Followings are the key programmes carried out:
- Evening tuition centers for village children
- Early learning Centers (Crèche) for construction workers, quarry children, and slum children of Bangalore city
- Summer life skill training for school going children
- Skill Training for dropouts and unemployed poor village women
- Non formal skill training (Miani Tailoring Institute) for young unwed and rural girls
- Providing books, uniform for poor children programme
EVENING TUITION CENTER FOR RURAL POOR SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN
Integrated Child Development Plan:
It is shocking to see the results of a survey conducted by human development for Karnataka in 1999. According to it, out of the estimated total child population of 94 lakhs in the age group of 6-14 years, 26 lakhs are out of school. In Bangalore alone 35,000 children were living on the streets in the late 1980’s and the number has now alarmingly increasing. Out of every 100 children who join the first standard, by the 10th standard 50 children have left the school. Only 15 out of every 100 children finish 12 years of schooling.
The programme also ensures increasing academic performance of rural children, encouraging extra curricular activities, developing their talents, enhancing lower self confidence, self confidence, sensitizing their rights, improving parents’ responsibilities towards children’s education and building goal oriented career, through life coping skills. The programme is planned with suitable and feasible activities and with total participation of local parishes and communities, and parents and educational institutions to ensure that every child completes 10th standard and acquires life skills and develops personal talents.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT:
- Chilume has started 15 evening tuition centers in remote villages of Kanakapura area
- Started similar evening tuition centers in poor slum, semi slum, temporary settlement areas of Bangalore city for construction workers, quarry workers and slum children
- Starting community based evening tuition centers with 30-45 children enrolled in each center i.e. we have reached around 600 poor children
- Appointing a community decent qualified teacher for each center
- Identifying and motivating vulnerable children to enroll to tuition centers
- Conducting extra coaching to children especially in difficult subjects like English, mathematics, and science, conducting individual assessment
- Providing books, uniform, fees, and other education accessories for poorest of the poor children
- Organizing monthly Parents meeting to sensitize on importance of education, gender equity, and roles of parents towards their children’s education
- Organizing exposure programmes for children annually
- Organizing extra curricular activities such as summer camp, Christmas gathering, catechism, faith animation programmes, talents development, etc.
- Mainstreaming dropouts to formal schools
- Rapport building with educational institutions for mainstreaming purposes
- Organizing general health camp once a year and referring to hospitals
- Centers function from Monday to Saturday between evening 5:7;30pm
Harobale, Jyothinagar, D.K.Nagar, Nallahalli, Bettada Ulsoor, Theresapura, Hegganoor, Dam, Chamblikidoddi, Mariapura, Kanakapura, Maralebukuppe, Mullahalli, Nayakara doddi, and Somanahalli
Bangalore: Chikkabanasawadi, K.R. Puram, Kalkere, Angalapura, Bellahalli, Anandapura, Batrahalli, Tilaknagar, et.
Providing Educational Aids to disadvantaged school going children:
Children have real problems at the time of admission to school as parents are unable to provide fees, books, uniform, shoes, and other accessories. If parents do not pay the fees on time, school managements act very rudely by sending them out of school, punishing students, not allowing them to sit in class while subjects are taught, and give other mental and emotional tortures to pitiful students. Chilume along with tuition programme, identify needy and disadvantaged children and provide basic educational aids at the moment of enrolment to school.
- Total children covered: 600
- Total No of children provided fees: 254
- Total no of children provided Uniform: 75
- Total No of children provided Books:580
- Total no of children mainstreamed or prevented from being dropout: 222
- Early Childhood Education Opportunities to quarry, construction and poor children:
- Concept & Problem statement:
The programme envisages to address the problems of early childhood education of poor children, preventing childhood diseases, prevention of 6 killers diseases among poor children, preventing mal nourishment to enhance health, individual attention to promote emotional development, and above all, through this programme we want to ensure that every children irrespective of whatever, social and economic background is prepared and mainstreamed to formal schools.
There are more than 4,00,000 migrant quarry workers and there are nearly 600 slums in bangalore city alone i.e. approximately 60% of total population of Bangalore city lives in poor inhabitation. The worst affected out of these situations are the children. Parents neglect their early childhood education and development. Due to poverty and ignorance, they are left with other siblings and go to work in some menial jobs. This is how children get neglected.
Chilume has identified 10-15 dominant poor inhabitations in Bangalore where children aged between 0-6 years are totally neglected and their development is hampered.
Kalkere, K.R.pura, Anandapura, Bellahalli, Agrahara, yarappanabonde, Meesinganahalli, chikkasanne, Horamavu, chikkabanasawadi, Tilak nagar, somanahalli, inhabitations by quarry workers, construction workers, and migrants in search of job opportunities.
Kalkere-65-90 huts, Anandapura-45-70, Chikkabanasawadi-80-125 huts, yarappanahalli-80-90 huts, K.R.Puram-65, Agrahara-121 huts, Bellahalli-145 huts, Meesiganahalli-52 huts, Chikkasanne-112 huts, Tilaknagar-90-150 houses.
The project covers approximately 1020 poor households from these areas and benefits directly 158 children (98 girls and 52 boys) and aged between 0-6 years.
Summer camp and Skill Training Programme:
Most of the rural students are with low aptitude due to parent’s illiteracy, ignorance, low motivation, low self esteem, low confidence, and lack of quality education opportunities
Activities Carried out:
- Organize every year during Dasara and summer holidays, 15-20 days of intensive English spoken classes, life skills, and developing extra curricular activities like sports, cultural events, etc.
- Results: after our interventions:
- More than 50% of tuition going children passed with 60% marks in English and mathematics
- All children in tuition centers compulsorily speak broken English
- Teachers of schools have acknowledged improvement of tuition going children and asked other weaker students in class to join our evening tuition center and summer camps
- All children get a chance to exhibit their talents in summer camp and tuition centers
- Some of the summer and tuition going students have scored first and distinctions in their classes
- Some of the summer and tuition going students are chosen as class leaders, group leaders
- Some of the summer and tuition going students are included to perform dances, skits, and other activities in school programme.
- Skill Training for unemployed, unskilled dropouts and poor girls:
About 60% of young students drop out of school before completing 10th standard and are engaged in health hazardous and hard physical labor, coolie work and seasonal jobs earning meager income. They are not skilled in trades other than agriculture labor. Parents, due to poverty and lack of job opportunities are unable to help and guide their sons and daughters to take up some viable productive income generating activities. Therefore, they do not have career guidance and secured job, hence, poverty remains an illusion and potential skills are wasted. Whereas, there are good number of areas required market driven skills, if acquired could enable them to earn good income and improve their economic condition in future. These situations affect worst among girl children as they are forced to marry early, remain subjected to male domination, marry without choice or to a lower class person.
Activities carried out:
Identified young dropouts especially girls, motivated them to enroll themselves to skill training in Tailoring, home electrical, and other income generating activities. Thus 58 young girls are trained in tailoring and are engaged in self business and earning up to Rs.2000/- per month. 33 young boys are trained in home electrical and placed on good job and self employment.