Children
 India
Project #5964

From Child Labour to a Chance at School

by SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
Class Activity - CFS
Class Activity - CFS

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES PROGRESS REPORT
(July - September, 2014)


SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  •  Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  •  Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 3,035 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (July - September, 2014)

For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. We have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities and celebrations were done with children along with learning activities. This month children have celebrated Independence Day (15th August), Rakshabadhan, E-id and Janmashtami. They have also visited the gardens

A visitor from a well-known TV show called “Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma” - character named as Sundarlal – Mr. Mayur Vakani - visited our two of Child Friendly Spaces centre. Intern from Luxembourg, Europe named Victoria came for internship, she was very happy in conducting different activities with children. She has also given some game training to teachers.

Saath in collaboration with aProCh foundation conduct various arts, crafts, and storytelling - games activities with the children on every 4th Sunday of the month in the park.

Saath has also conducted an exposure visit with children to centre for environment education and to different garden to teach the importance of environment and plantation of trees.

School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes. In this event different activities like singing, poetry and storytelling were given by children about their experience in our classes.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Centre, in Gujarati the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 15 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction. They have also learned summation of 2 digits.

The children were taught about craft and painting. They have learned new techniques of drawing. Also, they have learned importance and names of different colours. They are also taught importance of Environment Education

SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets and small words in English. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs.

SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Centre, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, kids learned basic examples of addition, multiplication and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids.
Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. They were taught general knowledge.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
In the last month, teacher has resigned and new teacher is enrolled. During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. Children were taken on an exposure visit and did various activities and were given school kits as gifts.

Lamba
Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them.

Ram – Raheem Tekro
During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, vegetables and fruits names, numbers from 1-100, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.
They have been taught to make toys from waste material. They have also taught about glass painting and learned different colours names.

Vejalpur
In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits. Children were taught season names and importance of cleanliness.

CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.


STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in September 14
Sr. No. Name of the Centre                  No. of Children
                                                           Boy    Girl     Total
1 Fatehwadi                                        13       22       35
2 Ram rahim no tekro                         21       22       43
3 Vejalpur                                           14       18       32
4 Naroda- Swaminarayan park           14       20       34
5 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park       20       13       33
6 Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        10       12       22
7 Narol                                                  4          6       10
                          Total                           96     113     209

Child Friendly Spaces (July 14- September 14)
Sr. No. Name of the Centre              Newly Enrolled Children        Children enrolled to School
                                                    Jul.14 Aug.14 Sep.14 Total         Jul.14 Aug.14 Sep.14 Total
1 Fatehwadi                                    -         -           -            -                1          1         2          4
2 Ram rahim no tekro                     -         -          -             -                 -          -          -           -  
3 Vejalpur                                       5        2        4            11                3          -          -           3
4 Naroda- Swaminarayan park      8        8         5            21                5         2          -           7
5 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park  5        -        15            20                2         -           -           2
6 Vastral- Devnandan Supremus   6       1         -               7                 -          -          -            -  
7 Narol                                            -        -         -               -                  -          -          -            -  
                      Total                       24     11       24            59               11         3         2         16 

Class Activity -2
Class Activity -2
Craft Activity -1
Craft Activity -1
Craft Activity -2
Craft Activity -2
Story Telling
Story Telling
Garden - Exposure Visit
Garden - Exposure Visit
Environment Education Activity
Environment Education Activity
Rakshabandhan Celebration - with TV Celebrity
Rakshabandhan Celebration - with TV Celebrity

Links:


Attachments:
Clay Modelling
Clay Modelling

Child Friendly Spaces PROGRESS REPORT
(April – June, 2014)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES
SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.


OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.


IMPACT
Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.


QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (April – June, 2014)
For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. We have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. The volunteers from Praxis Organization visited our one of Child Friendly Spaces centre. School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes. All the children from Child Friendly Classes celebrated the “NO CHILD LABOUR DAY”. The event was called “Meghdhanush” and celebrated on 12/6/2014. In this event different activities like dancing, singing, poetry and speeches were given by children about their experience in our classes. Children were happy to perform on stage. They have experienced a good and happy day of their life.


Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:
Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Centre, in Gujarati the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 15 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction, shapes and sizes, fruit and vegetables name and colours. They have also learned summation of 2 digits.

The children were taught about the importance of mathematics. In games the children played the indoor games. The children were taught about clay modelling and glass painting. They have learned new drawing and painting techniques. Also, they have learned importance and names of different colours.


SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets and small words in English. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs. One parent – teachers meeting was held to talk about their progress and make parents aware about their children. Teachers have taken tests in classroom and also shown result to their respective parents. Children performed well in their exams. Apart from these the children also learned about various animals and birds and their voices.


SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Centre, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, kids learned basic examples of addition, multiplication and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids. Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. They were taught general knowledge.
 
Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
In the last month, teacher has resigned and new teacher is enrolled. During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. Children were taken on an exposure visit and did various activities and were given school kits as gifts.


Lamba
Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them. Puzzle games were played with children.


Ram – Raheem Tekro
During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, vegetables and fruits names, numbers from 1-100, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development. They have been taught to make toys from waste material. They have also taught about glass painting and learned different colours names.


Vejalpur
 In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits. Children were taught season names and importance of cleanliness. Interns form Pandit Din Dayal University, came for their internship and shared the centre and did painting activities with children. Make them prepared for dance and painting competition on the event day.


CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

 
STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in June 14
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre              No. of Children
                                                         Boy    Girl    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                14          22          36
2    Ram rahim no tekro                  18          23          41
3    Vejalpur                                    21          21          42
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park     32          26          58
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park 20          20          40
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus    8          12          20
7    Lambha                                      8          10          18
                                        Total       121        134        255

Child Friendly Spaces (April 14- June 14)
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre                      Newly Enrolled Children                Children enrolled to School
                                                               Apr.14    May.14    Jun.14    Total    Apr.14    May.14    Jun.14    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                           8             1          6               15          -           8             7            15
2    Ram rahim no tekro                              -             3          7               10         -            -            3               3
3    Vejalpur                                             13            6          5               24         -           4             6             10
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park                9          13        15               37         -            -            11               11
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park           5           13       10               28          -           -               6               6
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus             10        11          -                 21         -          -             -                -   
7    Lambha                                               -           -             -               -              -           -              -                  -   
                                                   Total      45         47        43             135          -          12           33               45

Clay Modelling 2
Clay Modelling 2
Glass Painting
Glass Painting
Intern Visit - Glass Painting
Intern Visit - Glass Painting
Glass Painting 2
Glass Painting 2
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day1
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day1
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day3
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day3

Links:

Drawing Book Distribution -1
Drawing Book Distribution -1

Child Friendly Spaces PROGRESS REPORT

(January – March, 2014)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals. 
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (January – March, 2014)

For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. A new centre was opened in the month of March in the Vejalpur area. Thus currently we have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. Children celebrated the Republic Day and Holi during the three months. The students from Lycee International School France and did various activities with the children of one centre. Colouring Books and School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, a new teacher was enrolled in the month of January as the older teacher resigned. In Gujarat the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 10 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction, shapes and sizes and colours.

The children were taught about the importance of cleanliness. In games the children played the games of Volleyball, Kho – Kho and catch. The children were taught about colours with the help of newly given colouring books to them, information about Utrayan and Republic Day was given to them. 14 students from Lycee International School France visited the centre and did various activities with the children.  

SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, coloured the newly given books to them, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs.

Apart from these the children also learned about various animals and birds and their voices.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, the younger kids learned the numbers while the older kids learned about basic examples of addition and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids. Every Saturday drawing and colouring activities were done with children for the newly given colouring books to them. In sports and physical activities the children were taught standing up and sitting down exercise and the game of musical chair was played.

Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. The children were given information about the festival of ‘Utrayan’ and kites and sweets were distributed among them.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral

During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. In January the children were given kites on Uttrayan and on 26th January Republic Day the children sang the National Anthem.

In January 5 kids were selected by Coco – Cola Company and were taken on an exposure visit to their office where the children spent their day and did various activities and were given toys as gifts. In February the children were given colouring books and also basic school kits and were taught how to take care of them. The children celebrated the festival of Holi in March.

