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Give Children Wings to their Dreams

by Dream A Dream
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       An energetic and talented 16-year-old, Joshve is currently studying in 10th standard in Ambedkar Nagar Govt School. He is from a lower-middle-class family and is the eldest child in a family of migrants from a nearby town called Kolar. His father is a mechanic at a public transport bus depot while his mother is a homemaker. Joshve’s father is the sole earner of the family and works hard to support his family and pay for Joshve’s treatment. The family shifted to a new place for better education for their children and job opportunities. Joshve has been part of Dream a Dream’s After School Life Skills through Sports Program for the past 6 years.

 Joshve is specially-abled since birth. His parents relentlessly tried to save him from an illness that affected his physical growth severely. While in school, he tried to engage in multiple activities. However, his peers often mocked him as he struggled while performing the activities. Eventually, he lost confidence and stopped trying, eventually, he stopped getting involved in games or befriending anyone. As a result, he became aggressive and would get into fights, and use foul language frequently.

 He doesn’t like being treated as a person with special needs and gets upset and aggressive when people show sympathy towards his condition.

 During the life skills sessions, Dream A Dream’s facilitator, Geetha, observed the challenges that Joshve faced during the sessions and how his peers treated him. She often found him depressed and aggressive, and he would regularly fight or use foul language, and he did not respect anyone. He also didn’t participate in any activity and didn’t speak up during reflection. He stayed alone, gradually lost interest, and stopped coming to the session altogether.

After speaking to Joshve’s parents and teachers, Geetha realized that he had similar behaviors at school and at home. Concerned for his growth, she started observing him closely and arranged more 1-on-1 sessions with him. As Joshve realized that Geetha cares for his welfare, he slowly started opening up to her. He shared how he didn’t like being treated as a special person.

 Having understood his concerns, Geetha realized that she needed to engage him in sessions focused on acceptance and managing conflicts.

Through the “Tag and Catch” session, Geetha created activities that were easier for Joshve, but difficult for his classmates. Joshve was able to finish the activities quickly whereas the others struggled. This made the others realize how regular activities are difficult for Joshve, and they started respecting and empathizing with him. Joshve also felt confident as he had managed to complete his tasks and his friends had started approaching him. Slowly and gradually, he learned anger management, started respecting and supporting others.

Joshve’s class teacher, Bharathi ma’am says Joshve is a brilliant student but never used to play with others. He used to be alone, and I almost always found him aggressive and watching other children play. His mother shared how he fought with his younger brother, and never respected his elders, which is why I reached out to Geetha. I have observed him develop into a more confident person and he has been able to manage his anger well.

 Johsve’s parents remember how he was different at a younger age and had become aggressive and kept fighting with his siblings. Says his parent. ‚He would not listen to even us. I had discussed this with Bharathi ma’am. We had discussed this with Dream a Dream facilitator as well and requested her to help our son. His behavior changed after he started attending Dream a Dream sessions. He now respects elders, spends more time with his brother, and teaches him new things. I am very happy and thank Dream a Dream for this change.

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I am playing in Dream a Dream since last year. I love the game tag and catch. It has helped my friends understand my perspective and I feel very happy because everyone started respecting me and started including me in their team.

 

Dream a Dream is a registered, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century. Currently, we work with 10,000 young people a year through our two innovation labs – After School Life Skills Programme and Career Connect Programme, have trained over 9,828 teachers/educators from six states and including 19 districts in Karnataka impacting over 2,45,700 children and have impacted over 1 million children through strategic partnerships with state governments in Delhi and Jharkhand. We work on a strong collaborative approach with local charities, corporates, volunteers, governments, expert consultants, and a host of national and international strategic partners. Over the last 20 years, Dream a Dream has helped close to a million children overcome adversity via life skills.  

Our project the Happiness Curriculum, conceptualized and executed in partnership with the Delhi Government, has been selected among the 2021 WISE Awards finalists! We are one of 12 global innovative educational projects to be selected. It further validates our belief that the core purpose of education is to help every child learn to be happy, help others be happy, and learn to Thrive.

Dream a Dream was also the proud winner of the ‘Football for Good Award’ at the 2020 World Football Summit (WFS), presented by Common Goal. For the third time in a row, HundrED’s annual Global Collection has recognized our work as one of the leading innovations in K12 education. Over the last 20 years, Dream a Dream has helped close to a million children develop the life skills to thrive through our award-winning approach.

