Marisa appeciating children's art
Dear friends and donors !
We are here again with an update from the field. This time we would like to present a brief report on the visit of a Global Giving Donor to IDEA and a case study on the impact of your donation in giving access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) to poor children .
GLOBAL GIVING DONOR MARISA VISITS IDEA
On 28 March 2013 , Marisa Rawlins from UK visited IDEA’s office in Pune . She has been a consistent supporter of IDEA since many years . We explained her about IDEA’s Projects & Programs in general and the Global Giving project ‘Holistic Development for 300 Poor Kids in India’ , in particular . She appreciated us and was very pleased to see how children are benefitting from the donations received from Global Giving ., especially how IDEA could help poor children access to Early Childhood Education in a remotely located slum in Pune . She was so impressed with this new center and suggested us to present the CASE STUDY of this particular project in the quarterly feedback report to Global Giving / the Donors.
A CASE STUDY
Access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) for poor children
While working in Ramnagar- a thickly populated slum in Pune, IDEA came to know about KhanVasti, an extended part of Ramnagar but situated on the hilly area. A survey was done in that area where the total population is approx. 2000. 32% children were identified in the age group of 3-5 yrs but only 34% children in this age group attended the private or the govt. preschool which were at a distance of 2 KM from this slum. The private preschool was charging an yearly fee of approx Rs. 900/. The parents also found it difficult to carry children or make them walk as their houses are on the hilly area. Though there is a norm to have a Preschool or anganwadi within the habitation of such a cluster ,it was absent. So most of the parents preferred to enroll their children directly in grade 1 , rather than in preschool. Our experience shows that chances of children with no preschool background dropping out of school are more than that of with preschool background. So IDEA took the initiative to start a preschool in the locality, otherwise they would be deprived of this education which is important to prepare the child for the formal schooling.
There are 30 children in the age group of 3-5 yrs regularly attending the preschool started in June 2012. It is conducted every day between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm except on Sundays. Here they learn good habits, songs, poems, stories, coloring & pasting for their intellectual as well as the motor skills development, eye hand coordination & concentration . Nutritious snacks are provided every day. All important religious & national festivals are celebrated in the center.
The children are regular to the preschool. Average 95% attendance is there every month. The parents are happy as their children are able to attend the preschool in the community itself. It is accessible for parents and their children . The center is very popular in the locality that 11 children from other far off area too now attend this preschool. Shifa is one of the child who is glad to attend IDEA’s center. The parents of Anjum, Afrin Kaif feel proud that their children are able to recite poems, alphabets, numbers etc. Children enthusiastically participate in all activities.
Minakshi, the mother of 3 children -Om, Jay and Jagdish- say, she is able to go for work without any tension as her two tiny tots attend IDEA’s play & learn center . She works as a maid servant in 3 houses. She says her elder two sons never went to preschool and were directly enrolled in 1st std, so they lag behind in studies.
Anjum’s mother says that earlier Anjum used to play and wander in the community. Now she is happy to attend the center. She wakes up in time and is behind her mother to get her ready for the pre- school. She is one of the brightest children in the center. The preschool has channelized her talents at the right age.
15 children who were attending this Preschool have been now enrolled in grade 1 and will attend a school in June 2013.
Thank you note from IDEA and an Appeal for support :
On behalf of the children and their parents we are very thankful to you for your donation and looking for your continued support!
Marisa with IDEA staff
Children enjoying snacks