2100 children (6-14 years) will be taught a foundation course in 70 centers. The course is necessary to mainstream children into government school and will prepare the children from Class I to III.
Over 100,000 children of the slums are often forced into a life of crime, drug addiction, and alcoholism and thus are abused without a basic education. They never dream of a meaningful education, even though government has guaranteed education as a fundamental right for all children. They work to sustain themselves and their families. School is inaccessible, and unsuitable timing, long distances, high costs and uninteresting curriculum prevent them from going to school.
Children will be taught in a friendly environment with a need-based curriculum. Life skills, nutrition, health care and sanitation will be added components. Children will be mainstreamed to government schools at the end of the foundation course.
A conducive environment in the slums/railway stations will be created to educate all the children and the community will be mobilized to take up the education and job oriented skills training of the children as a priority issue.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Global Fund for Children
American Jewish World Service
Ashoka Innovators for Public