As we slowly recover from the aftermath of the pandemic and move forward to the new year, we take a pause to remember the unnerving months that have come to pass. While we witnessed communities reel in the brutality of the pandemic, we are grateful that we could mobilize our COVID-19 relief team to help young people and their families. We also witnessed the resilient and compassionate spirit of our young people despite their own economic and emotional fallouts. As they return to the new normal, we know that there can be no better time than now to reimagine the purpose of education. And it is with that intention that we have partnered with the State Government of Delhi and we are proud to share that Delhi’s Happiness Curriculum was the WISE award winner for its innovative and groundbreaking approach to include Social Emotional Learning as a part of curricula in Delhi government schools. We were also recognized as one of India’s best workplaces for women in 2021 for fostering a sense of equity and equality in the workspace.

 

Insights from our COVID-19 response-

Despite the economic and political fallouts of the pandemic, our alumni and young people who were a part of our programs displayed skills they had developed to navigate our interconnected, complex world which was in crisis. From helping migrants with rations to volunteering towards COVID relief work to becoming entrepreneurs to support their families, our young people found their own unique solutions. 

We are also supremely proud of our team who worked tirelessly to help our young people and their communities. Young people are also excited to be back in schools after the prolonged closures. Read more about their work https://dreamadream.org/dream-a-dreams-frontline-warriors-response-to-the-devastating-2nd-wave-of-covid-19/.

 

Play for Resilience

Dream a Dream organized a one-day sports event -  Play for Resilience on 5 October 2021 where 70+ children from our partner schools in Bangalore joined us as we advocated the importance of playing for better mental and physical health. Watch a glimpse of the event https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6866330324192907264

 

Art for Resilience

Dream a Dream organized a one-day art event  'Art for Resilience' for young people from our Bangalore partner schools with the intention of helping young people cope with their emotions as they transition from online mode to offline mode learning. 72 young people from 14 partner schools from Bangalore participated in the event.  The event also gave them a platform to express themselves and interact with other young people.

 

Dialogue on the way forward for children's education

Suchetha Bhat shared her views on reopening of schools amid COVID-19, the challenges, and the way forward for children’s education at  Education Dialogue - National Education Policy: Looking Through the Lens of Repurposing Education Towards Thriving for Every Child, organized by Center for ICT for Development (CICTD) and Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI). Watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xahRbm-WXY&list=PLhaFIBbDLKQaNOse9Ilmln8OXuV94-Uvb&index=26

 

Testimonials from the Programme

 “I never thought I could learn football online; with schools closed and not being able to meet my friends. The online football sessions kept me active and happy. They helped me make more friends, built my confidence and my communication skill. I was able to express myself to others when I was feeling alone and my facilitator listened to everything and comforted me which made me feel happy”- Ajay R 13 years old After School Life Skill Programme Graduate.

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         I am Jayashree from Pragna Vidyanikethan School, studying in 8th grade. I am part of Dream a Dream’s After School Life Skills programme from past 3 years and enrolled into the Creative Arts programme. As for my family we are three in all – me, my mother, and my younger brother who is studying in the 5th grade. My brother and I are children of a single parent as my father passed away a long time ago. With great difficulty my mother takes care of me and my brother; making ends meet while living on a rented house and on a meagre salary of Rs.8000 or $107 working as a garment factory worker was an agonizing task.

Suddenly, one day my mother lost her job due to the lockdown in the factory caused by the corona virus pandemic. With no other means or source to pay the rent and meet other essential expenses; life had become very difficult; we were feeling completely dejected and failed in our life. Many a times my mother would cry in front of us and share her problems leaving me and my brother feeling completely helpless, in her despair and hopelessness she would suggest going back to our village. 
One day when I got a call from my Facilitator enquiring about my wellbeing, I shared our plight. In response to this Dream a Dream provided us with ration kit; we were really very happy as we could cook food and eat. Dream a Dream also assisted us by providing medicines for thyroid as my mother had thyroid problem. Looking at my good academic record I was also awarded a scholarship but again during the 2nd wave when the schools started online classes I could not attend as I did not have a desktop or a laptop and with only one mobile in the family it had become very difficult for me and my brother to study and many a times, I would think of giving up studies – but Dream a Dream surprised me with a new LENOVA TABLET. I was really surprised and so very happy because of this I started attending the Online classes. I am so grateful to Dream a Dream for this as some days I felt like I should stop my education due to all online classes, but now I am attending my Dream a Dream session and online classes easily and happily.

I am confident that, with all the help and support I am receiving from Dream a Dream I will surely achieve my goal of becoming a Software Engineer; support my mother and give her all comforts in life and make my brother to study well.

Thank you Dream a Dream from the bottom of my heart.

