| May 19, 2023
Support children to continue School education
Exposure Trip to Nehru Planetarium
Name of Project: Preventing school dropout of 300 children in India
Project Period: Ongoing
Number of participants:
Participants in and around redlight areas:
- Early Childhood Education- 74
- Remedial Education – 165
- Youth- 31
- Parents - 59
Participants in Government Homes:
- Remedial & Supplementary education - 110
- Higher Education – 14
- Early childhood Education
- Remedial & Supplementary Education
- Youth sessions
- Awareness and Counselling to prevent school dropout
- Awareness sessions and counseling about hygiene and WASH behaviors
- Life skills training and access to vocational training courses
- Raising community educators and volunteers through parent & youth training
Specific Objectives of the Project:
- To facilitate a better learning ecosystem for vulnerable children in and around redlight areas (Turbhe and Ghatkopar) through early childhood and remedial education interventions; and achieving sustainability through training & equipping of parents and community champions.
- To facilitate a better learning ecosystem for children in government homes through the Sahaara Remedial Education; and with training & equipping of Home staff; so that the children gain academic and life skills leading them to fulfil their dreams.
Achievements of the Project:
- 74 and 165 children are regularly attending early childhood education and remedial education respectively in Turbhe and Ghatkopar education centres.
- 30 children have been mainstreamed into an English medium school in the beginning of the academic year 2022-23. Schools where we have mainstreamed our children have appreciated our efforts.
- 110 children are regularly attending remedial and supplementary education in Government Homes.
- 23 children are being provided with college education sponsorship.
- 1 youth was enrolled for vocational course in Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery and 1 youth was enrolled for a vocational course in Bachelor of Pharmacy.
- Life skills sessions were conducted in both the centres on topics like Moral Stories, Craft activities, and Social Emotional Learning focusing on Anger management and identifying emotions.
- Children and parents attended Mental Health awareness sessions on the topic of Conflict Resolution and Stress Management.
- Sports day was successfully done at Turbhe. Children enjoyed different outdoor sports.
- Exposure trip was done successfully for children from Level 2 to 4 and Youth. Children enjoyed the exposure trip as it was one of the most enjoyable and informative activities in the year.
- A corporate conducted two workshops for our youth on Media Literacy and Peer Pressure.
- A training on Psychological First Aid was conducted for the government home staff.
- Primary School teachers appreciated Sahaara for conducting a session on Story Telling.
- Secondary School teachers appreciated Sahaara for the support in improving children’s English Reading.
- It has been observed that some of the participants of Adult Literacy are not able to attend classes due to problems at home.
- Due to construction work in the area, children are facing some health issues caused by the dust.
- Many staff faced health issues in this month due to weather changes, so it was challenging to conduct classes smoothly.
Riya's Struggle with Education: A Story of Perseverance and Support
Riya* is a young girl who comes from a family of five. Her father works as an auto driver, while her mother takes care of the household. Due to their financial struggles, Riya's family faces numerous challenges, including difficulty paying for her education. Riya is currently studying in Level 3 (Grades 5 & 6) at Sahaara’s Education Centre, although she is in the 8th Grade in school.
Riya faced numerous obstacles when it came to her studies. She is a slow learner and becomes easily agitated and distracted during class. Recognizing these issues, Sahaara teachers took notice and reached out to Riya's parents to discuss the root of the problem. Her parents explained that their financial difficulties have been taking a toll on Riya, leading to her struggles in school.
With the help of Sahaara, Riya's pending school fees were paid off. The teachers gave special attention to her and engaged her in peer learning sessions with her classmates. Through this method of learning, Riya began to take a greater interest in her studies and was more engaged in the classroom. The teachers also gave her the required support, which boosted her confidence and helped her overcome her learning difficulties.
As a result of these interventions, Riya's grades improved, and her anger issues became less pronounced. In fact, she became so invested in her studies that she dreamed of becoming a teacher one day. With determination and the support of her family and teachers, Riya's story showed that any obstacles could be overcome with the right support and guidance.
* Name changed to protect participant identity.
Career Talk by Mr. Rajkumar (Sportsman)
Training on Psychological First Aid
Hindi lessons at Early Childhood Education classes