Children
 India
Project #8774

Give a smile to 3000 slumchildren to attend school

by Ruchika Social Service Organisation
Vetted
Srabani
Srabani

Kaling Foundation Trust, Bhubaneswar an organization dedicated to the causes of scientific development has organized a children's science exhibition called "Little Scientist-2017" at Bhubaneswar. Two little scientist from Kancha Sahi slum - Srabani (not her real name) and Barsha (not her real name), both in Class-V participated in the science exhibition with their innovative project title "Electricity can be produced from air" and it was highly appreciated by the visitors. Both the children got cash prizes of 100 rupees each from the Chief Guest and a certificate each from Kalinga Foundation.

Name of the science project:  Electricity can be produced from air.

Process: Firstly, take an iron rod and rewind it with copper wire. Then put it between two numbers of 'horse shoe magnet'. Connect the coil with the turbine. Put a table fan in full speed and put the air on the turbine. It will run by the force of the air. When the turbine will run, the coil will be run and it will produce electricity. 

Output: This type of project will be helpful for hilly areas to produce electricity and can be used for many purpose.

Barsha
Barsha
Children are going to school
Children are going to school

Pratima (not her real name) and Pratap (not his real name) are siblings of about 12 and 11 years old respectively. Their parents are native of Nayagarh district but lived in Puri for some years.  These children were studying at Markendeswar Government Upper Primary School in Puri. Due to some problem they were migrated to Phuleswari slum in Patrapada, Bhubaneswar. Here these children didn’t get admission in school in the absence of proper documents. In the meantime, the teacher of the remedial center run by Ruchika Social Service Organization, Bhubaneswar came to know about the problems. She met the parents and understands their problems. Then she met the Principal of the nearby government school and tried to know the reason behind not admitting these children in school. After that, Ruchika team facilitated the process and interacted with the Education Department officials (OPEPA). Finally, the children were admitted in school and continuing their studies.

This quarter, Ruchika was able to facilitate 200 such admissions in to different government schools. 

Rupa in her school uniform
Rupa in her school uniform

Rupa, pictured here, is a sixteen-year-old girl who has benefitted from the activities offered by the project. In the picture she holds a certificate of participation in a science exhibition. Her family includes herself, her parents, and her younger brother and sister. Her father is a daily labourer and her mother works as a domestic help. Due to lack of opportunities after Cyclone Phailin in 2013, they had to relocate to the city in search of a livelihood. Rupa was forced to discontinue her education to take care of her younger siblings who are in the 4th and 6th standards respectively and support her mother in household chores.

 

The project team met Shikha, Rupa’s younger sister when conducting a survey in her community, later Shikha was supported through remedial education support, and she also passed out with good grades. After being part of the centre for nearly two years, Shikha requested for some support for her sister Rupa, who was studying in Standard 8 when they left the village. However, Rupa was reluctant to return to school to study with children who are much younger than her. Rupa was offered help to re-join school, however upon voicing her hesitation, she was instead offered to attend the remedial classes first, which she accepted.

 

After few months, Rupa had increased interested and requested for support for her enrollment in Class 9. The Project team visited the High School near her slum, as suggested by the Principal, the team members together with Rupa approached Board of Secondary Education directly. After continuous persuasion her admission procedures were completed. She completed her Class 9th successfully and is now preparing for her board exams for March 2017.

 

“I learnt a lot from other girls who are studying with me, I dress up neatly and I tend my hair properly too. In the past I was not very tidy about it” Rupa explains. “Staying back at my house, I could have never been able to interact so well, or know of few things like computers. I have a feeling that I can do something and after completing my 10th exam, I can enrol myself in learning skills and will earn on my own to support my parents.” She then poses for a picture.

 

Ruchika Social Service Organisation has been supporting 979 of these children studying in Class 6, Class 7 and Class 8 through 40 remedial centres. The organisation ensures 100% enrolment of children in school.  The children who have difficulty in coping in schools are identified and provided remedial education support through improving their competencies and peer support. This year, all the children performed very well in the annual exams.


Making the kind of commitment it takes to ensure 95% retention of children in school and supporting them in improving their academic proficiency is only possible if support from special individuals and foundations are received, however, in the last quarter the project had not received any resources. These funds are used for paying costs for teaching materials, teacher’s salary and setting up libraries. We request our previous donors to support the project generously and assist us in reaching out to more children like Rupa living in the slums of Bhubaneswar.

Health camp at Laxmisagar BhoiSahi Remedial Centre
Health camp at Laxmisagar BhoiSahi Remedial Centre

In response to the growing rate of drop outs from the formal school system Ruchika started Remedial Education program in 2009. Presently it reaches out to 3500 children with 105 primary and 67 elementary remedial education centers spread across 105 slums of Bhubaneswar. Paul Hamlyn Foundation supports the organization to operate in 10 slums with 10 Primary Remedial and 10 Elementary Remedial Centers.

 

Remedial Education

 

Remedial education is designed to bring students who are lagging behind up to the level of achievement realized by their peers.  There are a number of reasons why a student might need remedial education which are given as follows.

 

  1. Some students attend schools of poor quality, and don't receive adequate grounding in Math, English and other core subjects to prepare them for higher classes or for life.
  2. Some students may have transferred in and out of schools or missed school a lot, creating gaps in their education which contribute to lack of knowledge in core subjects.
  3. Students may also have learning disorders and other issues which have impaired their ability to learn.