Note: Consent have been obtained from all the young people.

 

After School Life Skills Programme

In our After School Life Skills Programme, we use creative arts and football as mediums to engage and develop critical life skills among young people between the ages of 8 to 15 years. This programme is an innovation lab where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented, evaluated, and fed back into a larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country. To measure the improvements in life skills amongst the young people, we use the Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS*).

*The LSAS is the first standardized impact measurement tool in the world to measure improvement in life skills among disadvantaged children.

Highlights of the After School Life Programme

  • The After School Life Programme hosted a well-being meet with our After School life skills partners consisting of government and low-cost schools. This was to create space to share and listen in to their journey in this difficult time with the disruption caused by the 2nd #COVID19 wave. Focused group discussion was conducted for 30 people comprising of 10 principals, 10 teachers and 10 parents to understand their preparedness to reopen the school for young people. At the same time, the intention was to equip them to follow appropriate protocol and safety measures by hearing the insights shared by all the participants.
  • So far 1900 young people have been engaged in life skills intervention for the academic year in the After School Life Skill Development Programme. Young people were thrilled to restart their life skills journey. Batches have been created and allocated to the to begin the session with reintegration to address the new normal that COVID-19 has brought with it.

COVID Relief and Response Report

As the 2nd COVID -19 wave crippled India and the chaos and devastation surged, Dream a Dream formed a core team to respond swiftly to the emerging needs from young people and their communities. In a matter of a week, the team that had over decades worked on life skills related interventions pivoted towards relief related interventions.

The team had 300-400 requests pouring in every day that meant that they had to work and respond quickly on everything from medical requirement, medical awareness, ration, food, emotional and mental health, learning kits, solidarity fund for teachers and young people apart from looking at requests for device support and scholarships. Once we got some grip on the situation the team reached out to the young people and their communities to create awareness on the safety of the vaccine and organized a vaccination drive.

Below is the support provided to young people and teachers: 

           Categories                                      Completed

 

  • Ration Kit - Young people and Teachers               17,893
  • Medical Awareness                                               1193
  • Medical Support                                                     490
  • Emotional/Mentor Support                                     872
  • Placement                                                              31
  • Devices                                                                  119
  • Finance Support - Teacher (June + July) **            815
  • Finance Support - Young People                           803
  • Learnt at Home Kits                                               41
  • Internet Recharge                                                  49
  • Vaccination Support                                               353
  • Scholarship                                                             31
  • Total                                                                      22,690

 

*Updated figures at the time of sending the report.

* For June & July. Also, not included are support extended to 19 teachers as we are waiting for a confirmation for amount getting credited to their bank account.

Achievements by the DaD COVID Warriors:

1)    Responding to Medical requests: We built a strong team dedicated to respond to medical crisis and also build awareness among young people when it comes to Covid-19. We helped young people and their families with medicine support, hospital beds, oxygen support, covid tests and vaccinations. 490 young people have received medical support while 1193 young people have received covid-19 awareness.

2)   Distributing Ration Kits to help families:  The team was also concurrently distributing ration kits to young people, parents, and teachers in the communities as well. Given that many of the young people’s parents lost their jobs because of extended lock downs coupled with the fact that even teachers had not been paid salaries for months together, the teams understood that there were survival related challenges, where both young people and teachers were struggling to make ends meet. We supported 17893 young people and teacher with a ration support.

3)   No child’s learning is left behind due to digital divide and internet support: With majority of learning going digital, many young people started missing out on education as they did not have devices to attend their class; to address this we have started to provide devices. We supported 119 young people with devices to continue education and provided support for internet data to 49 young people.

4)   Providing Livelihood support: Many of the young people’s parents have lost their livelihood they struggled to make ends meet like paying rent etc.; most of the teachers are struggling with their income being cut making survival difficult. As of date 803 young people and 815 teachers have received financial support.

5)   Young People needed Emotional Support: As the situation worsened, the team on the ground understood that it was critical to continue to extend emotional support as well. Young people were experiencing emotional and mental strain because of different reasons, some because exams were cancelled, others because of the lack of awareness about COVID-19, a few had also taken on additional responsibilities of family, lack of medical care. For some, their existing adversities had further heightened, for others they suddenly had become decision makers in their families, quite a few of them had to deal with the emotional turmoil within their families and some were facing economic pressure because of the loss of jobs. The Dream a Dream’s emotional support group for young people primarily focused on ensuring that the young people had someone to listen and help validate their emotions. 872 young people received emotional support from the team.

