Education is child’s right and need. We believe in Education with enlarging one’s view of the world, giving one confidence to chart one’s own destiny. We constantly try to mainstream slum children by way of focusing on slum school drop outs and proactively traking them down, motivating them to go back to school , helping them catch up on the studies they missed and getting them admitted to schools.
In the same context we have started BRIDGE SCHOOL CENTERS. Under the project, the children are admitted to specially designed bridge courses for three months to one year and will be groomed and developed to join the formal system of education by getting them admitted in nearby Government or Private schools. The children are also served with nutritious meals during the bridge course.
Location of the project
The project is being implemented in Delhi-NCR covering all the districts.
The project is selected because:
Beneficiaries of the Project
There are in total 5,442 schools in Delhi. The enrollment figures amount 1.7 million(17.5% of the population). The gross drop out rate is 69.06%. This does not leave much to be said about the levels of retention in schools across the capital city.In absolute numbers there are 1.5 million children who are dropouts or have never gone to school.Eighty percent of the class 5 pass outs from MCD schools do not know how to read and write their names. Only 14% of the students who enter a govt. school in class 1 make it class 10 and just 4% manage to pass class 10. In Delhi, no detention policy is operative at the primary stage. This implies that an automatic policy is followed, that is to say that the students are simply promoted to the next class on the basis of satisfactory attendence. Despite this the drop out rate for Delhi NCR continues to be high. It is estimated that 25-30% of the children dropout between classes 1 and 5.
Under the proposed project, the Bridge course centers are located at conveniently approachable locations in and around slum areas and personal attention is paid to each and every student. Regular meetings of the teachers with the parents of the children will ensure continued interest of the children and parents and nutritious midday meal will also be provided to the children.
The target students will be from class 1 to class VI, both male and female.
Present status of the proposed project
The project has already been started with five permanent Bridge Course Centers at Sangam Vihar, New Delhi ; Boodha Village, Noida; Rangpuri, New delhi; Sidhi Basti , Vasant Kunj, New Delhi,and Anand Parbat, New delhi. During the implemta- tion of Project, the Bridge Course Centers have developed very good rapport with the community.
The response from the existing five Bridge Course Centers has been very inspiring. The Centers were started with a few drop out students from the nearby slums and soon the strenght went above 400.
From all the existing centers the students have shown keen interest in the activities of the Centers and are doing exeedin- gly well. Some students have shown extraordinary talent in arts and crafts and other fields which can be devloped further if necessary resources are provided to them.
Frequent meetings of the teachers with the parents of the students have also resulted in motivating them to keep send – ing their kids to the school. The students are being conditioned for joining the regular school after their knowledge is at par with their peers studying in formal schools. The students have understood this and are working hard to attain their goals. Some of the students of our Centers have already been admit- ted in public schools under EWS scheme of DOE.