conversations and explorations of these ideas and concepts.
  3. Using movies to engage: During this lockdown, movies have been used more readily as a way to let our children enjoy themselves and be entertained.
  4. Using Art and Craft: Before the lockdown, art and craft activities were conducted regularly in all our homes. Now, our children, many of whom are already quite adept at creating wonderful works of art from a variety of objects, have regularly spent time creating and making new things. Also, videos that teach our children new techniques and designs have been sourced and shared with each home.
  5. Exercise: In each home, children are engaged physically with morning yoga and meditation sessions, free-play time in the evenings, and dance sessions as well. These keep children active and are also extremely enjoyable and relaxing.
  6. Academic Worksheets: The home teaching teams and government school teachers (in some states) have been creating worksheets for our children. These are used to keep children engaged with their school work during the lockdown.
  7. Using long-term engagement projects: Long-term projects which attempt to engage students on key themes (such as thankfulness, sharing, etc.) in a variety of ways – writing, theatre, song-making, poster-making.
  8. Using video-conferencing to teach: Our home teaching staff conduct classes for our children at home via video-conferencing. These classes focus largely on academic topics and happen regularly. Some organizations also engage our children with topics of Life Education, counseling, and art and craft skills.
  9. Using online learning resources: Individual states have tied up with organizations that provide digital learning resources which our children access through laptops, tablets, or phones. These focus on basic literacy and numeracy.

These initiatives have been successful up until a certain point but several challenges and constraints remain.

  1. Internet connectivity and the availability of laptops and projectors in each home makes it difficult to connect teachers with children in a seamless fashion. This also makes it difficult to watch videos and use e-learning resources effectively.
  2. While children have started to adjust to the routine of the lockdown, some do still face emotional and psychological issues related to it. Concern for parents or relatives and a desire to return to an earlier way of living and growing up are issues that are being addressed every day in every home. Finding a balance between addressing these emotional and psychological concerns and ensuring that the academic development of each child remains on track is a challenge but one that we are addressing.

There is a sustained effort being made by all the education teams to keep children engaged through this challenging time despite the constraints that must be worked around. It is an evolving process and slowly the focus is returning to every children’s academic, emotional and social development, as well as the nutritional and health needs which were the focus in the initial period of the lockdown. Your continued support will help us provide for the children to upkeep a balanced diet where food rations aren’t readily available, digital infrastructure – laptops, projector screens, and equipment to build live classrooms, teachers, and home staff salaries, our children other basic necessities.

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Group Lessons
Arts - way to create!
Arts - way to create!
Keeping balanced mind & Body
Keeping balanced mind & Body
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Online Classes
PROJECTION
PROJECTION
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One on one tutoring
Preparations for exams!
Preparations for exams!

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May 20, 2020

The New Normal

Online sessions
Online sessions

Dear friend of the Rainbows

We hope you're well and keeping safe.

While the world fights its worst pandemic to date, countries are combating it by going in a lockdown of people, businesses, shops, institutions, and livelihoods bringing the world to a standstill. But Child care is a service, which cannot be stopped, put on hold, or ignored. We at Rainbow Homes Program are doing every possible bit to ensure the children both young and older remain safe, protected, and cared for mentally and physically.

In this bit we share with you the new normal - adapting to the new routine wherein, we try to break that chain on the anxiety of being locked in and ensuring the quality education does not stop. We aimed at various innovative online virtual spaces of learning for young adults.

1. Life exposure and Life education - Josh - motivational videos were showcased. Live talks where people from various social, educational, career backgrounds shared their inspiring stories and journeys of facing struggle and overcoming the same. Key highlights out of the expert's life sessions were -

  • Story of how a student dropped out of MBA and started his tea stall, now earning millions
  • Importance of believing in your dreams and working hard for them
  • Taking the first step in the career
  • What happens when you gather the courage to make a decision and stick to it
  • Taking responsibility of your life
  • An inspiring story of facing failures and overcoming them to become a successful entrepreneur
  • What happens when you refuse to give up
  • Akshay Kumar shares the importance of discipline
  • It is okay to not speak good English, your language does not define you, your confidence does
  • Importance of knowing yourself inside out
  • How sometimes a career gets shaped without planning
  • How skills developed in one career help you in other careers
  • Dream big, start small, act now
  • Importance of giving your best in everything you do
  • It takes hard and patience to succeed when people question your caliber
  • Realistic positive thinking
  • An Indian navy captain shares how his never-give-up attitude helped him survive
  • Importance of pain in life
  • Importance of doing everything as a process and not talent alone makes you successful
  • Importance of having a goal
  • The journey of becoming an IPS officer
  • Life of an IPS officer