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This is a powerful story of Kavya who was always full of self doubt, fear of what others will say etc. becomes a bright,and outgoing person always ready to take the initiative to take on any challenge thats came her way after attending Dream a Dream's After School Life Skills programme.

Kavya is a bright and talented 12-year-old girl studying in the 7th standard in Government School Ambedkar Nagar, Bangalore. She has been part of Dream a Dream’s After School Life Skill through Sports programme for the past 4 years. She comes from a low-income family. Her father had abandoned them when she was very young. Since then, her mother has been taking care of the family and is the decision maker. Her mother works as a tailor in a garment factory to provide food and shelter for the family. Kavya’s elder sister also works as a helper in a garment factory to supplement the family income. Kavya’s grandparents take care of her and her elder brother (who studies in the same school in standard 8th) when her mother and elder sister are at work.

When Kavya’s father abandoned them, she went into a deep depression. She became very quiet and withdrawn; she hesitated to mingle with the opposite gender, she did not speak to or felt very uncomfortable speaking with unknown persons too. She had a fear about what other people will think about her and she felt that the boys always ignored her and did not include her in any activities. She remained in her comfort zone mainly with some of her best friends. If the facilitator divided the team for some activity, she would not mingle with anyone in the group and if a situation arose where she had to interact with the members in the group, she simply will not take part in any activities, even if someone asks her, she will not talk and remain silent.

Observing this, our programme facilitator decided to talk to her but before that he spoke to her class teacher and her mother and got to know the difficult circumstances under which Kavya, and her family were living. Having understood the reason for Kavya’s behavior he started to give her more time and space, he initiated many one-on-one conversations with her. After talking with him, Kavya felt the facilitator’s care and concern and started to respond. The facilitator planed some sessions to make her mingle with others; one such activity was ‘finding the route from the map’, where Kavya took her first step towards mingling with her team, was to helping and guiding her partner to find the way without ending up in a blind corner using the map. She was happy doing this activity and began to slowly mingle with others, not only in the sessions but in her class and elsewhere. Due to the constant encouragement from the facilitator and at the same time watching and learning from him, Kavya learnt how to take initiative, take leadership to do things which would help the whole class. She began to come forward with ideas in the team, rising hand to speak in group, taking attendance and distributing snacks and leading the energizer songs etc. during the Programme.

Kavya is now a very strong and bold girl. She has become the class leader and takes the initiative to look after the class. She has become more active than ever.

This is what she has to share with us, “I thought I won’t be able to mingle with anyone, I will be alone forever in my life, but I am very lucky that I enrolled into Dream a Dream’s After School Life Skills programme where I overcame my fear and hesitation and built my confidence; I have changed myself to another person who is very strong, confident and bold. I feel I can now face anything in my life.”

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Kavya’s class teacher says that Kavya initially used to be good in studies but she became very silent, preferring to be alone in the class and she would not eat anything during the lunch break and when I asked, she would say she is not hungry or if forced to eat she would sit alone and eat her food silently and not respond to any of my questions. Her concentration towards studies and her grades started going down. Sensing something wrong I spoke with her mother and got to know that her father had run away. I gave some time to her and talked to the Dream a Dream facilitator and requested if he could do something; after that slowly she started concentrating in the class, she started to talk in class. I saw her behavior change - she looked confident, she has started getting good grades and supports her friends also, she takes the initiative to look after the class when I am not in class, she makes everyone to sit quietly and ensures that they are doing classwork. She has changed so much that if she needs any clarification or help, she will directly ask that person. She does not hesitate to speak with unknown people and communicates effectively and confidently. Seeing all these changes I decided to make her the class leader and had turned out to be a very good leader.

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Says her mother, “I was very worried and afraid what will happen to Kavya when her father left us. When her father left us Kavya started to keep to herself all the time, never speaking or asking anything. I would try everything to make her happy and feel safe. I tried to take her for a walk, spend time with her, I tried everything, but she did not come out of the trauma after the incident. I got to know that she was like that in her class and with her friends as well when I spoke to her class teacher.

That is when Kavya’s teacher decided to approach Dream a Dream’s facilitator to see if he could help. All that I know was that the facilitator told me that he will take extra care and give more attention and support to Kavya and after that the change in Kavya was unbelievable!

Kavya started to spend time with her grandfather and grandmother, she started to talk with them and started helping them, she feels comfortable to share her feelings. She started to share about what she did in school, happily mingling with her sister and brother. She started to help me with the household work too. When I come home from work, she comes and happily hugs me and starts sharing what she did at school. Her smile gives me more energy to work hard and build a better future for her. Nowadays she is very happy, and I thank Dream a Dream for changing my daughter and bring back her smile and confidence.

