Nov 19, 2019

Activities Update

LIFE SKILL TRAINING:-

CINI provides life skill trainings to students who have dropped out from schools. These trainings help the children by giving them a basic idea as to how they can shape their future and grow up to do something constructive. CINI links those children at Rambagan, who are unable to continue their education, to vocational training courses so that they can become self-dependent and do not practice unethical means of earning. Life Skill Training sessions are mainly provided on issues such as stress and anger management, career counselling, sexual and reproductive health etc.

E-LEARNING CLASSES:-

E-Learning classes (learning methods through electronic devices) were introduced at Rambagan on December 2017. With the provision of twenty I-Ball tablets and a laptop by Vital Foundation, there has been a remarkable shift from the monotony of the daily study schedule. The E-Learning classes are meant for the students from class VI to X. Teachers prepare questions based on the syllabus of the respective classes. These classes take place thrice a week – Monday’s Wednesdays and Fridays, for duration of two hours. The classes are conducted on web portals known as ‘Quizalize’ and ‘Zzish’. The main subjects on which E-Learning classes are conducted are English Grammar, Mathematics, Science and General Knowledge and Life Skills. The children are divided into two groups – those that have attended E-Learning classes before and those who haven’t. The progress and educational standards of the students are assessed with the help of these scores.

COUNSELLING:-

Regular counselling and therapy sessions are carried out for the children of Ram Bagan in order to ensure that they have a proper mental health. They require regular counselling session and psycho-social support as they have been exposed to abuse, vulnerability and exploitation. To remove the after effects and trauma of these occurrences, both individual as well as group counselling sessions are carried out. Various therapy sessions are carried out at the centres:-

  • Art Therapy: Activities such as painting, drawing, sketching, colouring etc. help the children to relieve their stress and establish a strong relation with fellow students and teachers.
  • Behaviour Modification Therapy: Behaviour Modification Therapy seeks to modify the behaviour of children through cognition based activities. These activities help the children to tackle with the stress and anxiety present in their daily lives.

 

A total of 95 children received counselling support in the past 6 months.

 

CONVERGENCE:-

Children’s Group in association with WLCPC ensures a safety net in the Community by determining protection of the child.

CINI attempts to build a Child Friendly Community[1] (CFC) at Rambagan where governmental and non-governmental agencies, community stakeholders, service providers, local self-government will play the pivotal role of ‘duty bearers’ while CINI shall play the active role of facilitator to meet different entitlements of the vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ children to ensure protection of a child. To create a CFC, a holistic development of a safety net in the community is a must.

By adopting a Child Friendly Community approach, CINI ensures the involvement of the community especially the children through participatory process where together they analyse, plan and monitor the progress collectively, thus bringing the sense of ownership and leading for sustained effort.

 

[1]A community free from the issues of children’s exploitation and vulnerability.

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Sep 27, 2019

Background of Project

Kolkata metropolitan area ihas a population of 143 million. It is the third most densely populated urban agglomeration in India after Mumbai and Delhi. The Sealdah station has over 2.5 million commuters each day, is one of Kolkata’s four major train stations and is the terminal for long distance trains to northern, north-western, north-eastern & eastern India as well as other states. On an average, 250 children on average (95% boys) come each month from rural areas to the city to earn money or are lured on the pretext of various false promises. Many of them face sexual abuse, or turn to pick-pocket, begging or drug gangs. Many end up doing rag-picking, scavenging or cleaning trains for a living. Some work in local shops or markets for subsistence. The project seeks to rescue and shelter such children and restore them to their family with adequate family strengthening measures so they can have a proper childhood.

Since West Bengal is well connected with the local trains, the traffickers take the advantage of these trains and take the children to either Sealdah or Howrah from where they are being sent to other places. The Railways and bus terminus are important routes through which trafficking from the source areas is done. Thus there is a need to have very strong and sensitive stakeholders at the Railway Stations for increased surveillance and to intervene in rescuing victims. The stakeholders in the railway stations need to be sensitized as their response towards the issue of protecting children in the railway station premises is found to be slack and insensitive. CINI has initiated partnership with the GRP, RPF and other stakeholders in the railway premises in Sealdah. The initiative needs to be followed with the source stations stakeholders too.

The Railways and various statutory agencies like National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), NHRC, and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights have to work in close coordination with each other. The legislations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) aimed at child protection in the railway premises provide for various coordination mechanism but they are seldom implemented. The action proposed is a continuation of the various activities initiated by CINI till date. The capabilities of the Railway Police and travel authorities also need to be strengthened so that proper interventions can take place during the transit period of child victims.

Sep 12, 2019

Success story on Nabo Asha Project

Harish (name changed) is an 11-year-old boy who left school after the death of his father. Harish could not continue his studies as he had to work to help support his family. Harish and his family are from Bihar, but Harish and his older brother came to Kolkata to find work while his mother and sister stayed in Bihar.
Harish was identified by the teachers of Nabo Asha when he was working as a child labourer with his brother. The Nabo Asha staff spoke to his older brother about his education and the need of a better and safer living environment. His brother then decided to enrol him in the New Market Nabo Asha centre to continue his studies.
Harish is a studious boy, who loves drawing. Initially he was enrolled in the non-formal unit where his capabilities were identified. After 3 months of coaching support, Harish was enrolled in Rani Roushami High School. He is a very active student who listens to his teacher and happily engages in the classes.
Harish has a lot of potential but struggled to the opportunity to explore his potential. When he was enrolled in school he found it difficult to adjust however with support from Nabo Asha he is doing well in school.
Harish is now in class V and takes part in various activities in school and the centre. He is motivated and knows the value of education; he believes that only through education he can help change the present situation of his family.

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