Sport  India Project #5718

Giving Children Wings to their Dreams

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The After School Life Skills Programme uses Sport (Football) as an experiential medium to engage with young people aged 8-15 from vulnerable backgrounds. The programme is designed to help young people develop vital life skills such as: 1. Interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication, negotiation and coping skills. 2. Cognitive skills such as decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking. 3. Creativity, confidence, self-awareness

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As per the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation study (2012), a staggering 40% of children drop out of school between grade 5 and 7. The Annual State of Education Report (2014) stated that 51.9% children of grade 5 could not read a grade 2 text. At Dream a Dream, we believe the above are symptoms of a deeper challenge around Child Adversity. Adversity affects achievement of development milestones and impacts a child's ability to stay in school, pay attention and engage in learning


Dream A Dream India believes that for young people to overcome disadvantage and succeed in an unpredictable future they need a caring, safe and fun environment in which to develop life skills that build resilience, help them to make positive life choices and become productive, contributing members of society. The Life Skills program using Sport creates the right environment for young people to thrive.

Long-Term Impact

Every year the project engages over 2000 young people in the 8-15 age group from 25 partner schools in Bangalore. 8 out of 10 children show an improvement in life skills every year measured using the Dream Life Skills Assessment Scale, a standardized scale used by DAD. DLSAS has been developed by DAD and is the first peer reviewed published scale to measure Life Skills amongst disadvantaged children. You can access the published paper at

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Dream A Dream

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Vishal Talreja
Cofounder & CEO
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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