After School Life Skills programme in a nutshell - 

In our After School Life Skills Programme, we use creative arts and football as mediums to engage and develop critical life skills among young people between the ages of 8 to 15 years. This programme is an innovation lab where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented, evaluated, and fed back into a larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country. To measure the improvements in life skills amongst the young people, we use the Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS*).

*The LSAS is the first standardized impact measurement tool in the world to measure improvement in life skills among disadvantaged children.

KEY IMPACT INDICATORS OF ASLSP: 2020-21

  • In the beginning of the year 24 partner school had agreed to engage in After School Life Skills Programme but due to the COVID19 pandemic we could hold our sessions in 20 partner schools.
  • Enrolled 3036 young people across 185 batches and 2798 young people completed the life skills intervention for the academic year. It was a very challenging year for both young people and us. We had to move all our programmes online. After much brainstorming we adopted the blended approach to engage young people in teaching life skills. The session was delivered in an interactive and effectively engaging manner throughout out the year. 
  • 90% of young people shows positive improvement in at least one Life Skills. – We have collected 1557 baseline and 1557 endline LSAS data. We will analyze and share the improvement scores.
  • 85% attendance across the batches. – Despite the challenges faced by us and the young people regarding availability of smart phones or laptop or computer desktop etc., coupled with issues with internet – availability or bandwidth we managed to achieve 70% attendance by way of accommodating various timings suiting the young people or by aiding for internet packs etc.
  • 15 session through blended approach across the batches – We conducted on an average 16 session per batch.
  • 199 Scholarships was provided to support young people to continue their schooling and learning as due to the Pandemic parents of many young people lost their jobs leading to many young people working in nearby shops to supplement the family income.

KEY IMPACT INDICATORS OF ASLSP FOR APRIL 2020 – March 2021.

  • 5,084 young people are engaging through our After-school Life Skills Programme.
  • 1,205 in Life Skills through Sports.
  • 1,831 in life skills through Creative Arts Programme.
  • 2,048 through reintegration sessions.
  • We run our sessions in 20 partners schools comprising of with 18 Low-Cost Private Schools and 2 Government Schools across Bangalore city.
  • The total number of batches in the programme is 185 of which:
    • 72 batches are in Life Skills through Sports Programme
    • 113 batches are in Life Skills through Arts Programme.
    • Each batch engages 10-20 young people in the core Life Skills Programme.
    • 4542 Session conducted and maintained 70% attendance across the batches.
  • We have 33 trained Life Skills facilitators to deliver life skills interventions through blended approach.

Testimonials from Field:

“I whole heartedly convey my gratitude to Dream a Dream organization for their tremendous work, encouragement and support landed to the Parents, teachers and students during the Lockdown. The Pandemic situation has disrupted the living conditions of the people in the society, especially the stake holders of the school are financially and mentally affected during the COVID crisis.  I am extremely happy that during this crisis the Dream a Dream team encouraged and supported us by providing the following facilities:

  • Providing online classes and counseling the Students
  • Distribution of ART KIT, NUTRITION KIT & SPORTS KIT
  • Providing Ration kits to needy Parents & Teachers
  • “#Whatif” statement related T-shirts
  • Mask, Sanitizer for students & School teachers
  • Provided Thermometer (Thermal Screening) for school
  • Scholarship for 13 needy students
  • Graduation Day Celebrations: Provided KIT”

-          Dr. Keerthi, Principal, St. Mary’s Convent High School

 

Ameenuddin, a student in Florida English School - “I am studying in Florida English School. I am a reserved person. I was not sharing my feelings or emotions to anyone in the class because I had a fear that someone will tease me if I speak anything by mistake. I was feeling shy to talk with my opposite gender as well.  I was the same even in my family circle too. In Dream a Dream classes I was getting opportunity to share my thoughts in a safe space. I tried to mingle only in that group. In camp I was given opportunity to host in the open mic I felt happy and I had got self-confidence to speak in front of others. I had an opportunity to co-host with the opposite gender which took me out of fear to mingle with opposite gender. Now I am mingling in my family circle also which is creating a bonding between me and them.”

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#Whatif young people take the leadership in critical situations

Harish who is 16 years old and a graduate from Pragna Vidyaniketan School shares his experience during the pandemic.