2. Personal grooming/personality enhancement/ Job readiness training - Live interactive sessions with videos were shared to help Young adults understand the various aspects of personality enhancement. Key takeaways - 

  • How to overcome inferiority complex
  • Efforts needed to improve communication skills
  • Importance of voice quality in speaking
  • Converting ideas into action
  • Importance of commitment
  • Importance of self-confidence
  • How to prepare for interviews
  • Effective Communication techniques in Sales field

3. Career guidance - Young adults took part in weekly webinars on various careers, first-hand information directly from the professionals on what it takes to make a career in a particular sector, the various options available, and the details of the involved options. Following careers options were discussed:

  • A career as an artist by Shiba K, Bollywood playback and pop singer.
  • A career as an entertainer by Ashi K, ex-founder- Goibibo and founder -Ind wealth.
  • A career in fashion industry by P Bida, India’s most influential fashion stylist and choreographer.

With further support from you and other patrons, we hope to start a digital literacy program to help reach the homes, where we are unable to provide for electronic gadgets and other necessary interventions to virtually conduct the sessions. One of the children undergoing these sessions exclaims " I absolutely loved the sessions, getting to know my favorite choreographer, learning his life tale made me realize they're in every way the same as me and my friends, and that it's alright to not feel happy all the time. With pressure and responsibility and a constant willingness to prove myself I too can fulfill my life's passions. " - Polomi

(All the names discussed above are changed to respect the privacy of the individuals)

 

#stopthespread #spreadkindness instead

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Never back down!
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Mar 2, 2020

Education & Development

Education Program for Vulnerable Children
Education Program for Vulnerable Children

The importance of education for street children cannot be overstated. It is a catalyst out of poverty and a path to independence. The education plan is, therefore, a central facet of the Rainbow Homes Program. It is unique in its holistic approach as it overcomes gaps in education, supports children with personal and psychological demands as well as catering to unique learning difficulties. As such, Rainbow Homes cater to the unique needs of every child, supporting them through the most important years of education to lead happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.

Last year, all 4120 Rainbow Home’s children were enrolled in age, grade-appropriate education. Children with a disability or learning difficultly were all provided with special interventions. This is an impressive achievement since 51% of our children had never enrolled in formal education prior to Rainbow Homes. Child-specific education plans and bridge courses taught by specialized teachers help our children begin their journey in education. Children then go on to access our vast support network that assists them through to completing their board exams. Last year, volunteers donated their time as role models and tutors, part-time teachers were appointed to offer remedial education support, in house Education Committees consisting of fellow children acted as stewards and confidants in times of need and finally, house mothers continued to create an environment of love and care that is vital for children when faced with the ups and downs of education.

We strive to make education more stimulating, exciting and effective. The following notable
initiatives were implemented last year:

1. The Delhi Rainbow Homes and Sneh Ghar has inducted dedicated, specialized English and
computer teachers. These teachers make use of the newly equipped computer lab and library to
ensure every child from 4th class is provided with basic computer and English skills. This has been
made possible with the help from institutes such as Inlingua, who provide child-centric English
lessons.

2. Bridge courses are central to the success of our education program. In this regard, homes in Patna
and Pune implemented training sessions with the help from Prayas in Patna and Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan, MSCERT and Quest in Pune to teach participatory and interactive methods. These methods
have been actively implemented with noticeable increased participation and understanding from
children.

3. Hyderabad homes have implemented new education techniques with the help from Learning
Space. These new techniques promote equity and equal opportunities in the classroom through
democratic, secular values that incorporate inclusive, transparent and sustainable learning practices.
By engaging, the children in real-world issues children form a greater understanding and can relate to
the topics.

4. In an attempt to introduce more arts and crafts into our children’s lives, homes in Patna have received help from retired volunteers from renowned art institutes to teach children local crafts and art. Furthermore, every Sunday, children from all Patna homes are attending “Kilkari Bihar Baal Bhawan”, by the Dept. of Education, to take part in arts and crafts and various other activities. They are learning photography, skating, dance, singing and statue making among others.

Comprehensive Care in Rainbow Homes Program
Comprehensive Care in Rainbow Homes Program
Bridge Course helps child in age appropriate class
Bridge Course helps child in age appropriate class
Newspaper reading sessions help build awareness
Newspaper reading sessions help build awareness
Types of Education Graph 18-19
Types of Education Graph 18-19
 
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