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The Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 inserted Article 21-A & Right to Education in the Constitution of India to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right. The reason being, the fact that India’s literacy rate is still 76% after 70 years of Independence. This is just a literacy rate and not educated rate, which is even low than this.
As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to create a sustainable planet, to prevent needless deaths and illness, and to foster peace. And in a knowledge economy, education is the new currency by which nations maintain economic competitiveness and global prosperity. Education is an investment, and one of the most critical investments we can make. Every human being needs oxygen to survive in the world and education is as important as this because education gives people the knowledge and skills they require. Education is important to people of all ages and it has no limit, but considering children our future of the nation they need it the most.”
Parivartan “The Change” started the Project Pa8shaala (can u give a date) with a belief that securing our future generation can leads to securing a family, society and nation at large.In Moradabad, where we started our NGO, we witnessed several issues related to children. We saw children who are more prone to drugs, tobacco, begging and child labor. These children were deprived of their basic right to learn and being educated to lead a life where they are empowered to fulfill their aspirations and dreams. The question that came in front of us was that despite having primary schools, convent schools, private aided schools why these children deprived of the basic right to education and live a dignified life at large? Thereafter, we all decided and pledged to work for these deprived kids who need our outmost care and this gave birth to our Project Pa8shaala. We at Parivartan "The Change" want to see the change for the youth, for the society and for the country. As said by Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
An initiative to educate slum children
Pa8shaala - an initiative to educate and enroll slum children in school was initiated on 6th May 2017 with just 25 kids at Kapoor Company, Moradabad U.P as the first branch of project.
The first step in getting children from slums enrolled in proper school to get education involved showing and teaching them the benefit and need of education. We at Parivartan teach them in the best possible way to generate the interest. We also pay special focus to moral and ethics to make them a better person overall. So far we have completed 2 successful branches and are now running another 2 branches at Dehra dun, U.K and Wave Greens Moradabad, U.P.
Under Pa8shaala we put thrust on over all development of child through various activities and tasks to generate the spark and make them a good and responsible citizen. We believe society and nation can only progress, if our youth and future generation are well aware of their duties and responsibilities as a sincere citizen of the nation. So not only academic education but also moral, ethics and personality grooming is our focus. A regular syllabus and schedule is our basic methodology to teach them 6 days in a week. The activities that are being done in the classes include:-
- Star of the week - For choosing one best kid within a week, in order to incentivize kids.
- Health check-up camp for their well being and health issues.
- Digital Learning with the help of Laptop to show them stories and clips related to morals & science.
- Sports and Dance activities for overall development.
- Creativity and Arts class for creativity enhancement and fun.
- Distribution of study material & other essential things.
- Celebration of cultural events, fests to make them understand about their Nation & its various cultures.
- Farewell to Pa8shaala kids for making them feel a sense of emotional attachment with our team.
- School Visits and educational tours to local places to make them understand how outer world look like.
Stems involved in Pa8shaala:
- Survey of the slum area.
- Regular classes for students.
- Enrollment of students in schools.
- Farewell to Pa8shaala kids.
Problems faced during Survey and initial classes:
- Mindset of children and their guardians.
- Counseling them and their guardians.
Counseling children - We could see spark in the eyes of every kid we interacted with. For us everyone was a little gem, the future of our country. Our role was to polish them and to change how they look at the world around themselves. The biggest problem we faced was none of them were keen to learn something new which was not at all their fault. We then started on our journey, and the task was not at all easy. At first we did not try to educate, we just went to them saying we want them as our friends. We tried to talk to them, to better understand how and what they think of everything and the value of education. As expected we could feel that they were not much interested to learn. But we made a strategy for developing interest and started incentivise them through announcing “Star of the week” to the best students among them thereby creating a healthy competition among the children.
"Our aim was to create a seed of education among the children because to make a plant, it takes time. But we proudly say that we have initiated a spark among these children and their guardians. I could feel that inner satisfaction somewhere deep sound my heart."
Counseling Guardians - This was a tough milestone which we had to achieve for the success of our initiative. We as a team met many guardians and the mentality of most of them were like what’s the use of education and we don't have enough money. Neither we were educated nor have enough resources to make them educated. But we know the biggest problem was their lack of willingness. We then tried to make them aware of how important education is to groom their children and make them successful. Although around 25% of the guardians were just short of financial resources but not at all short of willingness. So we met people with mixed thought processes. But our motive as a team is to provide them at least basic elementary level education and to make them literate. Now I proudly say that we achieved our milestone. 20 out of 23 guardians were ready to send their children to us. Bang on!!! We just achieved our first milestone by counseling these guardians properly.
- The first branch of Pa8shaala started in Kapoor Company slum, Moradabad on May 6. 2017. We were success in teaching nearly 46 students and were successful in enrolling 26 kids in the government school within 3 months of project.
- The second branch started with 41 children Karula double fatak slum, Moradabad on October 22, 2017 but this branch was closed as they were residing illegally so their shelters were removed by the administration.
- The 2nd branch on 3rd location was successfully completed on March 30, 2018, which started on November 8, 2017 with teaching nearly 53 kids and 35 regular children at Ram Ganga Vihar Moradabad with an aim to enroll all of them in Government Primary School in April 2018.
- The 3rd branch has been successfully completed at slums under Bindal Bridge, Dehradoon, Uttrakhand where 49 kids were taught and 25 regular kids were enrolled in August 2018.