When India announced lockdown lots of people faced so many problems - some people lost their jobs, and some people did not even get food to eat that time he felt very bad and discussed about this with his facilitator Kiran. Kiran in turn spoke with his manager at Dream a Dream. Dream a Dream arranged for food kits which Harish with the help of his facilitator distributed in his community. He spent nearly a month helping the Dream a Dream team distribute the food kits. Harish felt very happy because he was engaged in some social work and was happy to help the community where he lives. He is very thankful to Dream a Dream for the help and building life skills in him which helped him to respond to the difficult times and give back to the community.

 

 #whatif every young dreamer tries to help other dreamer to reach their success.

Imran is 16 years old and studying in Solomon High School Padarayanapura. He says “when lockdown started, I have faced many problems because COVID19. Initially I thought it might end within 2 or 3 days, but it has been extended till 3 months. When my family faced financial problems, I started thinking about the roadside people who have no home, no food, and no basic needs to live their daily life but I was totally helpless to them considering my family situation.

School got started through online it was very difficult to attend I had to take permission to attend the online class from shop where I was working, I felt difficult to attend class and to work simultaneously anyhow I managed by attending classes

I started working for my education sake because I have 3 sister and 4 brothers; a brother and a sister got married, elder brother is looking after my house and my sister is studying IAS and one more is studying psychology so my father couldn't afford to pay for me because of which I started working to pay my school fees , and my plans is not only to study 10th or 11th or 12th grade, I want to study well and settle in at good position, and my aim is to help the student with the single parent and students facing family problem they should get proper education they should not suffer to get good education.

 

#Whatif teachers become role model for young people to carry forward their responsibility in society.

Zakir is a teacher in Blossom Public School. He had always been the one among the many others who wanted to see their society being a role model to others.

At the start of lockdown, he was worried about what is going to happen to the people of his society and his family in future due to the difficulties faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His worries got worse when the area he lived in started to be avoided by people due to the rising number of COVID19 cases. He had to do something for his society for its betterment. That is when his daughter discussed with him a plan to control the number of cases from spreading. The plan called "BREAK THE CHAIN PADARAYANAPURA" was to group up with some young people, who also happened to be his students. They were happy to help get rid of the bad name of their society. Shares Zakir – ‘We started out with announcements where we talked about COVID, the importance of mask, and sanitizers etc. We planned about this, in which my students and their families were involved, and took it to their area councilor Mr. Imran who approved of the plan and took us to get the approval of the Commissioner for Bangalore municipality. We were happy with the outcome of the plan, what started with my family of 5 and some youngsters became a community event with these youngsters getting more youngsters to join and help us. They also had their principal Mr. Ayub to help them and encourage them to do this further”. Hence after all the hard work, Zakir and his daughter and her friends got their area COVID free and they are proud to be a part of that area. Zakir is proud to share his story and to being an Indian citizen.

Testimonials from Field:

  • "Gratitude Dissolves Negativity” "Decide that no matter what comes your way, you’ll find a grateful heart.” On behalf of the Siri Vishnu School, a huge thank you! Let me take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful "FOOD KIT" gifted by Dream a Dream team. It makes a positive impact on the lives of our family and this will help feed my family over the coming days. Thank you again for your Harvest gift, Interest and Time. I am showing my gratitude through these lines.... "Thankfulness is measured by the number of words: gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.” - Manjula – Principal
  • “Action speaks louder than the words.” In so many places we heard boasting speeches but no help but, in your case, there is action without sound. I do not even have the words to appreciate your humble help. I thank you from the bottom of my heart along with my family, friends, and colleagues. In this challenging times you have done a challenging work beyond your limits. Once again I and the faculty of Solomon High School whole heartedly thank you for your kindness and humanity” - Parveen - Principal.

 

Dream a Dream is a registered, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century using a creative life skills approach. Currently, we work with 10,000 young people a year through our two innovation labs – After School Life Skills Programme and Career Connect Programme, have trained over 9,828 teachers/educators from six states and including 19 districts in Karnataka impacting over 2,45,700 children and have impacted over 1 million children through strategic partnerships with state governments in Delhi and Jharkhand. We work on a strong collaborative approach with local charities, corporates, volunteers, governments, expert consultants, and a host of national and international strategic partners.

Dream a Dream has been recognized and awarded for innovation, transparency, and accountability over the years by Ashoka, Global Development Network, Harvard, Rockefeller Foundation, Resource Alliance and others.

Four years ago, we unveiled our five-year strategic plan, which outlined our vision for 2016-21. Since 2016, we have continually invested in research & advocacy to build momentum around our vision of equipping young people from vulnerable backgrounds with life skills. The Research team has published one research paper and in the process of writing two more to be published in the coming financial year. Yes, the journey this far has been very exciting as we have achieved all our objectives by overcoming the many challenges reinforcing our belief that we are we are on the right path. With this report we would like to share some of our key highlights from FY 2019-20 as we move closer to our 2021 vision.

