Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India

by Sahaara Charitable Society
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India
Preventing school dropout of 400 children in India

 Sahaara believes that every person has a dream and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

 

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what theyare learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

 

Our Staff have been conducting an After School Remedial class at the Chembur Children’s Home for several years. Many of the children have traumatic pasts and are faring badly in School. Unable to cope with the Grade Level Requirements, they are falling seriously behind in academics. Consequently, it was observed that many children from Grade 3 – 5 had struggle in reading letters in the Marathi alphabet and even counting till20.

 

Thus, with the support and permissions of the Home & the School authorities in 2017, we decided to launch a three stage Remedial Program for catering to the educational need of the children.

 

This program involves diagnostic testing in the initial stages, after which the child is introduced to an appropriate curriculum which is designed around his needs. Innovative methods are used to help the child to learn and succeed. After we had run this course we were able to see improvement in the academics of the child thus building confidence in them to flourish in theirstudies.

 

During the period April to June 2019, 75 children were provided with remedial education.

 

Runaway Child…

 

 

Vikash, an 8-year-old boy, who lived with his parents, a brother and a sister. Vikash comes from an abusive household, where his father was an alcoholic. His father would regularly come home drunk and beat up Vikash.

 

One day, when Vikash couldn’t bear the regular beating, before his father could return home ran away from home. He was caught by the Police on CST railway station and was put in the New Observation Home at Mankhurd. After some time, he was transferred to the Chembur Children’s home by the Child Welfare Committee and admitted in the fourth grade. On February 2019 he was admitted in Sahaara remedial class by CCH authority. When Vikash first came to Sahaara he was extremely quiet and dull. He couldn’t understand much and would therefore sleep in class, as he didn’t go to school when he was back home.

 

At Sahaara We encourage Vikash to study well, we have even put him in special help classes where the teacher teaches only five children at a time to be able to provide individual attention to the children. The teacher is teaching Vikash from scratch with numbers and alphabets using flashcards and different games, to which Vikash is responding very well and picks up quickly what is taught. This made him interested in studies and began doing well. So much so that the teacher made him the monitor of the special help class and gave him responsibilities to distribute books and help the teacher. This helped build his confidence. The teacher has made a behavior chart and has put it up in class. Vikash now want his name to come in chart, so he’s constantly trying to improve his behavior.

 

Vikash now enjoys his studies and doesn’t sleep in class anymore. He loves studying and is now able to read Marathi letters. His aim is to be able to cope up with the syllabus so he focuses on his studies and comes to class every day.

 

 

*Name changed to protect identity.


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Sahaara believes that every person has a dream and our work centres around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Our Staff have been conducting an After School Remedial class at the Chembur Children’s Home for several years. Many of the children have traumatic pasts and are faring badly in School. Unable to cope with the Grade Level Requirements, they are falling seriously behind in academics. Consequently, it was observed that many children from Grade 3 – 5 had struggle in reading letters in the Marathi alphabet and even counting till 20.

Thus, with the support and permissions of the Home & the School authorities in 2017, we decided to launch a three stage Remedial Program for catering to the educational need of the children.

This program involves diagnostic testing in the initial stages, after which the child is introduced to an appropriate curriculum which is designed around his needs. Innovative methods are used to help the child to learn and succeed. After we had run this course we were able to see improvement in the academics of the child thus building confidence in them to flourish in their studies.

During the period January to March 2019, 89 children were provided with remedial education.

Level 1:

Mathematics
• 36 % of Level 1 children Exceeded the Required Learning Levels.
• 7% of Level 1 children Met the Required Learning Levels.
• 25% of Level 1 children are at Beginning or Approaching Levels and they require Remedial Help.
• 32% of Level 1 children have joined the program in the middle of the academic year and will remain at Level 1 during the New Academic Year.

Marathi 
• 61 % of Level 1 children Exceeded the Required Learning Levels.
• 7% of Level 1 children are at Beginning Level
• 32% of Level 1 children have joined the program in the middle of the academic year and will remain at Level 1 during the New Academic Year.

Level 2

Maths
• 50% of Level 2 children Exceeded the Required Learning Levels for the quarter.
• 35% of Level 2 children Met the Required learning Levels.
• 15% of Level 2 were at Approaching and Beginning Levels. They require Remedial Help to progress to the next level.

Marathi
• 56% of Level 2 children Exceeded the Required Learning Levels.
• 26% of Level 2 children Met the Required Learning Levels.
• 18% of Level 2 children are at Approaching and Beginning Levels, and will require Remedial Help to progress to the next Level.

Level 3

Maths
• 26 % of Level 3 children in Level 3 exceeded the Required Learning Levels in Maths
• 44% of Level 3 children Met the Required Learning Levels.
• 30% of children are at Approaching and Beginning Levels. Some of these children have fared badly due to poor attendance.

