Making education a reality for every child is not an easy task. Holistic change in the lives of children is only possible when we tackle the root cause that continues to keep our children illiterate, hungry and vulnerable. The expansion of school system can enormously reduce the number of child laborers. The major activities driven by Chetanalaya include pre-school education, non-formal education, remedial education, admission drive, facilitation centres and policy advocacy.

Education is one of the best means of intervention in helping the community and children to develop themselves and to be groomed into good citizens. It is the most crucial investment in human development. Education strongly influences health, hygiene, demographic profile, productivity and all that is concerned with the quality of life. It plays a major role in improving economic opportunities for people, and enhancing their life style and skills and providing more productive employment. Chetanalaya’s operational areas are 15 slums in Delhi and some selected rural areas in Haryana.

Pre-School Centres

Pre-school centers are started with a vision of promoting the children for formal schooling, which will be helpful for the children in the slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi. Thousands of children are enrolled for pre-schooling in the Balwadis managed by Chetanalaya. Chetanalaya has prepared its own text book named “Bal Darshan”, which was scientifically designed to suit the overall integrated development of children. Teachers are imparted regular training on various methods/tools to make learning interesting and easy for kids. After the one-year programme, children are helped to enroll themselves in the near by schools. Regular parent-teacher meetings are held to discuss issues affecting children like health, nutrition, hygiene, absenteeism, admission to formal schools and ensure quality education in the school.

Remedial Education Centres

With the aim of curtailing the number of school dropouts, Chetanalaya has initiated remedial classes for slow learners and weak students, as the target group consisting of migrants, daily wage earners, internally displaced people and people who cannot afford to give priority to education. The teachers help the students to understand the input given in the schools, so that they are able to keep pace with the teaching done in the schools. The classes are conducted for two hours every day after the school hours in these centres. This individualized coaching enables children to measure-up to their counterparts in the formal school. This programme is of great help especially for those children who have no facilities at home and less opportunity to study.

Admission Campaign

Admission campaign is adopted as a strategy to motivate & facilitate children’s school admission. Rallies, street plays, puppet shows, etc. are organized in each area to sensitize the public, together with displaying banners and posters at prominent places and distributing handbills. Admission campaigns are very much beneficial for the illiterate parents as Chetanalaya animators enable them to complete the admission procedures.

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