 

 AFTER SCHOOL LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME

In our After School Life Skills Programme, we use creative arts and football as mediums to engage and develop critical life skills among young people between the ages of 8 to 15 years. This programme is an innovation lab where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented, evaluated, and fed back into a larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country. To measure the improvements in life skills amongst the young people, we use the Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS*).

*The LSAS is the first standardized impact measurement tool in the world to measure improvement in life skills among disadvantaged children.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AFTER SCHOOL LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM:

  • 3036 young people are receiving weekly life skills intervention and continuing their learning through blended approach. The session delivery was interactive and effectively engaging throughout. Young people are proactively participating in the life skills intervention through online and off-line.
  • We continued to facilitate reintegration session for 2048 young people from the community and schools across Bangalore to support them to overcome this pandemic situation and to normalizing themselves and their families to the new normal. Due to the pandemic all of us have been stuck with deeply impacting multiple emotions, making it very difficult to cope with and express them in a healthy manner. Given this, Dream a Dream along with our partners at PYE Global (Partners for Youth Empowerment), came up with a design and a session to help each other deal with this situation in a healthy manner- The Reintegration Session. The Reintegration Session helps us understand our emotions and feelings better, the session helps us normalize our emotions and cope up with the situation in a healthy and positive manner.
  • Dream a Dream was declared as the Winner of the World Football Summit's in the Football for Good Category presented by Common Goal. The After School Life Skills Through Football Programme has been driving mindset shifts in the community and this award is an acknowledgement for the work Dream a Dream has done to impact over a million young people in India.
  • Math Tables book (Maghi Book) were distributed to Sree Sadguru Sai Baba schools for 50 young people to support their academical learning as they requested for it. As schools were not running the school took initiative with help of our facilitator Pallavi to distribute the books so the young people won’t stop learning. There was no resource for the children at their homes to learn as we distributed the books now, they are able to enjoy it and learning each things day by day.
  • Nutrition kit was introduced and continued to provide nutrition to young people, keeping in mind that
    young people are not receiving midday meals. We came up with nuts and dry fruits which will be healthier for the young people and will be safer and can be easily reached to young people. So far, we have reached 2226 young people and distributed Nutrition kit. While distributing we have reached out to many more young people and they are part of our program. Our young people are very happy for receiving the Nutrition kits. We will be continuing to reach out to young people as some of them are out of town.
  • As Coivd-19 has put many lives under risk, one of our partner school Govt Ambedkar school's young people were struggling to buy books for their school and it was very much needed for their learnings. Usually, they used to get books donated from local political leaders if the parents are not able to afford to buy books, but this year was not usual, and parents could not earn for their living and could not even buy books for their children. When one of our facilitators Venkatesh heard about this he raised this issue our team meeting. To support young people for their learnings we have issued notebooks to all the 209 Young People from Ambedkar Government School. Young people, Parents and Teachers stated that they appreciated the work DaD has done in this critical situation.
  • Issued 3000 Face mask for Young People, 20 5-litre cans of hand sanitizer & 1 each thermal scanner to all the 20 Partners schools. Due to the pandemic and low resources the
    schools could not afford to provide safe and sanitized space for the young people at schools as they were financially struggling; we had a request from few schools stating they need requirement for the sanitizers, masks, and thermometers. We could support them for maintaining a safe space for the young people.
  • 400 stories and statements. We are able to understand the difference state of mind of young people, teachers, and parents and how they are facing issues and how quickly they are overcoming and how our role has played in them. By collecting the stories and statements it clearly gives us a picture of how young people - School - Family - Community are passionate on getting diversity in their environment and societies. We appreciated everyone for sharing their powerful stories and quotes with us by providing them Souvenirs in form of honoring them for their works.
Honoring the young people
Honoring the young people
Nutrition Kits for the young people
Nutrition Kits for the young people
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Bhavana
Bhavana

After School Life Skills Programme:

In our After School Life Skills Programme, we use creative arts and football as mediums to engage and develop critical life skills among young people between the ages of 8 to 15 years. This programme is an innovation lab where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented, evaluated, and fed back into a larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country. To measure the improvements in life skills amongst the young people, we use the Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS*).