Marathi
• 48% of Level 3 children exceeded the Required Learning Levels in Marathi
• 19% of Level 3 children met the Required Learning Levels Marathi.
• 33% of Level 3 Children are at Approaching and Beginning Levels.

THE GARDENER

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”.

Delhi…… the capital of India, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Sandeep* is a ten-year-old boy who hails from a slum which is a really tough neighbourhood to survive in. At a very young age he lost his father. Day to day survival became really hard for him and his mother. The financial condition became really critical and they were unable to make ends meet. After his father’s death, there was an absence of a father figure in his family and because of that, his relatives started to dominate and emotionally harass them. They quite often beat Sandeep and physically assault him badly. It was becoming an unhealthy living condition for young Sandeep.

All these hurts and traumas were transforming Sandeep into a dormant volcano waiting to erupt soon. One day Sandeep was so frustrated and angry after being beaten up, that he ran away from home at the age of eight. He sneaked onto a train and landed in Mumbai. On his arrival he was caught at Mumbai railway station by the Railway Police after they noticed him alone and pegged him as a runaway. He was sent to Observation Home where the Probation Officer tried to trace his home and his parent’s whereabouts but failed.

In 2017, he was transferred to a Government Children’s Home where he was with other orphans and semi orphan boys. Sahaara staff has been working alongside the government providing educational support to children in such homes. It was during one such field visit in May 2017 that Sahaara staff met Sandeep. It was tough for young Sandeep to heal from the hurt and trauma which was quite evident in his behavior. Sahaara staff noticed that he was distant and lonely, and always used to seek isolation. He was unable to focus and be attentive in class. Sahaara staff decided to help him to bring about change in his behavior and improvement in his academic progress.

Then one day, Amit, one of Sahaara’s ex-beneficiaries now a teacher and staff of Sahaara, shared his life story with him and explained how Sahaara helped him. Sandeep was encouraged, motivated and felt that he could relate to Amit’s story. Gradually with proper nurturing and caring he started to share his feelings with the staff about how much he missed his parents, his feeling of bitterness, of being rejected and all the hurt he has faced.

Sandeep willingly started to approach teachers requesting their help with studies. He was provided with special attention in our remedial classes. Mathematics is his favorite subject. The feeling of acceptance and security has been one of the catalyst to a positive change in his behavior.

Sahaara has a vision to fulfill dreams of the vulnerable and marginalized in society and hopes that Sandeep realizes his dreams and is able to fulfill them.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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Sahaara believes that every person has a dream and our work centres around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

During the period Oct to Dec 2018, 107 children were provided with remedial education in Chembur Children’s Home, Bal Kalyan Nagari and David Sassoon Industrial School.

We also helped the Child Welfare Committee trace the addresses of 118 lost children and helped in reuniting 158 children to their families.

 

Deepak's Story Of Triumph!

Deepak (name changed) always walked into class with a blank expression on his face. He seldom laughed. When the others took part in games and activities, he would stand away, confused. While others would make an effort to learn, Deepak would remain unresponsive. He would not write as he could not even hold a pen. He could not remember the names of common everyday objects, nor could he read a single letter in Marathi. He would hardly communicate and had no friends.

No one knew who his parents were. He went missing at a very young age and was found by the police and placed in an Observation Home. He joined CCH in 2015 when he was around 7 years old and was given a nickname which meant “Little”. Since his parents were not known, his surname was put on record as “Not Known or N.K.”. He ended up being called “Little N.K” by his peers.

For two years he came to class and there was no progress. The Project staff and the Home authorities were very concerned about him. At meetings with the Home authorities, his name was brought up as a child who needed help and hope for the future.

Since there were many children like Deepak who were seemingly incapable of studying, a Special Help class with an Individualized Remedial Program was started with the support of the Home authorities. These children are given personal attention and are taught through art and craft as well as play.  His teacher decided to call him by a different name, one more meaningful one than “Little N.K.”

For a few months, there still seemed to be no change in Deepak, then came an amazing breakthrough. It seemed as if something had unlocked the door to Deepak’s mind. He began to read letters in Marathi. He started responding to the games and activities. He started saying the names of objects around him and communicating with the teachers. The change was noticed by School Teachers, Home Authorities as well as all the Project staff. Most of all, it was great to see him smile and respond to others.

Today, Deepak is on the road to learning, no doubt he has a lot to catch up, but the important thing is he no longer thinks of himself as a hopeless child. He can now look forward to the future and begin to understand that there is lots of hope in store for him to make himself a better future.

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Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

During the period April to June 2018, 128 children were provided with remedial education in Chembur Children’s Home, Bal Kalyan Nagari and David Sassoon Industrial School.

We also helped the Child Welfare Committee trace the addresses of 12 lost children, track the educational status on 181 children and helped in reuniting 150 children to their families.

Renuka* has grown in confidence!