Umang Lamba

New children were enrolled in the centre in January. Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. For the children already coming to class even before January focus was given on them regarding words and their spellings. The children were taught to colour the books that were provided to them by a donor. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them. Puzzle games were played with children and also they were given information about the festival of Holi.

Ram – Raheem Tekro

Started in December this is also one of our new centers. During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.

Vejalpur

Our newest centre was started in March, 2014 in the Vejalpur area. 38 children were enrolled in classes. In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits.

CHALLENGES

 

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in March 14

Sr. No.     Name of the Centre                  No. of Children

                                                               Boy     Girl      Total

1              Fatehwadi                               22        29        51

2        Naroda- Swaminarayan park          27        22       49

3              Umang Lambha                       8          10       18

4       Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park       23       34         57

5        Vastral- Devnandan Supremus       23       40         63

6       Ram- Raheem tekro                        26        26        52

7        Vejalpur                                         18        20        38

                                          Total             147       181      328

 

Child Friendly Spaces (January 14- March 14)

                                                                             Newly Enrolled Children           Children enrolled to School

Sr. No.             Name of the Centre          Jan.14    Feb.14    Mar.14    Total     Jan.14    Feb.14     Mar.14     Total

1                           Fatehwadi                     20           11           10           41          -               -               -               -  

2          Naroda- Swaminarayan park             1           19           13           33         -               -               -               -  

3                  Umang Lambha                       4            1              1             6         -               -                -               -  

4      Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park             5           31           36           72        -               -               -               -  

5        Vastral- Devnandan Supremus             5           11           19           35        -               -               -               -  

6            Ram- Raheem tekro                       17             7           14           38        -               -               -               -  

7                           Vejalpur                           -               -             38           38        -              -              -               -  

                                   Total                         52            80          131          263        -             -              -               -  

 Activities

1) Colour book distribution

2) Student Exchange Programme of Mahatma Gandhi Internation School - Played games and conducted different game activities with Child Friendly Spces Children

Drawing Book Distribution -2
Drawing Book Distribution -2
Fatehwadi Class activity
Fatehwadi Class activity
Swaminarayan Park Naroda Class Activity
Swaminarayan Park Naroda Class Activity
Ram Rahim nu Tekru Class - Kit Distribution
Ram Rahim nu Tekru Class - Kit Distribution

Links:


Attachments:
Kankariya Carnival Visit 1
Kankariya Carnival Visit 1

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES (CFS) PROGRESS REPORT
(October – December, 2013)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.
 
    Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
 
    Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
 
CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol the children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
 
The main and objective of this programme is to reach the children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (October – December)

For overall development of a child during October to December, 2013 various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. The month of October and November were not much active at some of the classes as the children went back to their native villages for the celebration of Diwali. Our two centres run in Khodiyarnagar area were shifted in the nearby vicinity and a new centre in the area Ram – Raheem tekro was opened for the children of these 2 centres. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. Children celebrated Diwali and Christmas, went to the Kakariya festival and warm clothes were provided to the children for the winter by many donors that approached Saath.  In October the children of all the centres went to Udaipur, Rajasthan for training for 3 days on the topic of Child Development.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi

In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, in Gujarati language the children learned various sentences, songs, stories and words. In English the children learned alphabets in capital letters and small letters and reading-writing numbers from 1 to 10. In Mathematics the children 10 to 100 numbers, basic examples of addition, subtraction and multiplication and tables.

The children learned about the festivals of Dashera and Diwali, importance of cleanliness and various national songs including the national anthem.  Various sport activities were done and the children drew pictures related to Diwali. In October the children took part in rally to create awareness regarding Malaria and made Diwali cards.

The children took part in a craft activity for making masks, celebrated Christmas and went to Kankaiya Carnival.
 
Khodiyar Nagar – 1

In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught to read and write basic alphabets of English, Hindi, Gujarati and basic Hindi Grammar along with it. The children wrote an essay on Diwali, made Diwali greeting cards and drew pictures related to it and coloured them. The children also learned about the celebration of Diwali and Navratri and sweets were distributed in children among the children during Diwali.
  
