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Educational Programme

The Education Programme of Hope Foundation directly benefits, 2179 children living the streets and slums of Kolkata and Howrah, including 10 Special Needs living in the Children’s Home, and 136 children living in the under developed tribal region of Birbhum District, West Bengal.


Pre-primary Education is the founding stone for the children living the streets and slums of Kolkata and Howrah. Through Hope Creche, these children are provided with necessary support to improve their developmental readiness to start primary school. 320 children in the Hope Creche are provided health and educational support through The Holistic Education programme. This year, 109 children form Hope Creche have been successfully mainstreamed to formal school.


1643, school-going children were provided with coaching support through the Hope Coaching Centres, to improve their scholastic performance and to increase school retention. Hope coaching centres provided, necessary nutritional support, health support and recreational support for the overall development of these first generation learners living in the slums of Kolkata. 1420 children from Hope Coachings have been successfully promoted to the next class, in this year. Through the Holistic Education Project, 8 children successfully completed their Secondary level of Education through the State conducted Madhyamik Pariksha. 3 children from Marcus Square, received Minority Scholarship of Rs. 1024, and 3 children from North Range received pre-matric Scholarship of Rs.100 for their results in formal school. 3 children from Khidderpore and 4 children from Chaitanyo received rank between first and tenth, in their Final Examination in Formal School. edu


216 children are provided with Formal as well as Non-formal Education through the Nabadisha Centres, run by Hope Foundation in collaboration with the Kolkata Police, Community Policing Wing. The children in Nabadisha Project are provided education support, health support and psychological support to ensure their overall development and prevent them from getting engaged in any kind of labour. 65 children in the Nabadisha Unit have been provided with non-formal education, and at the end of the year, 15 of them have been successfully placed in Formal School. 151 children in the Nabadisha centre have been provided with formal education out of which, 119 have been successfully promoted to the next class. 1 child from New Market Nabadisha, received a certificate from KMC School Authority for ranking 3rd among the top 15 students from all the KMC School in Kolkata.

258 Children in Need of Care and Protection are provided Education health and counselling Support living in the Government Homes of Kishalaya, Uttarpara and Sukanya Registered under the Juvenile Justice Care and protection Act 2006.



COMMUNITY MOBILISATION

Educational support is not enough for these children, until and unless the parents and the community is motivated and empowered to ensure the holistic development of the children. Keeping this in mind, a small contribution is collected from the parenst of the children coming to the creche and the coaching centre. Over the ear it has been noticed that parents contribute generously towards their children’s education. In the last under, through the Holistic Education Project, total of One lakh, sixty three thousand two hundred and seventy five rupees (INR 1,63,275) were collected from the parents which has been spent on centre rent, centre maintenance, celebration of festivals and special day in the centre like Saraswati Puja, Children’s Day Teachers’ Day etc.

89 Awareness Camps have been organised throughout the year, in 23 operational areas reaching out to 6893 community people and sensitizing them on various social issues. The topics covered through the Awareness Camps/Events can be broadly divided into three parts-Health, Education and other Social issues.

Participatory monitoring of the Education Centres has been ensured through 21 Parents’ Committee with 178 members. After attending a training on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, Kakoli Bibi, and active member of Parents’ Committee from Chitpur, not only advocated about the issue with the other parents in the community, but also admitted 11 out-of-school children from the Chitpur to Dipak Memorial Junior High School.19 Peer Groups, comprising of 150 Peer Educators have been regularly groomed on various Lifeskill issues like-relationship with the parents, dealing with peer pressure, assertiveness, peer pressure, stress management, conflict resolution, developing a positive attitude. These topics were discussed with the peer educator through role play and group discussion using the Lifeskill Tool of Thoughtshop Foundation, so that they can deal with these everyday life situation with more ease.

Figure 1 Awareness On Violence Against Women. Figure 2 Awareness On Gender Discrimination.


CAPACITY BUILDING

The Teachers as well as the Education Coordinators have been trained on various issues that have helped the teachers to deliver better methodology of learning in the Hope Education Centres and sensitized the Coordinators, on social issues as well as legal issues that helped them to understand the child rights and child protection issues.

Hope Foundation is in partnership with Froebel College, Dublin, for 5 years and the Froebel Professors provided two workshop to the Hope teachers on maths, dram and art. These workshops are of great help for the teachers, who are always encouraged to apply child centric methodology of learning in the Hope Education Centres.

22 Peer Educators were trained on Child Sexual Abuse through a Theatrical Workshop. The workshop was facilitated by renowed Theatrical Personalities from Kolkata such as Dr Soumitra Basu, Dr. Tarun Pradhan and Gautam Mukherjee. Through the 5 day workshop, the children learned about coordination and concentration, team work, observation and trust building through various games. The children were oriented about good touch and bad touch, and vulnerability of children to sexual abuse. The children learned about the basics of theater performance through small screen shots. With the adequate guidance from the facilitators and using their own imagination, thoughts and real-life experience the children made two separate theatrical productions at the end of the 5th day.


NETWORKING

As an initiative to universalize primary education, efforts were given by the team of Holistic Education, to enroll out of school and drop out children to the formal school. These children were identified from the operational area and enrolled to Formal School. Through this drive, 346 out of school children were admitted to formal school of which 61% are boys and 39% are girls. This has been possible through regular networking with the local formal school.

Share Stories Open Minds-a project conceived by Peace Work Foundation, uses the powerful medium of storytelling to reach out to the underprivileged children in Kolkata. With a handful of passionate and dedicated volunteers, The Seagull Foundation for the Arts has spent time telling stories to the children in 16 Nabadisha all over Kolkata. The children during the story telling session also learned how to express their feelings through expression and make a new story by themselves. They learned about different types of drawing as well, throughout the year, various events and programmes were organised by Seagull Foundation to encourage these children, in nurturing their creativity and innovative approach. As a part of this Programme a Storytelling festival (Golpo Mela) was organised by the Seagull Foundation, in association with Kolkata Police and Radio Mirchi. Nabadisha children along with various schools, NGOs, NPOs participated in the programme. 24 children from Gariahat and Tollygunge Nabadisha participated in this program and children showed their interest in story telling. Other schools also participated in this program. Many game stalls and other activity stalls were also set up.



Child Development Khazana Programme by Butterflies:

Child Development Khazana (CDK), is an initiative by Butterflies, that organizes and empowers street children and encourage them to have a saving for themselves. It teaches the children to priorities needs, budget, save and manage money. The children of the Nabadisha Project are under this progamme. As part of this programme, 1 Child form new market, 1 form Tollygunge and 3 children form Garaihat with the Project In Charge got the opportunity to participate in two programmes organised in Delhi and Jaipur respectively. It was a great exposure for these children, who got the opportunity to meet their peers form other part of the country like Ladakh, Jaipur, Orissa, Bihar, Mumbai, Kerala and Andaman. The workshop in Jaipur was International where children from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and Kirigisthan participated. From the Nabadisha Project, 97 children are members of CDK who have altogether made a deposition of Rs. 30,795 over a period of one year.