- The 4th branch of Pa8shaala has been successfully completed at Wave Greens, Moradabad with 20 kids out of which 16 have been enrolled in Government school.
- The current branch is the 5th branch of Pa8shaala which has been running since, 12th Dec 2018 at Pocket C- Kanshi Ram Nagar, Moradabad with more than 40 kids in pa8shaala.
Students enrolled in Pa8shaala Project: more than 254
Students enrolled in Schools: more than 102
Families impacted: more than 200
When we started our project Pa8shaala, they had no idea, interest and engagement in the education field. They did not know about themselves nor were aware of the basic details about their families and the society they live in. Within a month or two the ones who were below the line of self consciousness, today can show respect towards elder, and behave with juniors. They are mannered children who can proudly introduce their parents. More over they now know as to how they can serve their surroundings and nature. The ones who doesn't know how to speak, now they are able to write, not only their names but basics of Hindi, English & Mathematics. They can at least check whether they are being cheated by the local shopkeeper or not. This for us is a huge transformation but we all long that we have a long way ahead!
Instead of having life without colors now they can enjoy the rainbow of life with multi colors and have a standard (learning) form of games to play, through craft activity they can form base of their dream house not with bricks and cement but with paper and clay (as it is said something is better than nothing). Many of them now want to be singer or dancer, as they felt it is one by which they can enjoy their lives more freely or can have it in a better way. Now they know, the place where they exist, they know about a planet called Earth, they visualize little stars like them who now are twinkling, they feel proud about their nationality to whom they belong and feel proud to say "Jai Hind" with a roar and thunder.
When it comes to education, girls lag behind boys significantly. This situation arises due to the patriarchal mindset of a lot of families in India. Girls are often viewed as future housewives and family caretakers. They are often deprived higher education and in some cases even school education. Being educated gives an equal opportunity to women to be skilled workers who use their learning as a boon that will help better the future of their families and their communities. But here we are focusing equally on girls and boys irrespective of the gender issues and indeed the focus towards girls are even more as we believe that a girl alone is able to sustain two families through one life both in laws and her own family so making her independent and educated is our foremost duty. It’s quite disheartening to see many children are involved in activities like, child labor, working in shops, living in villas as guards, working as domestic laborers in apartments, homes and even some are addicted to tobacco and begging.
But we can proudly say at least our Pa8shaala kids are now able to access education through proper schools and bringing the change that they wish to see in the world.
Major impacts that can be seen with the project are:
- 200 Children have got education through the project.
- 102 students are now in mainstream of the society with Pa8shaala.
- Residents of 5 localities are keen to send their children directly in school even without our help.
- Enrolled kids are now able to live a healthy, hygienic and bright life ahead with Pa8shaala.
- Students are now more confident, able to learn new things and live a dignified life ahead.
- Parents of these families are happy and dream of their child living a better life.
- Earlier they were not having any identity but now they have Aadhar cards, which were made for their admission in schools.
- 200 families were able to know about RTE Act and benefits of education.
Its a Project to educate slum children who are not getting education or getting education but actually not gaining proper knowledge.
Our #Pa8shaala will give them knowledge along with humanity & morality. We believe making children a good citizen and a good human being is easy as compared to a man.
" If foundation is strong, building will obviously be stronger"...
Our #Guruji(Teacher) will teach proper 4 subjects(Hindi, Eng, Maths, Sci) along with it Moral science and a day particularly for students' interest & their creativity like dance, art, singing, speech, writing, games, theatre etc. This will help them understand their interest & life as well.
Boosting their interest through incentives and encouragement.
"Star Of The Week"
To encourage their Hard work and create a will in other students through gifts and incentives is also a strategy to create more interest in studies and it also develops a competitiveness in our children.
For keeping these kids well perform in every field
"Health Camp for the well being of Children at PA8SHAALA"
"Healthy mind Nurtures in a healthy body"
In pursuit of giving these under privileged kids basic education along with morality and creative studies, our team is continously working hard. During this journey, some helping hand came forward to help these children. One of those helping hands is DrSandeep Kumar Verma of Pushpanjali Homoeopathy Near Sadhbhavna Nursing Home Aashiyana -1 Moradabad.
We organised a free health camp for these children & their parents, to examine and treat some general diseases like Fever, Fungal Infection, Viral disease, Respiratory disease, Chicken pox, Malaria, Small pox etc. We checked and gave medicine to approx.50 people and treated them with some preventive medicines.
During this camp we found some children who were suffering from various communicable diseases, pox , digestive system problems so we gave some medicines to boost their immune system.
Our focus is to aware the parents about these diseases which affect their kids due to their ignorance. A healthy body dwells in a sound environment , so we gave them some tips to focus on cleanliness and hygienic condition for their child.
It really feels great when we get some helping hands like this who come forward to help and serve the society through any means.
We are highly obliged and thankful to Dr. Sandeep Verma for this great effort and also like to thanks our team mates for this devotion.
Celebration with our pa8shaala kids
"Farewell to PA8SHAALA Kids"
Enrollment of our pa8shaala kids in Schools.
"Admission of PA8SHAALA Kids"
All these kids who were the part of Pa8shaala project have been enrolled in the government schools at various locations. So far we have enrolled 102 kids in the schools.