Education on wheels is a uniquely designed program that prepares slum children for formal education by taking the school to them. EOW is a well-equipped bus with computers, TV, and other essential education-related materials. The idea is to motivate slum kids & their parents by providing suitable facilities, skilled teachers & innovative curriculum to bring kids up to the 3rd-grade school level in one year, preparing them for 3rd-grade examination & enroll them into local 4th-grade schooling.
Access to education & learning is nonexistent in any slums. Poor parents don't have enough resources to send their children to traditional schools. As a result, the children often do domestic chores or get into rag-picking & other criminal activities. Since 2019, the program has expanded to 400 children living in 8 slums in Delhi & Gurgaon by adding two more buses (a total of four). For continued success, Sukarya needs to raise $275,000 in the next three years.
Currently, the EOW program is run in 8 slums providing Non-Formal Education to 400 children with the following key components: Monthly Parent-Teacher Meetings, Health Clinics, learning tests, Screenings of inspirational movies, Exposure Visits, Open Basic Education & Computer classes. Parents are sending their children to classes on time & actively taking part in parent-teacher meetings. Children are showing great sense of competitiveness among themselves by being punctual & scoring good marks.
In addition to educating 1200 children in a year, we propose an Accelerator Program for Education on Wheels to sponsor 103 already mainstreamed (in 2019) children for further studies till at least 10th grade to build and shape their career towards self reliance. This will enable: 1. 103 children to realize their dreams and reach up to high school level. 2. This degree will pave the way for future studies. 3. They will be able to pursue vocational courses for their economic self-reliance.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).