The children learned tables of 5 and 6 in mathematics. Various games were played and in October the children were taken for picnic to Kankariya lake. Also Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated on 2nd October and the children also did ‘Garba’s’ during Navaratri. A parents meeting was also during the period along with a health checkup of all the children at the centre.
 
At the end of November the children were shifted to the new centre at the Ram – Raheem tekro.
 
Khodiyar Nagar – 2

During the period of two months the children played various games such as Kho – Kho, Catch etc. Learning activities were carried out with the help of Charts and Pictures.

In Hindi the children learned the alphabets, name of the months and weekdays, simple mathematical examples, name of the birds their colours and voices and simple words. In English the children learned the alphabets.

A balanced diet was given to the children during this period and the festival of Diwali was celebrated in which the children drew various pictures related to Diwali. On the 18th October a parents meeting was also held for discussing the children development with their respective parents.

At the end of November the children were shifted to the new centre at the Ram – Raheem tekro.
 
SW Park – Naroda

In SW Park Naroda, the kids were taught simple words and sentences and they learned about the Gujarati alphabets. Similarly the younger kids were taught the alphabets and basic words. In Mathematics the children were asked to fill identify numbers on the basis of pictures. In English the kids learned the alphabets and the basic grammer. Various songs were taught to children with storytelling activities.

Apart from this learning through charts was also done. The kids were taught the names of fruits, vegetables, vehicles, animals and their voices, parts of body etc. Information regarding Diwali was given to children and they were cautioned against using firecrackers during the festival. The festival was celebrated by children during which sweets were distributed among them. Many of the children at the centre went back to their villages during Diwali. Hence when they returned a meeting was done with their parents to inquire how the children spent their holidays and did they study back in the villages or not.

Various games and sports were played by the children during the three months as part of their outdoor activities. The children were also taken to Kankariya Carnival in the month of December.

SW Park - Vasna

At SW Park Vasna Center, during the 3 month period the kids learned simple addition and subtraction examples, Gujarati and English alphabets and simple words and sentences in both the languages. The older kids were given to read and write the alphabets along with the addition/subtraction examples.
 
The children were taught the names of animals, importance of discipline, wishing ‘Good Morning’ – ‘Good Bye’ etc. Information regarding Diwali was given to the children and the children drew various pictures related to Diwali.  In December the Kaknakariya Carnival was visited by the children.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
 
During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences.
 
The children did various craft activities at the centre and they were about paper cutting techniques. The children celebrated Diwali and they were taught about precautions to be taken during Diwali and sweets were distributed among the children. Kankariya Carnival was visited by the children in December.
 
Umang Lamba

Kids were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, names of flowers, fruits, vegetables, birds and animals, domestic and wilds animals, colours and shapes. Many new children were enrolled in the class and slowly with the help of games, songs and storytelling these children were accommodated with the environment of the classroom.

The children were taught about the festivals of Diwali, Dashera and Navratri. During Navratri the children did Garba’s and during Diwali a drawing completion was organised among the children. The children were taken to the Kankariya Carnival in December.

Ram – Raheem Tekro

This is our newest centre where the students from the Khodiyarnagar 1 and 2 centers were shifted. In the month of December the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati language. The children learned simple words, various children songs were taught to them along with various sport activities. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.

The children of the centre were taken to the Kakariya Carnival which the children enjoyed the most.
 
CHALLENGES

    Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
    Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
    Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
    The attrition rates of students are increasing.
    Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
    Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in December'13

Sr. No.          Name of the Centre                                No. of Children                              Note
                                                                                    Boy    Girl    Total   
1                  Fatehwadi                                                  10    20    30   
2                  Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1                     -      -        -                 Centre’s closed in November’13
3                  Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2                     -      -        -                  Centre’s closed in November’13
4                  Naroda- Swaminarayan park                      17    23    40   
5                  Lambha- Umang Lambha                           9    18    27   
6                  Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park                  14    21    35   
7                  Vastral- Devnandan Supremus                   20    36    56   
8                  Ram – Raheem Tekro                                 8    19    27                  centre opened in December’13
                                  Total                                           78    137    215   

