EarlyAction has teamed up with some corporate to ensure urban slum children love school. This project aims to ensure educational opportunities for underprivileged children in urban slums.
These children are often sent out to earn money and work in hazardous jobs. The conditions they work in expose them to risky situations like child trafficking. Happy Day Schools are established in the slums so that they have a safe place for learning. Besides literacy and numeracy, the curriculum includes lessons on hygiene, health, nutrition, sanitation, traffic rules, awareness of child trafficking, etc.
Happy Day Schools accommodate underprivileged slum children of age group 6-14 years. Classes are held in one-room schools with 25 to 30 children living within walking distance. Students pay no tuition fees and all required learning materials are provided by EarlyAction. Children are taught to read, write, do simple arithmetic, and acquire basic life skills and social values. Co-curricular activities are given added emphasis, which encourages regular attendance.
The project focuses on accommodating both drop-outs and children who have never enrolled in school. Happy Day Schools are not only addressing the needs of education for the children in poor family conditions but also first-generation learners who have no one in their families to help them study.
New teaching methods are introduced to retain students, check dropouts and prevent them from being forced into child labour.
Happy Day Schools prepare slum children for formal education and make arrangements for getting them admission in nearby Government and private schools.
In the coming years, the project aims to:
- Expand to create opportunities for more out-of-school children in urban slum locations
- Tying up with nearby formal schools for their further education.
- Track students to ensure that they continue their studies at higher levels
- Redesign the curriculum to make it more localized
- Develop the capacity of teachers
- Carry out formal evaluations to assess the wider impact of the project
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