This year is particularly difficult for the young people and the teachers due to the prevailing lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc across the world and the number of positive cases keeps increasing every day. A calamity like COVID-19 brings out the best and worst in a society. The first to get affected are the young people who come from difficult backgrounds. The fast act and response measures from the government to curb the pandemic is making life more difficult for marginalized groups.

Many of our young people’s parents are daily wage workers and many of them are dependent on daily, weekly and bi-weekly income; putting an immense amount of stress on them to buy food and other basic everyday needs. Summer is also the time that many young people use to earn money to save for further education. The battle against COVID-19 has made young people feel more vulnerable than before because they wouldn’t be able to afford school/ college fees.

Some of the highlights for FY2020-21:

The number of Beneficiary enrolled in the programme at the end of August 2020 is 2908, comprising of 1420 boys and 1488 girls.

There are 16 female facilitators and 19 male facilitators to conduct the Life Skills sessions.

We have not been able to conduct the sessions due to the lockdown imposed by the Government due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Therefore, the team has been having virtual session through Whatsapp and Zoom under the reintegration initiative. Till date we have 2908 young people enrolling into the programme which includes 940 young people enrolled under the reintegration initiative.

The Global #Whatif movement

Over the last few months, Suchetha (CEO, Dream a Dream) and Vishal  (Co-founder & Trustee, Dream a Dream) have tried to make sense of everything that has happened / is happening, and specifically its impact on children from marginalized communities. They wrote a series of articles (1,2,3) reflecting on the education system and the insights they were picking up from the ground.

These articles got a great response from the community and people started reaching out with questions on how they can engage and support these reflections. This led to the launch of a Global Movement called #WhatIf. You can read more about it here - https://whatif-global.com/.

The #WhatIf Movement is a community driven initiative with the intention to invite a pause, a moment, a stillness into our being before we can respond to support our children. It is an initiative to explore and discover what could be our most compassionate offer to our children during this pandemic and post when children begin to re-engage with school.

There have been some amazing partners / individuals joining the movement through writing articles, sending across endorsements, creating and sharing resources, engaging with social media and taking the #WhatIf idea to their communities. Since it’s a community driven event, different partners are engaging with it in their own way and driving the thinking.

The overall hope is that the process of reflection and taking a pause will help us change narratives around education and give us a real chance to Reimagine education in a post-COVID world.

We would like to share some of the Stories of the Young people who rose to the occasion to demonstrate high leadership quality, initiative and empathy –

At Dream a Dream, we give all the support a young person needs and more so now. We have formed a team comprising of the Leadership and the programme managers to support young people’s social, emotional and economic needs during these stressful times. We have also formed a team to stay connected and support young people and teachers in our programme. The team answers calls related to awareness and precautions related to COVID-19, give emotional/validation support, advise related to e-learning programme and provide dry ration kits to needy families.

"I am Bhavana 14years old graduate from Pragna Vidyaniketan School currently I am studying in 10th grade. Today I am going to share my lockdown experience with “Dream a Dream”.
I am very happy and to tell that I'm graduate of “Dream a Dream” programme. This lockdown and pandemic doesn't stop me from chasing my dreams and Passion. I’m a dancer and I like to dance in my free time."

In spite of simply being quarantined at home during this lockdown, I continued my dance classes through an online portal. I practice every day and I sent the recordings to my teacher. My teacher encouraged me to come up with my own choreography. I made my own dance steps and I taught the other children in my locality too. This made them feel very happy.

I learnt how to overcome difficulties through the sessions conducted by “Dream a Dream” and I made use of this skill during the lockdown. I participated at *My Home Days* contest and won a certificate. This made me feel proud, I didn't get bored staying at home because I found new form of lifestyle.

 

Ashraff, 13 year old young person from Raza School. She is bold and wants to learn new things. During the lockdown she was extremely worried about the pandemic situations around her. This made to feel dark and gloomy.

There were lot of problems within her household as regards issues with the police and the Covid situation. This made her depressed. Once the Lockdown was over, she started pursuing her interest in drawing with the help of Dream a dream’s facilitator. The skills she built during the sessions helped her build her inner imagination as she tried to depict her problems through her drawings. She is now working on a magazine. She is eagerly waiting to present it with her team picturizes about the past, present, and the future situations which they wanted to address.

 

Swetha graduate from football programme who is passionate about learning football; due to the lockdown her coaching came to a halt and she could not practice football in the field.
Swetha was self-determinate, as not to stop training and used you-tube channels to train herself in football. While creating a learning space for herself and for other too. She was able to teach for the children in her community. She not only taught children the football skills but also brought down their anxiety about covid-19 through football.

Ashraf
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