Child Friendly Spaces (October’13 – December’13)

                                                                          Newly Enrolled Children             Children enrolled to School
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre                      Oct.13    Nov.13    Dec.13    Total    Oct.13    Nov.13    Dec.13    Total
1            Fatehwadi                                        1              4             1             6           -             -               -            -
2            Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1          -              -               -             -            -             -               -            -
3            Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2          -              -               -             -            -             -               -            -
4            Naroda- Swaminarayan park             -              9             12          21          -             1              -            1
5            Lambha- Umang Lambha              10              2             10         22           -             -               -            -
6            Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park        -               4              21        25           -             -               -            -
7            Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        8               -               14         22          -             -               -            -
8             Ram – Raheem tekro                     -                -               27          27          -            -               -            -
                      Total                                       19           19              85         123          -            1              -          1

Kankariya Carnival Visit 2
Kankariya Carnival Visit 2
Kankariya Carnival Visit 3
Kankariya Carnival Visit 3
Kankariya Carnival Visit 4
Kankariya Carnival Visit 4
Cristmas Celebration
Cristmas Celebration
Sweater Distribution
Sweater Distribution
Fatehwadi Class 1
Fatehwadi Class 1

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Fatehwadi Class
Fatehwadi Class


CHILD FRIENDLY SPACE PROGRESS REPORT
(July – September, 2013)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.
 

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.


CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol the children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (JULY – SEPTEMBER)

For overall development of a child during July to September, 2013 various activities were conducted at 7 child friendly centres. Following are the brief description of kind of activities conducted at various centres. During the period the CFS programme received donation of books, pencils, erasers and various other study materials. Hence, each of the children at the 7 different centres were given a school kit comprising of the basic education material.
 
Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center, the children read and wrote different stories in Gujarati and learned some basic Gujarati songs. In English the kids learned the alphabets, numbers from 1 to 20 and names of the days. In Mathematics they learned to count numbers with the help of pictures and also basic examples of multiplications.

Festivals of Ramazan Idd, Rakshabandhan, Janmasthmi were celebrated along with the Independence Day on which the kids learned the National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’. The children drew pictures of various aspects of nature and the utensils used at home. Along with education they were provided nutritious fruits and snacks. For the physical development of kids various interactive games were also played.

In the month of July the children were taken to Gandhinagar for a movie by Aproch – Riverside school and in August a painting competition was held for children by one of our corporate partners. On the 17th of August a parents meeting was organised at the centre in which 20 parents were present who were given information about the importance of education and child care. The parents were also given information about the procedure for enrolling the children in school and were asked to contact the centre teacher if they faced any difficulties regarding admission of children in schools.

Khodiyar Nagar – 1
In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, kids were taught to read and write basic alphabets of Hindi, Gujarati and basic Hindi Grammar along with it. Some new kids were enrolled in the centre and they were taught the basic alphabets, numbers and simple addition – subtraction examples from the beginning. The kids also learned with the help of various educational toys. Through different interactive games the kids learned about different colours and also how the combination of two or more colours will form a new different colour. The children were asked to draw various pictures of their own choice and colouring them appropriately in which children drew pictures of trees, houses, peacock, flower, elephant etc. The children also learned about domestic animals and their various uses. They were given information regarding different seasons of the year.

The festivals of Rakshabandhan and Janmasthmi were celebrated at the centre. On 15th August – Independence Day the children were taken to a nearby garden where they did various activities. In the month of July, due to Aamas month the children learned about it and also were given Farari meal that is usually taken during Aamas period. The kids were also taken to Gandhinagar for a film screening by Aproach – Riverside school on of our partners.

Khodiyar Nagar – 2
It is one of our newest centres recently opened in the month of June. During the period of three months with the help of charts the kids learned about various symbols of the nation. Also, the kids learned basic alphabets, grammar and numbers of three languages Hindi, Gujarati and English. They learned about drawing, storytelling and prayers. The children also celebrated the festival of Rakshbandhan and a flag hosting was done on 15th August – Independence Day.

SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, older kids were taught about the basic Gujarati grammar, reading and writing of sentences/paragraphs and tables from 1 to 11 to read/ write and learn by heart. Younger kids were taught basic alphabets, numbers and identifying the missing numbers from a sequence. All the kids together were also taught Basic English and Hindi alphabets and numbers and doing addition/subtraction.
The children learned about the names of the month, days of a week and about various seasons that are experienced in a year. They learned to identify different colours, counting of numbers with the help of various games. Several outdoor games were also played such as volley ball and football.

The children were taught about various parts of the body and their functions. They learned about names of the various birds and their voices, names of fruits and their specific tastes. The children were taught how to draw the national flag and crafts activities were also done in which children made paper boats.

SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Center, during the 3 month period the kids learned the basic alphabets and numbers of Hindi, Gujartai and English language. Moreover, Kids were given balanced diet that can lead to their physical and mental development. Various songs and stories based on moral were also told.

15th August – Independence Day was celebrated in which the kids learned the National Anthem of India.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
Kids were taught English alphabets. The kids learned about numbers, and doing examples of simple addition and subtraction. Also they were taught drawing and different words. The kids played various indoor and outdoor games.

The kids at the centre were given a balanced diet so as to support their physical and mental growth. On the 15th August – Independence Day was celebrated, where the kids sang the National Anthem and were given information about flag hosting.
 
Umang Lamba
In Umang Lamba, kids were taught basic alphabets and numbers. The kids were also taught to speak and write different words.  Also as the centre got new toys in July, various games were played with them to increase the counting abilities of the children.  Also the teacher visited various educational facilities in the area such as nearby government run pre-schools and met the local education correspondent of the government to learn about the situation of children of the locality and what could be done to improve the current situation.

In August, the centre was shifted to a new construction site. Due to festival of Rakshabandhan, while there were not enough children at the construction site as the workers had gone to their native villages for the festival but the number if children are expected to increase till Diwali. In the new centre as the kids were coming for the first time they were taught various children songs and children learned through various games. They learned to count with the help of games and about the names of different birds. The kids were given information about the festivals of Rakshbandhan and Janmasthmi and the Independence Day – 15th August on which chocolates were distributed among the kids. Also, 1 parents meeting was organised.

CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.



STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in September 13
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre    No. of Children
                                                 Boy    Girl    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                 12    23    35
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1    11    21    32
3    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2    10    12    22
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park         23    21    44
5    Lambha- Umang Lambha            10    16    26
6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park    10    6    16
7    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        15    24    39
                              Total                   91    123    214



Child Friendly Spaces (July 13 - September 13)
                                                      Newly Enrolled Children             Children enrolled to School
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre          Jul.13 Aug.13 Sep.13 Total    Jul.13  Aug.13 Sep.13 Total
1    Fatehwadi                                         5    -              12    17           1        3             -      4
2    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 1          8    2               3    13            -          -            -        -
3    Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 2            -    -                2    2             -         4             -      4
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park               7    4             15    26           1       -               -      1
5    Lambha- Umang Lambha                  1    16              10    27         -          -            -        -
6    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park           15    6               6    27          -          -            -        -
7    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus               -    8                  9    17        -          -            -        -
                                 Total                           36   36              57    129    2            7         -        9

EXPECTATIONS
We are looking at fund raising of Rs. 1.48 crores in next two years for education children from slums, child labourers and children of labourers on construction sites. The cost of running one education centre is Rs. 2 Lakh per year.

FUTURE GOALS
To reach out to at least 3,000 child labourers and children of labourers and providing quality education in at least two more slums in Ahmedabad.

Khodiyarnagar 2 Class
Khodiyarnagar 2 Class
School Kit Distribution -1
School Kit Distribution -1
School Kit Distribution -2
School Kit Distribution -2
School Kit Distribution -3
School Kit Distribution -3
Children Visit the Park
Children Visit the Park
Children Visit the Park-2
Children Visit the Park-2

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Organization Information

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.saath.org
Project Leader:
Keren Nazareth
co-director
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$30,759 raised of $31,236 goal
 
306 donations
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