 

Hence remedial education is imparted to the needy students keeping in view of their deficiency in the core subjects. Individual attention is paid to the students to identify the deficiency and plans are made to empower the child to acquire necessary knowledge in that subject.

 

Enrolment

 

During this period attempts were made to enroll the students in government schools and at the remedial education centers. The list of Remedial centers and enrolment of students in the centre by the end of March 2016 is 444.

 

a)    Activities with the Community

  • 10 Basti Education Committees have been working effectively. The members of this committees monitor the work of remedial centres running in their respective slums.
  • 60 Monthly meetings of BECs have been conducted religiously and resolutions are made unanimously.
  • 31 community meetings have been organized.
  • In each ‘community meeting’ the communities have been sensitized on RTE and Child Protection Policy. They are also being convinced to visit the govt. schools and Ruchika Remedial Centres regularly to monitor the progress of the children.
  • The activities of community are being followed up by the Cluster educators regarding the above issues.
  • 8  Mahila Sikhshya Mandal and 1  Yuba Mandals has been constituted.   The members were sensitized and are made aware of physical education, mental education, sanitation, Child protection policy and above all about RTE act

Activities with the Children

  • Very low percentage of students have been dropped out during the academic year 2015-16. A survey will be conducted in July 2016 to know about the detailed progress of the children.
  •  The Remedial teachers are provided with training on the new methodologies, strategies of education, multi-grade teaching skills, remedial coaching skills, record maintenance and child psychology. 
  • Children are regularly counseled to attend the government schools. The teachers take initiative to visit the home of the child if any child is absent from the school. It is noticed that the children’s attendance has been increased remarkably.
  • Evaluation and Assessment – Competency based tests have been completed. About 80 % children have completed all the competencies as planned. Grey Mater Indiahas conducted the End line assessment during March 2016. Results are awaited. 
  • Five Balaka Mandal and Five Balika Mandal has been formed. President and Secretary were selected. The members of these Mandals were made aware of RTE, Child Protection Policy (CPP). They also realized on these issues and promised to take necessary steps by convince their parents to demand quality education in schools as well as sensitize  the govt. schools teachers on the issue. 

Outputs and Outcomes

Outputs

  1. 444 children enrolled into the remedial centres. All of them are studying in the government schools.
  2. All 20 remedial teachers and other staff as proposed are in place. The project runs smoothly. 
  3. Most of students have completed all competencies in Math & English.
  4. 10  Basti Education Committees have been constituted and monthly meetings are conducted regularly.
  5. All the records of the project are in place.
  6. End line assessment has been conducted in the month of March-2016.
  7. Teaching learning materials have been supplied to the Remedial centers as per need.

Outcome

  1. The academic proficiency of the targeted slum children have noticeable changed.
  2. Dropout rate in the school has been checked almost completely.
  3. Children are attending the school happily because all their home task are done in the remedial  centres  and all their learning problems are solved.
  4. A  positive  environment  has been created in the slum to send the children to school & demanded quality education in govt. schools.
  5. Govt. school teachers are accepting our teachers and appreciating the friendship  joyful teaching methodology .
Street to School Campaign
Street to School Campaign

In a country where about 50% of children in the age group of 6-14 do not attend school and where half the girls fail to enroll, and those who do are likely to drop out by the age of 12, education is seen as an important tool towards the realization of rights of all children.

There are 81.5 1akh out of school children in the country, according to figures reported by the Minister for Human Resources Development on 24 August 2011. While there are no reliable estimates for each category of excluded children, experience of educators, activists and governments highlights that the numbers could run into several hundred millions. But the large categories of excluded children included in this note face several common barriers in most parts of the country, such as child workers, street children or disabled children

About 10,000 children in Bhubaneswar alone, remain out of school in a country where elementary education is a constitutionally guaranteed right.” We believe that street children matter, and that every child has the right to fulfill their potential.

Ruchika’s Street to School programmes around the world recognize that every child living or working on the street has a right to fulfill their potential. The initiative was started in 1985 when the India’s first platform school was started in Bhubaneswar by Mrs. Inderjit Khurana. The credo was “if the child cannot come to the school then the school must go to the child”. In the campaign thousands of children were motivated and put into the school.

Even in late the campaign was recognized by the Government of Odisha. The government has made it a government campaign and have started sending the street children into the school as per RTE. Following actions have been initiated by the government with our guidance.

  1. A rescue team has been constituted with the representatives of the NGOs / Childline, Police, Education Deptt, Labour Deptt., DCPU etc.
  2. The rescue team have been provided with special trainings on rescue operation and protocols to be followed during rescue operations.
  3. Two Sikshya Raths were moved for a week in the city creating awareness on child rights and punishment for employing the children.
  4. Childline logo has been displayed in the education website and other places in the city for the public . Now two toll free numbers (Childline 1098 and Student Helpline - 18003456722) have been displayed everywhere. Any child if found on the street / working in any shop, the people can access the help of these two numbers to help in rescue the child.
  5. Government has set up five special hostels for the street children which are well equipped to accommodate 250 children including 50 girls.
  6. Counselor, care takers and other staff members have been employed in these special hostels.
  7. Food, cloth, recreation and other arrangements have been arranged in all these hostels for the children.
  8. 150 children so far have been rescued who are residing in these hostels and going to school.

This program has been replicated by other states of India who have started this kind of initiatives in their states.

 

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Ruchika Social Service Organisation

Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa - India
Website: http:/​/​www.ruchika.org
Project Leader:
Inderjit Khurana
Secretary
Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
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