Originally from Raichur, Renuka Kristappa ran away from her home and boarded a train towards Mumbai in 2011. Under circumstances which were absolutely unexpected, Renuka lost her mother due to an illness in the year 2008 and adding to the demise of her mom, she also lost her dad due to excess consumption of alcohol.

She was orphaned and had no support that she could hold on to. After this, Renuka moved in with her aunt and grandmother. Some of the family members at her aunt’s home would pass comments at Renuka which made her upset and angry. That’s why she ran away and boarded a train to Mumbai.

After reaching Mumbai Railway Station she was caught by the Railway Police and brought to a Children’s Home in Mumbai at the age of 5. She was then transferred to another Home after two years and she attended the Kindergarten class there. In the year 2014, she was again transferred to Bal Kalyan Nagri Home in Mankhurd.

Project Pragati under Sahaara Charitable Society works with children like Renuka in Children’s Homes and Observation Homes to ensure that the children grow holistically and become responsible members of society. Sahaara met her when she first joined BKN and was pursuing her 1st grade in 2015.

The Sahaara staff observed that Renuka was weak in studies and a slow learner. She wasn’t able to cope with studies and she would feel ashamed. This resulted in low self-esteem and influenced her progress. She didn’t feel the need to be presentable so she didn’t care about how she dressed or her relationship with other children.

Sahaara decided to address the situation by giving her personal attention. To increase her confidence and self-esteem, Sahaara teachers gave her responsibilities that would motivate her.

She improved in her reading skills and concentration power in time. She learnt math by adopting a simpler and easy method.

She is now completing her 4th grade and immense improvements can be seen in her handwriting. Her grades have improved and she also comes neat and clean to class. She is confident when interacting with others.

Renuka continues to stay at Bal Kalyan Nagri and dreams to be fluent in English and become better at her writing skills. Sahaara is working to fulfil her dreams.

* Name changed to protect identity.

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Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in observation homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai.

The children who live in these Homes come from different states of India and are educated in a Marathi medium school run by the Home. The language difference makes it difficult for them to learn. Remedial education helps in coaching the children in the Marathi language as well as their school subjects thereby helping them understand what they are learning and maintaining their interest to continue education once discharged from the Home.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The social workers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

During the period April to June 2018, 94 children were provided with remedial education in Chembur Children’s Home, Bal Kalyan Nagari and David Sassoon Industrial School.

We also helped the Child Welfare Committee trace the addresses of 72 lost children and helped in reuniting 41 children to their families.

Kindness changes everything!

We all need moments in life that impact us in such a way that it causes a change of heart, alters our course of life and propels us in the right direction.

17 year old Ravi* found one such moment at the Sahaara education centre in Chembur Children’s Home during his interaction with the teachers.

He comes to class regularly and conducts himself in an exemplary manner. He helps the teacher in the cleaning and setting up of the class room, in the distribution of books and stationery to other children, and also helps in maintaining the discipline of the classroom. He is helpful towards others. But this has not been Ravi’s story all along.

When Ravi was 4 years old, he was found himself alone in a crowded place, where he had lost his parents. He was in tears and very disturbed in the middle of the road where he was picked up by the local police and NGO staff and admitted in a government home for care and protection of children. Due to the high number of children admitted in these Homes, the children here generally lack the personal attention and family care that each child needs.

Being lost from his parents had a major impact on Ravi’s mental and social well-being. He craved for attention and would do things to get attention even if it meant he landed in bad repute. He liked to trouble the school teachers, who would always scold or punish him. Ravi had a good height for his age and he would use his stature to bully or trouble his fellow students, which made it difficult for him to make friends. This was his way of drawing the attention that he craved for.

He was transferred from one Home to another Home every few years and was admitted in the Chembur Children’s Home in early 2018.

Sahaara has been running remedial education in the Chembur Children’s Home since 2004 with the aim of helping the children in the Home to perform better in their studies and continue their education.

When he was enrolled in Sahaara’s remedial education program, he had a great challenge to sit quietly in classroom. He would make fun of and bully others. He disobeyed and disregarded the teachers’ instructions. After some days, the Sahaara teacher asked Ravi to wait after class for a time of personal interaction. He thought he would be punished or reprimanded again. But to his surprise, the teacher spoke kindly to him and engaged him in conversation!

This was the first time he had found a teacher who was willing and interested to understand him. His defences came crashing down as the conversation continued and he, on his own accord, apologised to the teacher for his bad behaviour. He promised that he will not will not make fun of others or disturb the class.  

While it took a few days and weeks for Ravi to change his attitude and behaviour, he made the change. It was not strictness that brought about this change but the kindness of the Sahaara teacher who accepted him as he was, and gently helped Ravi not only change but become a change maker in the classroom.

Ravi dreams of becoming a policeman someday and we surely want to walk that journey with him where he sees his dream fulfilled!

* Name changed to protect identity.


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