(July, 2012 – September, 2012)
Saath: Creating Inclusive Societies
Saath Charitable Trust
Saath Charitable Trust was established in the year 1989 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Saath has completed 22 years as an organization working on initiatives for equity in development. In the urban settlements, it has been working since 1989. In the wake of the earthquake in 2001, it ventured into rural areas of Kutch and also initiated work in the town of Rapar. Post communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, Saath started proactive work in the field of conflict resolution where the approach has been to address the development needs of the urban poor (Hindus and Muslims) and through interactions for development, create enabling environments that promote peace building and reduction in conflict.
- 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.
SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour non-formal education course with an aim to later enrol them 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 aim to bridge this gap.
Currently, there are 8 Child Friendly Space centres; 3 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 5 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have steered more than 2000 child labourers and children of labourers back into formal schooling systems.
Quarterly Status of CFS (July-September)
1. Gupta Nagar
In Vasna Center, Guptanagar, teachers trained the kids in the Gujarati Language. The kids were asked to write Vowels. Kids were taught tables from 1 to 10 oral and written. The kids were also taught drawings, Colour Work and writing A,B,C,D till Z in English. The kids were also provided Snacks of different types which had vitamins, Nutrition and calcium. They were also provided Milk and Fruits. In August and September, kids were taught tables from 11 to 20 and revised the tables learnt previously. The kids did mud work and learnt team work.. Rakshabandhan festival was also celebrated.
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Center during the month of July, Teachers played various songs in the CFS. Also the kids were taught Gujarati letters and informed about various parts of the vehicles, usefulness, type of vehicles Etc. Moreover, the kids were taught indoor games which lead to the mental exercise. In August, the students were taught to write 1 to 100 in words and figures. Kids also learnt the names of the fruit and vegetables. They were able to write A to Z in English. They sketched paintings of plants and animals. In September, kids were taught tables from 1 to 10, revised the activities done from July and new words in Gujarati were taught to them through stories and during these months they were provided with snacks, fruits, milk during the classes. The kids celebrated festivals like Rakshabandhan and Independence day.
3. Khodiyar Nagar
In the Behrampura (Khodiyarnagar) CFS, during July the kids were taught numbers and words, signs and symbols in English and Gujarati. Moreover, personal consultation to each kid was done. Apart, storytelling and songs on various themes were played. In August, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. The new admissions were taught the letters in Gujarati and English. In September, 9 kids were enrolled in the STP Course and further in school. 10 new kids were enrolled in the CFS at the centre
4. SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, kids were taught numbers and words from A to Z in English and Gujarati. 1 to 50 numbers were asked to write and speak. Kids were provided information on the cleanliness of the body parts and songs were played which included the number games song and songs which had names of vegetables and fruits. In August, these students were revised the numbers and words and story telling on various morals was done. Moreover, exhibition of vessels was conducted. Students were also given snacks, milk and nutritious fruits and juice. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated. In September, picnic to Kankaria was organized where kids can see the animals compare their characteristics with those taught to them. These kids were those involved in child labour.
5. SW Park - Vasna
The SW Park Vasna Center, Shahwadi, In July the kids in the centre were taught to write essay on various festivals in few lines. They were taught addition and subtraction and new words in English and Gujarati language. In August, Kids learnt to draw sketches on various themes and also did mud work. They played various outdoor games and a short picnic was organized.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. Kids also learn to write and speak numbers in words and figures in both English and Gujarati. In September, Kids were taught the names of various fruits and vegetables along with the names and types of vehicles. Kids played indoor and outdoor games as well. Kids were taught the songs in the way they can remember and sing when they like it.
6. Madhav Homes – Vastral
In Vastral Madhav Homes, kids were taught numbers and words from A to Z in English and Gujarati. Kids were provided information on the cleanliness of the body parts and songs were played which included the number games song and songs which had names of vegetables and fruits. In August, these students were revised the numbers and words and story telling on various morals was done. Moreover, exhibition of vessels was conducted. Students were also given snacks, milk and nutritious fruits and juice. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated. In September, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. 1 to 50 numbers were asked to write and speak. They were also taught paper cutting. The weight and height of kids were also noted.
7. Umang Lamba
In Umang Lamba, kids were told stories and songs on various themes. They were given a rich diet so to help them grow. Kids were taught letters in English and Gujarati. Various festivals in the month were also celebrated in August. In September, Craft work was taught to kids and also they drew sketches and painted them. They played outdoor games that helped them get physical exercise and also games that help them have mental growth. Moreover, the kids also were revised the numbers in English and Gujarati. They were distributed the writing pad so that they can practice well the given task in the classroom.
8. Nilkanth Heights – Vastral
In Vastral, Nilkanth Heights site was ready and thus we could do the activities only in July and we will shift the site when labours shift to the next site. Saath incorporated many things in July like teaching numbers in words and figures, English letters and Gujarati words. Moreover, the kids were taught various drawings on different subjects like Nature, Vegetables, Trees Etc.
- 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 standardised.
- 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 ward enrolled to CFS.
Status of CFS
Child Friendly Spaces- Status in September 12
Sr. No. Name of the Centre No. of Children
Boy Girl Total
1 Vasna- Guptanagar 15 15 30
2 Juhapura- Sankalitnagar 7 18 25
3 Behrampura- Khodiyarnagar 9 19 28
4 Naroda- Swaminarayan park 28 27 55
5 Vastral- Madhav Homes 10 8 18
6 Naroda- Nilkanth Heights - - -
7 Lambha- Umang Lambha 20 24 44
8 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park 22 20 42
Total 111 131 242
1. Dinesh lost his father and his mother is a domestic help. He has two elder brothers. Dinesh used to study and had passed till 5th grade. However, after the death of his father Dinesh had taken a drop and started working. One good day he got to know from his friends regarding the CFS and he decided to study again while continuing to work as that was the need of the hour. Dinesh, presently is in 7th grade and can read and write well. He is motivated by his family members to study well. He has a good grasping power and has multitasking abilities.
2. Varsha was a second standard student when she approached Saath CFS. She has a family of 5 members: Mother, Father, Two Brothers and one Sister. She used to study and then took a drop and started the labour work supporting mother. One fine day her friend who was enrolled with CFS brought her to class and advised her to join the same as she could work and study at the same time. She was helped to get admitted in the school and she is now able to read and write numbers, words Etc. It’s since 5 months that she is associated with CFS.
We are looking at raising 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.
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.